As I browse the music4dance catalog and find a song I like, it’s nice to be able to see who added it and use that as a way to find other songs that I might like. To this end, I’ve added a new section to the song details page called Changes that lists the changes people (and the bots/scrapers that I’ve written) have made to the song.
This shows me that ZacharyPachol, BatesBallooom and JonathanWolfgram have all voted for this song to be danced as an East Coast Swing. So I can, for instance, click on ZacharyPachol and get to a list of all songs that he has voted on. I can then click on “Change Search” to filter the list down to East Coast Swing songs that ZacharyPachol has voted on. Or I can just click on any East Coast Swing tag in the original search and choose to filter the list that way.
Even as I write this, I see that there are several ways I might want to improve this feature. But I have a limited amount of time and so many ideas, so please let me know if you find the feature useful and if you would like improvements. Also, I’m very interested in getting more direct participation in rating songs (the site is currently built much more on automation than direct user participation) – so let me know what would make rating songs interesting to you.
P.S. There are about ten other things I’d like to say about this, but I’m trying to keep this short so I can get out more posts. But I can’t resist noting that you can also see that this song was used on Dancing with the Stars to dance Paso Doble and Ballroom Tango – a good example of how one can use a song for a performance piece that you might not want to dance (that dance style to) socially.
There are enough people that visit music4dance regularly that I thought it would be worth revisiting how to make it easy to find the most recently added and changed music on the site. I did one pass at this back in November of 2016 when I had to change the default away from listing songs in order of most recently changed.
But that involved adding a link the home page and some options in the Advanced Search page and didn’t do a great job of leading people to that option if they didn’t know it was already there.
So I’ve added a “New Music” option in the “Music” menu. This will take you directly to a page showing the songs with the most recently added first as well as an easy link to switch over to the most recently changed songs. I hope this is a bit more discoverable than previous methods.
Once you’re on the New Music page you can use all of the usual methods of tag filtering to narrow down your search and we’ll preserve the sort order that you started with.
You can still use Advanced Search to do things like finding the most recently added Rumbas or Tangos.
We’re adding new music as we find it. You can help in a couple of different ways. Sign up for beta feature to add your own songs, mark exiting songs as danceable to a particular style, or send me lists of your favorite songs and what you dance to them – I can import any reasonably formatted list and will be happy to associate those songs with your account and set up a back-link to your site.
It’s great to see so many people use the site. Please let me know how you use the site, I’m always delighted to hear your feedback both positive and not so positive (the latter is often what leads me down the path of new and revised features).
After several rounds of closed beta, I’m ready to open up the account management and tag editing features as public betas.
The tag editor is the first of a number of features that I’m planning that will enable you to customize your music4dance experience. With the tag editor you can tag songs and the relationships between songs and dance styles based on your own tastes and then use the tag filtering tools to create song lists based on your own tags as all the tags already in the system. In addition, just the act of tagging a song adds it to your master list of songs.
Get started by registering. Then take a quick look at the documentation and get started. Or for the more daring among you, just start tagging songs and see what happens.
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