Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Research Grants in Discography

Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Research Grants in Discography

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When the ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research were launched in 1991, the first winner in Classical Music was A Gregorian Chant Discography. Printed out from a relational database, it proved to be a highly accurate list of 8,200 recorded chants made from 1904 to 1989. The resulting printout consisted of four lists: records, chants, performers and an alphabetical index. A second edition always seemed desirable, but it could not be just a supplement, for it would be necessary to integrate the new entries into the existing data. As new recordings proliferated, a print edition began to seem prohibitively expensive. A database on CD-ROM was considered, but in the end cooler heads prevailed with the advice that a database on a dedicated Web site was the best way to make the information widely available.

In November 2009, FTL Information Technology was engaged to create a database modelled on the original book. In February 2010, data entry began, starting with a list of chant titles in a Word file. Once the basic description of a record was entered, it was a simple matter to find, copy and paste one title at a time from the Word document to the Web page, which appeared side by side on the monitor. Track number, timing and comments would be added to each entry. By the time this appears, over six hundred CDs issued since 1990 will be entered. …

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