The Belgian Pop Archives are trying to become a reference point for all surfers
looking for information about Belgian musical artists and groups.
The emphasis for the moment still somewhat on music of the eighties, but more
recent and older material is being added all the time.
For most groups/artists, the layout contains the following elements :
1. Navigational Bar. You find direct links to the different ways
of navigating the site.
2. The Biography
3. The list of members (if the page is for a band)
4. The discography. If not available, this is sometimes replaced with a list
of singles that became hits
5. Weblinks for the selected artist
6. Properties of the audio-extract just below.
This includes :
- The title of the song
- The length of the extract, and the size of the download
- The songwriters and the producer
- The year of release
- The Record Company.
7. Sleeve for the song, of which you can hear the audio extract by clicking
8. Alternative text-only links to other parts of the site.
The audio (short extracts of the group's best songs), are reachable under the
record sleeves in the right column of each page, or indicated with a small -icon..
The audio-format is real-audio. Since I don't dispose of a streaming
server, the audio-extracts have the file-extension .ram, which will ensure
they will play uninterrupted. Another advantage of this approach is that you can
replay the song a few times, without having to burden my server anymore.
To listen to the audio, you will of course need an audio-card and some sort
of speakers attached to your computer. Supposing you have these, everything else
you need to have is the RealAudio-plugin. You can download this for free
(only the "Plus"-player has to be payed for) directly from the realaudio-website.
All versions above Realplayer 3.0 can handle the format.
Real-audio doesn't exactly make it easy to make a link to the free
version of the realplayer (they try sneaking you into downloading the RealPlayer
Plus, which is a paid version) : most of the time the path = real.com
-> download real-player -> RealPlayer X is our free player.
The most simple way is to mail the thing you want to add to Dirk.Houbrechts@pandora.be.
If you're in (or close to) a band, you can find more info on how you can be part
of the archive on this page.
Alternatively, you can toss up something in the forum.
Watch it : This site pays royalties, and was built and maintained in
accordance with the terms and conditions negotiated with SABAM,
the Belgian society of copyright-holders. Consultation of this site is free, but
this exludes downloading, reproducing or public performance of any part of this
site. Please do not copy. Link!