Largest classical music site on the net. First purely music site to become profitable. Divided evenly between N. America and international users. Successfully negotiated licenses with major labels and aggregators. Highly successful “Ambassador” program to attract non-label contents from Russia.
Established engineering center in Voronezh, Russia. Designed and developed Contextual Metadata Engine to permit the highly efficient ingestion of contents from all sources. Attracted volunteer academics to develop editorial contents and newsletters.
In 1994, while still living in Hong Kong, and during the internet's infancy, I started a website for classical music files which grew to be (and still is) the largest classical music site in the world.
Perhaps remarkably, ClassicalArchives is the first cash-flow positive purely music site in the history of the world.
This was achieved by being both frugal and using clever technology to save the inordinate amount of man hours needed to ingest music and its metadata from the labels. (See the "AI to classical music rescue" pdf file below.) We did this by building a canonical database of the works of all composers and then using advanced comparison algorithms to clean and import that data practically automatically.
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