Topic: How to apply new release/track artist CSG's and artist credits?
The new guidelines indicate that we should be including both the composer and the major performers in the release artist field, and I assume in the release group artist field as well. As a consequence, release group and release titles should no longer include performer information.
In this case, is there any way where we can prominently specify each artist's specific role in the release, e.g. listing the conductor as the conductor specifically? Or is it necessary to actually create advanced relationships on a per-track basis (or per-recording basis)?
Regardless, I've run into a usability problem: I tried to edit this release (http://musicbrainz.org/release/b013a2ff … 33a5006f00) to conform to the new guidelines, but I ended up running into a brick wall, because changing the release artist field changed the track artist fields as well. I found that I had to go into each track individually to remove every artist except the composer, and since copy/pasting wouldn't work for this purpose, the whole process was just too time-consuming to consider it worthwhile. Since the artist for individual tracks should be listed as the composer only, is there any easy way to make this alteration across a large number of tracks, while leaving all artists intact for the recording as specified by the guidelines?
Ultimately, I left the above release unchanged. I did however edit the release group (http://musicbrainz.org/release-group/4d … 9461cccf5a) to conform to the new guidelines the best I could, and my edit notes here (http://musicbrainz.org/edit/19009361) raise another issue:
How exactly should we be dealing with "artist credits" on classical releases? There are two separate problems at work here:
First, there are at least two different releases corresponding to the same release group I tried (see http://musicbrainz.org/release/b013a2ff … 33a5006f00 and http://www.amazon.com/Shostakovich-Comp … 0F3T7RO/), and it is probably only by coincidence that they both stylized Shostakovich's name as "last name only." Should the artist credit really be simply "Shostakovich" in this case, when different releases in the same release group could plausibly write the composer's name differently on the packaging?
Second, artist credits combine with the difficulty I had above with release artists being copied over to track artists. The box for the release I'm interested in (a US or worldwide version of the above release) lists the composer as "Shostakovich" (last name only), while the CD booklets containing the track list name him as "Dmitri Shostakovich" with no middle name. Which should be used for track artists if any, and how exactly are "artist credits" used from a tagging standpoint? Should any "artist credits" be used at all for classical composers, or should I let that field default to the actual artist name? Even for the names of orchestras, I imagine people are more likely to prefer regional aliases if possible rather than the ad hoc names listed on the packaging.
After all, I can hardly imagine classical music fans wanting to tag their music in accordance with the whims of the box art designers or CD booklet typists. (Heck, I somehow doubt people will want to do this even for popular artists like Jay-Z who might play with the formatting of their names on each release.) Most likely, they'll want to tag all of their music from the same composer using the composer's actual name (in this case "Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович") or primary regional alias (in this case "Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich"). Having such mismatched tags would kind of defeat the purpose of meticulous musical tagging in the first place.
It seems that this dilemma is exactly what Picard's "Use standardized artist names" option is for, but when it comes to classical releases, my questions still stand as to when I should be applying "artist credits" to releases and tracks, especially when the naming of the artist differs on the outer package and inner booklets (where the tracks are often listed for larger releases). So, in short...exactly how should I be handling all this?
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Classi … ease/Title
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Classi … ase/Artist
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Classi … ing/Artist