DJs: you're going to be very happy with this. Someone has created a website that makes it possible to identify the BPM of records on Discogs.
Disconest, which is linked to music database The Echonest, is the brainchild of Karl Tryggvason and also lets you find out the time signature and key of a track. All you've got to do is enter the name of the release in the search bar or copy and paste a URL from Discogs.
However, it might not be so helpful for the 'underground' spinners out there as it doesn't have the metadata for every release under the sun.
On why he developed Disco Nest, Tryggvason said: "Disconest was borne out of an itch I had when comparing vinyl DJing to its digital counterpart. Of course proper DJs should know their records but it can still be good to see at a glance whether this tune is 120 or 125 bpm or if it was in C or D major.
"Ever so often you buy second-hand records where DJs solve this problem in an ingenious fashion but tapping out the bpm and writing labels doesn't really scale for hundreds or thousands of records."
Have a go on it here.
[Via: The Vinyl Factory]
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