Beyond Category is a relational data base application used to catalog a music album collection. The term album is used in the traditional sense of a collection of recorded songs by an artist or group of artists under a single title. That is, a cd, lp, cassette or book of 78s. Beyond Category will store information about the album, songs and composers on the album, and names of other performers on the album. Beyond Category is named with a nod towards Duke Ellington, who truly is beyond category.
This program allows entry of album information including title, catalog number, label, genre, media type (cd, lp, etc.), value, location and grade info. Tracks for each album are stored with song title and composer(s), personnel, recording date, track/side, and timing.
Songs, personnel, and writers are all entered separately into the database and then linked into the album. This means that, for instance, a song title will be entered once and then selected as many times as needed for any album it is on. So if you have ten albums containing the song "Star Dust" and later on you realize that the tune is correctly spelled "Stardust" - you only need to update the spelling in one place and that will propogate the correction to all the albums where the song is inclcuded.
I recommend that the Beyond Category Starter Database be downloaded along with the Beyond Category software. New users might consider to skip downloading the Starter Database and create their own data from scratch, but why bother entering commonly used names, song titles and instrument abbreviations that are already provided. Using the Starter Database, work on entering albums in the collection can proceed immediately.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or problems you might have. I enjoy supporting my program and I'm very interested in receiving any feedback.
Version 6 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. We now support personnel listing by track instead of only collective personnel for the album. Also, storage of images is supported for those that want to see album covers or cd booklets. Please let me know what you think of these features or any other feature of Beyond Category.