Robobuild was one of George Michael’s companies and manages the extensive catalogue he left behind and which is kept in multiple locations all over the world.
Robobuild needed a way of collating their extensive records, that also allowed for quick and easy identification and retrieval.
As with all artists when they are starting out, forward planning for an extensive international career was not something put in place when Wham! first began, and George Michael’s archive, or back-catalogue, was kept in multiple locations all over the world. This made it hard to know what was where and accurate retrieval was slow, cumbersome and unreliable.
A simple interface from which users can quickly and easily find every record in the database.
CmdShiftR gathered all the physical recordings from their many different locations, and then photographed and/or scanned them, added barcodes, digitised the recordings, and re-stored the originals in a centralised location.
Each record was allocated a high-resolution image, an MP3 version of the recording, and a link to a secure downloadable location. There is also a simple printing system so recordings can be logged quickly with links to either a central online database, or an office-based NAS system.
Robobuild can now locate a recording within seconds and retrieve it within a few hours, compared to the days or even weeks this would take before.
Accuracy and efficiency have been vastly improved and Robobuild now have an easy to access inventory at their disposal. Staff can access the entire collection almost instantly and the MP3 encoder means the recordings have their own audio “thumbnail” – this can be sent to the requestor to check to see if it is the correct version. This saves them a significant amount of time and creates a better user experience.
CmdShiftR continue to work with Robobuild, refining the system as needed and adding in recordings from other sources as they become available.