DATAREALISM: What does the data really show?

Eleven Years of Database - Driven Applications:

What is "DATAREALSIM" ??

I launched datarealism over eleven years ago to showcase my database-driven applications (both online and desktop). The overall theme was simple: This was a site to illustrate how database programming could be used to "realize" some solutions for creative thinking and writing. In the intervening years, we have seen the large-scale adoption of Internet platforms for social networking, shopping, news, forums, e-publishing, music distribution, crowd-funding plus countless others, many of which of are said to be evidence of a potientially revolutionary change: a societal transition to a new economic paradigm known as "The Sharing Economy". Nowadays you hear the refrain "there is an app for that" - and indeed there seems to be an app for everything: including when to take a drink of water and how to brush your teeth. Has information technology permeated too much of our lives? Has it broadened or narrowed the scope of discourse? For example, is the election of Donald Trump a direct result of Social Networking and the "140 character thinking" that has been promulgated by "Twitter"? All appearances suggest that "computation" is a small part of the social revolution taking place in our new hyper-connected, always-online social media environment. Today's revolution is all about COMMUNICATION - about how the traditional model of one-to-many ("mass media" or "broadcast") transmission of information, entertainment and infotainment is being made redundant by a more chaotic (but more inclusive) system fed by an unlimited number "content creators" who need only possess a smartphone or tablet as the prerequisite for participation... All of this activity has led me to reevaluate my own efforts in the arena of database-driven networking applications and more specifically has prompted me to have a closer look at the functions and capabilities of the applications I have previously released as shareware products or online services...

- datarealism.com founder C.P.Bryan, June 2017
More about C.P.Bryan: Profile as Developer | Profile as Composer.

June 2017 Update:

FREE SOUNDTRACK MUSIC Royalty Free Music Database System:

image for FSM royalty free music site
Freesoundtrackmusic.com has been the most commercially successful of all the online database-driven applications I have deployed over the last eleven years. In 2008, the first edition of the FREE SOUNDTRACK MUSIC system was made available online. The initial version of the system was very basic, with only the capacity to store royalty free music in an online database and allow anonymous video producers to search for and download tracks (without any payment necessary). Gradually, user accounts and payment processing were added so that premium music would require purchase. In January 2017, the system was expanded to feature realtime mirroring of user accounts, activity and music content. In addition a host of advanced features like MASTER / MIRROR swapover and automated error detection and restart now allows for high availabilty even when technical problems occur or upgrades are being installed. From the user's perspective, music search by custom keywords or color association plus individually customizable lists of compositions have greatly expanded the functionality. After nearly 6 full months of live operation of the newest implementation of this system, any remaining bugs have been stamped out. If you are a music producer or small independant music publishing business, perhaps this online music system could work for you. This service is not intended only for artsits who create "royalty free" music: it could work equally well for composers who produce music not intended for the soundtrack (or video background) music market. For a more detailed demonstration of all of the components in the Free Soundtrack Music Service, check out the FREE SOUNDTRACK MUSIC System Overview Diagram.

You can demo the freesoundtrackmusic system, by going to the Free Soundtrack Music System Home Page


2004 - The Wizzypage Web Design Layout Tool

The Wizzypage application was an experiment in drag-and-drop editing of web pages with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) design interface. (In fact the name "Wizzypage" is based on that acronym with the letters morphed slightly from WYSI to Wizzy - and in retrospect, perhaps the name should have just been "Wysipage" to ensure that potential users were not inclined to imagine someone "taking a wiz". The original system had two components: a Windows based client application and a Java based server application. Both of the components made extensive use of databases. On the client side, an embedded database stored all of the text content and style sheet formatting for every page while the server side delivered the web pages which had been "saved" (uploaded). This application/service was released as a "Beta" prototype for a few years and for some reason became modestly popular in Brazil. Without any real strategy for monetizing this free service, the project was gradually phased out. A description of the desktop-only implementation is still available HERE.

1997 - 2012, The Cut'n'Mix Word Machine:


In addition to creating on-the-fly RAM based word arrays in response to a request from users to do a word randomization operation, Cut'n'Mix contains a unique proprietary dictionary database which assigns words to grammatical categories like: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc. This allows the application to randomly reassemble text according to a format defined in one of several different "text effects". The last production level of this Windows application was 5.4, which reflects the number of updates and additional functions which have been added over the years, including such things as automatic poetry.



Find out more about the Cut'n'Mix Postmodern Word Processor for Creative Writing.


Version 1.2 of The ROBOCOLLAGE Automatic Collage Builder

Automatic Collage Example
ROBOCOLLAGE stores images and text in an embedded database to be selected randomly for automatic construction of a web page MASHUP. And when I say "mashup" I mean really mashed up: The image files are just strewn and layered randomly across the page... In addition to randomly drawing from this pool of prefab web page elements, the program also optionally allows for mixing up digital photos or artwork from a user-designated folder. The version 1.2 release is now free for personal use, with a small licensing fee required for users who want to publish or upload the collage artwork that is generated by the application. To view examples of artwork created with the ROBOCOLLAGE, Go to the Automatic Collage Gallery HERE. To download the application installer or find out more details about the application, go to the ROBOCOLLAGE Information Page HERE.

The Public Representative Constituency (Party Wreckers) System

Inspired by the current insane and troubling condition of Western Democracy, database designer C.P.Bryan is reviving a system design project which has been on the "back burner" since 2014. This experiment into the realm of direct (or "participatory") democracy asks the question: Is there a way to make politicians more accountable to their constituents? The initial project outline was the conclusion of a two year review of political theory and careful reading of publications dealing with the growing frustration and disillusionment that citizens have with the modern status quo in politics. Why has "social media" failed in providing a more effective approach to citizen involvement in the political process? This design project is based on the the following fundamental assumption:

The primary reason voting citizens feel that their government does not represent their interests is that elected politicians must take direct orders from the political parties they belong to. In other words, the parties come before the people. A new social networking system used by representatives and their constituents could undermine the creepy mind control that parties exercise over their members...

Find out more about the P.R.C. Party Wreckers System.


For more information, contact: colin@datarealism.com


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Spin-offs, Etc.

Little Mp3 Shop
Little MP3 Shop is a spin-off of the Free Soundtrack Music library system. It is a Mp3 Librarian and online storefront application which has been configured as a Windows service for use on Win 2003 or 2008 server editions. This initial freeware edition provides all the necessary components to run a Do-It-Yourself online music shop. For detailed information about the features and configuration options, plus the download link for the installer, go to the LittleMP3Shop home page.

More examples of ROBOCOLLAGE Artwork:


Automatic Collage 1
See large version of "Despoilation Decontaminators"

Automatic Collage 2
See large version of "Things Invisible"

July 2017 Updates:
The freesoundtrackmusic Royalty Free Music System has just been upgraded for support of html5 audio controls. Previously, previewing of the soundtrack recordings required that the user had installed the Flash plugin.

New music additions: from Germany, soundtrack composer Joerg Schnitzler has joined the list of recording artists posting original background music to freesoundtrackmusic.com. Joerg composes in a classic cinematic orchestral style, with dramatic and evocative pieces which include: "At Night I Still Recall The Battle", "Army Of The Reptile Gods" and "Montana Trek".
To preview the full list of available soundtrack compositions, got to
Joerg Schnitzler's Production Music Page.