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The Gramophone Archive

Having only just discovered the archive section of your website, I have to express my admiration and indeed astonishment at the ability to access every single page of every single issue of the magazine!  It is an amazing achievement for which you deserve every credit. 

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Thank you for your kind words - and I do hope you continue to enjoy exploring it!

Martin

Editor and Publisher, Gramophone

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I agree that this is a fantastic resource and have been using it regularly since day one to remind myself of all the views I've long forgotten since reading the original printed word.

One little niggle though that may be relatively easy to fix: throughout the text, wherever an apostrophe exists a string of gobbledeegook appears. This looks like "''". Obviously its some sort of apostrophe instruction associated with the optical scanning of the original text, but it appears several times in most paragraphs and makes reading a bit difficult.

I would have thought it fairly easy to do a global "replace" of the entire file to take out the '' and pop in a high comma.

Any chance?

I''d love it if you''d see what''s possible.

See what I mean?

 

 

Macsporran
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Well, "every single page of every single issue" is a bit of a stretch, isn't it?  While I enjoy the Archive and visit it often, there are pages, even entire issues, that are unavailable.  Try finding an Awards issue sometime.

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well, i for one cannot fathom how your archive system works.

i try to select the august 2010 and get referred back to the start.

the september issue doesn't seem to exist.  and this is december.

i registered last week, posted two replies on the forums, and had to

register again today.  so, one last time.

what are the answers to the august september and october cd covermount quiz?

i put up with waiting months for the answers to appear in the magazines for prior month quizzes, now this.  gosh, is it too much to ask that if you are going to get rid of the cd, and the quiz, that you post the answers somewhere readily found, and not let me have to read thru all those postings

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about how many times a thread will be answered?

too difficult a problem?  then maybe i should drop this and buy from your competition from now on.

robert arch

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While I greatly appreciate the facility, I find the archive very difficult to use and often just give up.

The reason is the search engine is deficient.

If you search for the review of a particular recording for instance by entering  composer, work and conductor then instead of receiving an answer conforming to your search you often receive pages of links to reviews covering every entry for that composer, that work and that conductor separately. If you are lucky and patient, one of them may be what you were looking for.

Is there a way to make the search criteria cumulative, such as a Boolean .and.?

S Crowther

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Martin Cullingford wrote:

...  at the time of launch [of the Archive] Gramofile was online, so that was the obvious port of call for looking up reviews, and hopefully this year will see a reviews database of that nature return to this site. 

That's excellent news.  

"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"

- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.

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Yes, that is unfortunate, but the way we 'read' the pages means they have to start at page 1 with every issue.

Martin

 

Editor and Publisher, Gramophone

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Yes, Martin, that's a pity becomes the volumes used to have a very comprehensive index produced and I had wondered about getting them on the archive but without a cross page numbering reference it wouldn't be much use.

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A great number of the search results do not actually link to the original article: "sorry Page not found" is a typical result.  When one tries to locate the article concerned by "Browsing by Issue" one invariably finds that the article has not been indexed. The August 2003 issue is a case in point where a whole issue does not appear to have been indexed, and none of the reviews or articles for that issue can be found.  Moreover, the Awards issues appear to have been overlooked completely. This appears not to be an isolated instance either; there are several other issues over the decades which have not been indexed. 

Another recurring problem is the failure of OCR to recognise apostrophes (appears as "&apos") and other punctuation marks, which makes for difficulty in reading the archive.  A further characteristic of the software is its failure to identify foreign language accents, which makes searching for composers such as Dvorak and Bartok a hit and miss affair (usually miss). 

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I have been working my way through the archive almost since its inception.

There are a number of problems: the page appears but is impossible to access on some issues and I wish I had kept a record of the worst offenders.

There is one very old issue where nearly all the review pages cannot be accessed.

                                               some reviews run, inexplicably, into each other. A review of an opera, for example, will suddenly change to one on a completely different work in, I assume, the same magazine. Likewise, a review will follow on, without indication,  from the previous.

                                               lastly, the headings of individual reviews are cut off so that one, sometimes,  has no idea of what is being reviewed.

None of this deters me from finding the archive not only a wonderful resource (it helps, by the way, if you have old Gramophone catalogues) but of great entertainment value. The controversy over the introduction of the LP is all there. Did you know some regretted the demise of the 78 because they liked to turn/change the disc every five minutes? I kid you not!

 

                                             

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