* Create classical music lists, listen to them and share them to the whole world
* Ask for work recommendations and let the community answers you by adding and voting for classical works that are relevant to your question
* Discover new works through personalized recommendations on your homepage, using the categorized basic lists filtered by periods, composers and genres or using community list
* Open discussion and start debates about your favorite composers and works
* Review classical works, read others' reviews
* Discover the most favorited recordings for any classical work. Add your favorite recordings
* Follow your friends and favorite users to see their posts on your homepage
* See latest posts (discussions, reviews, recordings) of your followed composers on your customized homepage feed
* Share stories, blogs and news about anything related to classical music
* Listen to top works filtered by period, genre or composer. If you're bored, you can listen to a random masterpiece using a magic button on your homepage!
Here's a couple of ideas how to improve the tool:
* Links to Spotify, Deezer, et al. would be great (I particularly care about Deezer, because they offer(ed) the most comprehensive selection of classical music).
* I'm missing interprets. Search for "Karajan" yields nothing, yet Karajan is a super important figure in classical music. The same for the orchestras, string quartets, etc.
* Some people care about record labels, too. For example, I'd like to search specifically for DG, Decca and similar.
* I understand that the world of classical music is enormous and you'll never get all music. Improving the library will be an ongoing challenge. For example, there is Dvorak's Piano Quintet no. 2, but no. 1 is not present.
* I'm not sure I understand the UI. What belongs to the purple are at the top and what belongs to the white area below?
I might come up with more ideas later.
Hope this does not sound derisive, my points are just suggestions about how to take the tool further. It's fantastic that someone is working on this! Fingers crossed and keep up the great job!
> Links to Spotify, Deezer, et al
I am planning to do that. However, Youtube will remain the default. I guess that Spotify has some limitiations (must be loggenot in, limitations outside the US, I doubt that many obscure works have recordings)
> missing interprets. Search for "Karajan" yields nothing
The search currently works for composers only. But it will expanded soon to musicians so you can see all recordings of a certain musician.
> Some people care about record labels, too. For example, I'd like to search specifically for DG, Decca and similar
This also shall be ready so you can filter recordings also by label. This is really a priority on my todo list
> I'm not sure I understand the UI. What belongs to the purple are at the top and what belongs to the white area below?
You mean inside composer/ work pages? The first one contains main info about the composer/work and some quick links to listen (top composer works - top genre works)/see work lists
> Hope this does not sound derisive, my points are just suggestions about how to take the tool further. It's fantastic that someone is working on this! Fingers crossed and keep up the great job!
Not at all, that's what Show HN is for! I am really happy that you like it
Does Deezer support gapless (not cross-faded) playback? Because as far as I can tell, most of the streaming services miss the mark dramatically here. It’s definitely most painful when listening to classical music to have what should have been a seemless transition from one movement to the next have a jarring stop.
The problem with spotify is that i cannot search by label. I am new to classical music and sticking to a quality label helps a lot.
Regarding searching for labels, you can actually do that: https://news.spotify.com/se/2009/05/20/spotify-0315-with-lab...
It’s just a bit cumbersome, and not so easy to find the exact name of the label stored in the database. I think you can use the API to find the (exact) name of the label assigned for a particular song.
BTW: does anyone know anything about blog.explodingads.com, it seems to be reposting HN comments and then using the comments to comment on other sites.
I saw the reference on the link you mentioned.
Other than that, the site looks great!
On-topic, how can I listen to a performance? I clicked through to a few lists but haven't found any buttons to do that on the site.
EDIT: Not much luck :/
Alternatively, you can ask someone who trains deep learning models on audio files, and has a large classical dataset.
It's definitely not by Ry Cooder, we contacted him and he said he hadn't composed it. It sounds a lot like Glazunov, too:
I have a year and half old kid and while we generally don't watch TV, one exception is watching concerts. After we have exploited the "easy" tracks on YouTube like searching for "Wiener Philharmoniker" or "Berliner Philharmoniker", finding more decent quality live concerts is a huge challenge.
I'd personally enjoy a big fat action button on the landing page that just says "Play" (just like the "i'm feeling lucky" button on the "TV" page). I know you have higher ambitions with the site (social, etc), but, anecdotally, i'm studying for exams right now and don't really have the motivation to parse all that text and creating a new user, but you could've easily had me listening for an hour if the content was easily, immediately accessible.
EDIT: Who am I kidding, I'm procrastinating so I might as well procrastinate right: It would be nice if the linked videos used youtubes timecode function, to skip intros. It was a bit jarring to hear the presenter in this video, for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=69&v=IInG5nY_wrU
EDIT: You have to click "TV" first. Which was confusing, since I was looking for music and thinking TV referred to watching actual TV.
Why am I forced to 'star' 5 composers and 5 works upon registration? I recognized a most of the top ~10 composers but I'm sure most people will just click the top 5 and move on which really defeats the purpose doesn't it?
And then once I'm at the homepage, I don't immediately see where I can review / change my stars.
1. you see posts on your homepage feed of composers you followed (of course you can see all other posts without leacving the feed but only posts related to your followed composers are loaded by default)
2. Get work recommendations based on your followed composers and starred works.
You are right that it sucks if you know little about classical music. A skip button will be added soon.
i didn't pick any of the top 5 composers, and yet the works were largely from them. the 3 composers i was actually interested in don't appear anywhere on the list of works i get to choose from. :(
- the "I'm feeling lucky" button you mention in the comments here (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15861489) is nowhere to be found, maybe not on the home page ? I did a ctrl-F to be sure but nothing.
- You ask me to choose 5 of my favorites composers, but you only show me the top N most popular ones ... it feels very rude, you basically ask me to lie, imagine if on a regular music site I could only like something in the current top 40. Also consider that the probability that the 5 favorites composers of a given person are all in the top 40 is very low. I feel like presenting them that way is only going to make the most popular artificially even more popular which I don't think is something that you want.
- It seems even worse for the "favorite pieces" list. The probability that a person's favorite pieces are all in the top N you selected is very very low. The majority of the pieces in that list were composed by composers I didn't choose just before.
- The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni) was in the list 4 times, and The Rite Of Spring twice, as well as Chopin's Nocturnes (which is several pieces, by the way).
Apart from that I like the high-density layout, a welcome departure from the usual sites composed mostly of empty space.
> - the "I'm feeling lucky" button you mention in the comments here (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15861489) is nowhere to be found, maybe not on the home page ? I did a ctrl-F to be sure but nothing.
It's on the TV page https://classicalmusiconly.com/tv
> You ask me to choose 5 of my favorites composers, but you only show me the top N most popular ones
> The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni) was in the list 4 times, and The Rite Of Spring twice, as well as Chopin's Nocturnes (which is several pieces, by the way).
These 2 points are totally valid and I am aware of them. These 2 points are connected to each other due to some technical difficulty (or maybe a bug?) in Django. We had difficulty to get unique random set of filtered items. That's why you see probably some duplicate items. Other users may have not experieced it because it happens randomly. That's why we ordered composers by some other metric. However, you can follow/unfollow any composer at anytime later inside their profile pages or on the TV page while listening a work by that composer.
> It seems even worse for the "favorite pieces" list. The probability that a person's favorite pieces are all in the top N you selected is very very low. The majority of the pieces in that list were composed by composers I didn't choose just before.
Because The starring stage doesn't depend on the followed composers' stage. It's rational because you may want to star works within a bigger set of items and not be bound by followed composers only.
Peteris Vasks  is "now is one of the most influential and praised European contemporary composers."
I will add all pending requests before the weekend
Good for you! Currently there are some 500 works that are marked as "masterpieces". Not necesarrily all of them are Mass in B minor or Mozart's requiem tier. You may be surprised that you can discover some great work you didn't know about using this button. I am currently planning to add some filters so you can get a random work from a filtered set (Genre, period, century, composers' country). Of course, it will be improved as more works are added. But for now, it works totally random from a filtered set of works that are marked as masterpieces.
I've never been good at reading music notation, so those sections of the book (which I need to re-read sometime soon) are glossed over, and I feel I'm missing out.
Listen for yourself: http://www.cpr.org/classical
Anyway, my question may get lost, as this post really blew up, but here it is. I'm launching a project I've been working on soon-ish, and I'm wondering: what steps did you take to gain traction? My project is somewhat socially-oriented like yours (i.e. there's no paid product), so I'm wondering if you can share any insight into how to get it out there and get high-qualify contributors.
Thanks, and again, awesome job :)
Thanks again and good luck with your project.
1. you get posts on your homepage feed of composers you followed (you can also see other posts on your feed but the default is filtered by your followed composers)
2. Discover work recommendations based on your followed composers and starred works