Andreas Wilcox
  • 02 Aug 2017 » Camp Explorer
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    I’m a big fan of the music service Bandcamp. There is a lot raw talent there, creating all kinds of fascinating and awesome music. But digging through the cruft to find those diamonds is tricky, especially considering the wide assortment of styles and genres. And I’ve found that just using the simple search function casts too wide of a net. Even the Bandcamp Discover feature, although better, does not offer me the granularity I wish for.

    It’s possible you might have read and remember a post from almost 2 years ago where I mentioned this problem and had created a simple solution over the weekend called Bandcamp Tag Search. It allowed the user to search for albums using any number of tags (genres, styles, locations, etc).

    It worked even though it was kinda slow but the largest problem was the limited number of results one would get. A lot of tag combinations would return few if any results. The problem required a much larger and more complicated solution written from scratch, but would in the end return about 10 times the number of results almost instantanously. It also allowed me to put it up as a website so you could use it without having Chrome.

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    And now it’s done! Finished and ready for testing. I’ve been using and testing it personally for a little while now but I feel it’s ready to handle more users.

    So try it out, type in and add a few tags of genres you like (my example: ambient, electronic and instrumental) and see if you find something interesting. Maybe you’ll find some new amazing music you’ve never heard the likes of before!

    I’m going to go continue talking about Camp Explorer in the next two posts, going into more technical detail. Big thanks to David Frejd at Davidlineart for creating the logo.

    Oh, and if you have any questions or feedback, hit me up at @svdvorak or hellocampexplorer at gmail.com!

    Once again, try it out at campexplorer.io