Use the simple searchbox to find people, pieces, places, and concepts in the musicDNA index. If you're signed in, you can also use the boxes under "who", "what", and "where" in the advanced searchbar to find matching people, pieces, and places. Type in two or more letters and then click the magnifying-glass or press enter - musicDNA will tell you if we have something like that in the index. If we do, click on the name to go to their page or "filter timeline" to see related events. If we don't, feel free to add new people, pieces, and places (see below for more details).
Using the timeline
You'll know whether you're in the timeline mode because the words "who", "what", and "where" in the advanced searchbar will be replaced by names (in grey) if there are any active timeline filters, and the question mark will be green rather than blue. Below a list of events involving that person and/or piece of music and/or place will be displayed. Click on "when?" to see which filters are currently active. You can easily get rid of these filters or add other ones. When you use the "who", "what", and "where" boxes to search, you will see "filter timeline" next to any existing entries in the index - click it to add a filter to the timeline.
Search modes - simple and advanced
If you can see the big searchbox at the top right-hand corner of the screen, you're in "simple" mode and can search for people, pieces, places, and concepts - don't click enter, wait for the results to come back in the dropdown. To switch to advanced mode and open up the advanced navbar, click on the toggle icon below the simple search box. If you can see "who did what where when" across the page, you're in advanced mode, and can use the boxes to search for people (who), events (did), works (what), and places (where)..
Finding an event
If you're signed in, you can use the box under "did" to search for events in the musicDNA index - these may be formal events like concerts or historical events (e.g. "Composition by Ludwig van Beethoven of Symphony No.5 between 1804-1808). Any of the text in this sentence can be searched for, including the dates.
Adding a person to the index (from the person page)
You need to be signed in to edit the index. From an existing person or organization's page, click on "Add a new person" and follow the instructions.
Adding an external link
You need to be signed in to edit the index. You can add a link (URL) either directly to content on the web - e.g. an MP3 of a recording, or a PDF of the score - or simply to a webpage about the recording or the composition (the webpage may also have content embedded in it). You can add links either on a work page or on an event (e.g. a performance or a release) page.
Adding a person to the index (from any page)
You need to be signed in to edit the index. Start by typing part of the name into the "who" box in the advanced searchbar. If there's no one with a name like that in the index, click on New. In the new form follow the straightforward instructions: check the spelling, choose a general type (e.g. "Individual") plus, if you like, a more specialized type from the tree menu (e.g. "Composer"), and finally click on "create & add details". This will make the person in the index and take you to their new page where you can start adding more biographical details and linking them to their music.
Adding a work (song, symphony, album, programme, playlist)
You need to be signed in to edit the index. The best way to add a work is from its author's page - so make sure the composer or songwriter are already in the index. Then type part of the name of the work into the "what" box in the advanced searchbar. If there's nothing with a name like that in the index, click on New. In the new form follow the straightforward instructions: check the spelling, choose "work" as a general type plus, if you like, a more specialized type (e.g. "Symphony") from the tree menu; then, if you know it, add the date (DD/MM/YYYY or YYYY) of composition (this can be easily amended later) and the catalogue or Opus number, if any. Finally, click on "create as new work by So-and-so". This will add the work to the index and you'll see a link to it on the composer's page below.
True, but fuzzy. Any information you enter should be true (to the best of your knowledge); however, it doesn't need to be complete or completely specific - that's why, in the case of dates, you have the option of entering an "earliest start date" as well as a "latest start date", "earliest end date", and "latest end date".
Adding a person, work, or place to an event
You need to be signed in to edit the index. On the event page use the advanced searchbar to find or add new people, works, and places: if they're already in the index, click on "add them to the event on this page"; if you're adding them to the index, click on "create & add to the event on this page". You can also add the current filter topics (i.e. whatever's showing instead of or when you hover over who/what/where) by clicking on "add xxxx to this event".
How to link events
E.g. you're on a performance page and you want to find and add the edition that was used for the performance as a "cause". Go to the event page. To find the event that you want to link as a cause or a result of the event on the page either a) use the timeline filters or b) hover over "details" next to the specific work on the event page and click the magnifying glass - this will give you a filtered timeline. Once you have one or more events in the timeline under the "who did what where when" navbar, hover over the event you're looking for and click either the green arrow (if the event in the timeline caused the event on the page) or the blue arrow (if the event in the timeline resulted from the event on the page). If there's no event in the index create one by clicking "New" and adding the details: it'll appear in the timeline and you can then link it (as above) to the event on the page.
Multiple names are fine. People, places, and pieces of music can all have many names - different spellings and languages, nicknames, titles etc. When searching the musicDNA index all the different versions of the name will come up. When creating the person/organization, work, or place, enter the default name first - this name will be used in most cases. To add an additional name, hover over the name on its main page and click on "add" to enter an alternative name. A name can easily be amended after it has been entered into the index.
If you want to edit or add information, click on the musicDNA logo in the bottom right-hand corner of the klangr page - this will take you to the same page in the musicDNA index. You'll need to be signed in to edit.
What is musicDNA?
A map of "who did what where when" - the connections between music, musicians, & music-making.
Why am I interested in my musical DNA?
Because it means I can trace my musical influences via the music I've played or listened to, the musicians I've worked with or heard, and share those influences with other people.