Topic: Composer != Performer (Artist)
I want to start a new discussion about the practice of using the composer as artist with classical and many ost releases.
If we leave out tagging for a moment, I see no reason in flexing the term artist to this extent. Let's pretend tagging was a non-issue, we could easily credit performers and composers correctly without even thinking about it. This would reduce the number of exception rules dramatically. I was inspired by this thread, specifically this work listing. We should not let the main concepts in this db be ruled by what I think is only one usage of mb. Composer should be composer, artist should be performer.
Lets take tagging back in. Not all users agree with the common practice. This becomes especially evident with OST releases. If we could move to a system where the concept of artist is very strict, but the user can choose if he wants to have the artist replaced by the composer within Picard, this would make much more sense. I don't see at the moment how this could be implemented (except having a 'classical release' tag), but the should be topic of this discussion, too.
I am well aware that this is nothing that can be changed within months, this should only be a debate on the principles of mb.