As hinted a few weeks ago, the last 5 months have got me busy on two personal projects. One of them is shopping-related and I will talk about it quite soon ; the other one as you have guessed is about music.
When you become fan of an artist, you want everything: the official albums are soon not enough, and you start looking for rarities, alternate takes, live versions… When it comes to Paul McCartney and a career that spans over fifty years of recording music, this can become the work of a life.
Some fans have tried to list all the recordings done by McCartney on personal web sites; and some fan communities have been really active to surface hidden gems. But I have felt that all this collective knowledge doesn’t take benefits of the latest in technology: the information is scattered in various places, and is therefore difficult to discover or browse.
The goal of The Paul McCartney Project is to build the most comprehensive database of music written or recorded by Paul McCartney and bring this database on the web in a way that makes all this information easy to access. I would like this project to be a collective one, building a community where each member would enhance the database with his/her specific knowledge or feelings about each album / track.
This is of course highly ambitious, and for now the version 1 of this project is very light. The database is currently filled with most of the official solo albums of McCartney and a few unofficial recordings. My ambition in the coming weeks and months is to improve the structure of the site before filling up more information.
Technically speaking, the site relies on WordPress and the new CMS capacities introduced in version 3 (“custom post types”), and also on BuddyPress, to add a social network layer. Facebook Connect and Facebook Like have been implemented. A Facebook page acts as a relay to publish news about McCartney’s music or about the project; so does the Twitter account.
I would love to hear your feedback about this new site, even if you are not a fan of McCartney as I am :) Below a few screenshots.
List of albums: