As of this writing the publicly visible music4dance catalog contains just over twenty seven thousand songs. But the underlying index contains well over forty six thousand songs. So what’s the deal with the missing twenty thousand songs? These are song listings that I’ve pulled in one way or another but aren’t complete in some way.
- All of the songs must have been matched to an entry in one of the publisher catalogs that we search.
- Each song must have been tagged with at least one dance style.
I believe that these are perfectly reasonable constraints and help to reduce confusion for a novice user. However, there is a whole lot of information indexed in our catalog that people aren’t seeing and could be of some use.
One of the things that people often do on the site is to search for ideas for songs to dance to. They will search for an artist name or a fragment of the title of a song and see what comes up. This works great, but of course, the more songs that can be searched the more likely that you’ll get a useful idea. The songs that are in the bonus section have had less scrutiny, many of them probably have small typos or other inaccuracies in the title or artist that prevented them from being matched to a publisher’s catalog. Or they might be obscure songs that just aren’t as easily available on Spotify or Amazon. In either case, I think getting to these additional songs is useful to the expert user sleuthing for the interesting or obscure song to choreograph to or surprise their dancers with.
Another case is where someone is looking for a song of a particular tempo but doesn’t necessarily need it to be specifically for one of the dance styles that we currently catalog. This might be because they’re looking for something to dance to in a different style that might have a specific tempo requirement but doesn’t necessarily have some of the other requirements for partner dancing. One case that comes to mind is tap dance music, but I’m sure there are others. One could potentially use this for finding running or exercise music of a specific tempo.
If you’re interested in exploring this, here’s how:
- Sign in or Create an Account (documentation)
- Purchase a premium subscription (documentation)
- Go to the advanced search form and search as usual, but check one or both of the bonus content options. (documentation)
As always, I’m interested in your feedback. Please let me know if this feature seems useful to you. Or even better, let me know how you use this feature so that I can add that to common use cases and blog about it in the future.