Over the last months the TANGO-DJ.AT database received huge updates and additions, as well as multiple small updates every day. It currently features 90.000+ recordings from archive transfers of 78-RPM records and vinyls over professionally ripped CDs to basically a complete catalog of all digital tango projects and releases! It covers some of the earliest recordings from the beginning of 20th century up to contemporary tango orchestras recording today. All of which supporting members can pre-listen and compare with each other in order to find the prefered version of a given tango recording.
A lot of work also goes into adding, correcting, commenting and researching extensive meta data for those recordings. Since I also sometimes loose insight of all the recent major updates I set up a database changelog page where I am going to protocoll larger updates. With this it will be possible to follow major updates which normally are done for a whole complete discography of a given orchestra oder singer.
It is the largest digital accessible tango archive in the world and the only one which enables users to listen to this huge number of recordings across different media and recording dates down to the detail of the specific version on a given media/release.
This extend of maintenance and extension requires a huge amount of work. Sadly the project still can't be financed by the current number of supporting members. In order to keep it up and running at this level special funding, or significantly more supporting members are desperately needed. Also resources for future development and implementation of new features are needed.
Every single new membership helps running and improving this database project! So if you find this project helpfull, please let people know about it, talk about it, suggest to contribute and encourage them to sign up for a supporting membership option. Besides of supporting memberships various sorts of contributions do help us as well:
- every user sending us feedback about meta data errors (please try to check as thorough as possible beforehand, though)
- collectors making available missing CDs
- collectors making available high quality transfers of their records
- cooperations of digital record labels like TangoTunes, Tango Time Travel, Crackling Tunes making their digital catalog available to our archive
- comtemporary musicians and orchestras providing their recordings and releases
One of such cooperations started just recently with Danza y Movimiento. I am very happy and thankfull of finding this agreement with Matthias Möbius who is in charge of one of the oldest and largest digital tango labels there is. To my knowledge DyM was the last big digital tango label missing in the database and with starting this cooperation the TANGO-DJ.AT Database includes most of the existing digital tango releases available knowadays. A big thank you to Matthias for deciding to provide his digital catalog to our archive!
Another private project called Projekt Fresedo.de, run by Mark John, Camilo Gatica & Juan Manuel Araque also contributed its complete work recently. Projekt Fresedo.de mainly focuses on the work of Osvaldo Fresedo and provided their collection of Fresedo recordings as well as additional meta data and detailled information about the work of Osvaldo Fresedo. Thank you Mark John for initiating this cooperation.
I do hope that the TANGO-DJ.AT Database project continues to grow, draw attention from more and more people, implement more features and hopefully will also establish a financially stable existence in the future.
A big thank you again to all existing supporting members, you "rock our tango"!