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SoundtrackNet: The Art of Film and Television Music. (Digital Media Reviews: Film Music Web Sites)

Academic journal article Notes

SoundtrackNet: The Art of Film and Television Music. (Digital Media Reviews: Film Music Web Sites)

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SoundtrackNet: The Art of Film and Television Music. Dan Goldwasser, editor in chief; David A. Koran, webmaster. http://www.soundtrack.net

SoundtrackNet is probably the oldest comprehensive film music Site on the Web, if one takes its entire genealogy into account. The site's banner proudly proclaims "5Th Anniversary, 1997-2002," but in fact its origins can be traced to 1996, when Ellen Edgerton founded filmmusic.com, the first Web site to attempt an all-inclusive view of the film music world, rather than concentrate on soundtrack album collecting or a single composer. SoundtrackNet was created in 1997 and eventually absorbed the contents of filmmusic.com, thus creating a megasite of surprising breadth. (The domains soundtrack.net and filmmusic.com are now functionally equivalent.)

Certainly the highlight of SoundtrackNet is the soundtracks database, probably the most valuable element inherited from filmmusic.com. One of the most common reference questions about film music is, "Does a soundtrack album exist for this film?" SoundtrackNet features a searchable database of film music on compact disc that surpasses any printed discography yet available. One can perform a keyword search of this database from anywhere in SoundtrackNet; a search entry box is present in the top banner of every page. One can also browse alphabetical lists by author and title. The full record displays offer an impressive level of detail, typically including concise bibliographic descriptions, track lists with timings, estimated monetary value (a useful benchmark for anyone contemplating a foray into the vast soundtrack listings on the eBay online auction site), a container image, links to retail sources, the appropriate All-Music Guide (www.allmusic.com) entry, and a link to the Gist television schedule database (www.gist.com) if one wishes to experience the music in its original cinematic context.

Many of the database entries include reviews, which are also accessible through a separate "Reviews" menu. Many of these reviews are written by site editor Dan Goldwasser, although there seem to be a multitude of other contributors. …

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