Broadcast wiki page draft
Broadcast: An episodic release that was originally broadcast via radio, television, or the Internet, including podcasts.
This includes reissues or collections of recordings originally created for broadcast, for instance a complete series released on CD.
For individual shows (episodes).
Release group type
The release group type should be set to "Broadcast".
Release group secondary type
If the show is a recording of a live performance add “Live”. Studio recordings that were recorded over multiple takes and then edited together are not considered live, even if a 'studio audience' was present (for instance, to capture applause).
If the show is primarily an audio drama, with multiple people acting out a script, add "Audio Drama".
If the show is mainly people talking, and doesn't have the secondary types of audio drama or audiobook added, add "spokenword".
Follow this format: YYYY-MM-DD: Program Name [, Series 1234, ][#1234][, "Program Title"][: Location]
- YYYY-MM-DD is the date that particular program was first broadcast.
- Only include series and/or show numbers if each individual show has these.
- Series should be replaced with whatever term the program uses, for instance 'Season'.
- Only include Location if it is a live recording, or if the location of the recording changes often and is mentioned prominently in the show or on the program's website.
- Location follows this syntax: [Venue, ]City, [State, ]Country
- Untitled DJ Sets for radio, use the radio station name in place of the program name: YYYY-MM-DD: Radio Station Name…
- If the DJ/s represent a collective or a label, follow this format: YYYY-MM-DD: [Collective/Label Name,] Radio Station Name…
- 2012-07-07: The Writer’s Almanac (radio show)
- 2012-06-30: Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!: State Theatre, Cleveland, OH, USA (radio show, live)
- 2014-09-04: Ask Me Another #325, “What’s the Magic Word?”: The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, USA (radio show, numbered, program title, live)
- 1988-01-24: Fear on Four, Series 1, #4, “Music Lovers” (audio drama, series, numbered, program title)
- 2012-06-16: Car Talk #1224, “You Sap” (podcast, numbered, program title)
- 2019-11-11: Hessle Audio (DJ set, titled)
- 2021-12-31: NTS Radio (DJ set, untitled)
- 2021-07-15: Surf Gang, NTS Radio (DJ set, DJs represent 'Surf Gang', untitled)
If the program is primarily written by and performed by the hosts, list them (or their pseudonym) as the artist. Examples:
- Car Talk: Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers
If the program is primarily a performance of a written work, list the author and the narrators/performers. Examples:
- Escape Pod: [author] read by [narrator]
- Fear on Four: [author] starring [performer] & [performer]
Otherwise, artist credit should be given to the groups or people given at the beginning of the program. Examples:
- Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: NPR & WBEZ Chicago (WBEZ) — "From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" ..."
- All Things Considered: NPR News (NPR) — "From NPR News, this is All Things Considered ..."
If the only people listed at the beginning of the program are the hosts who are not primary writers, or if there are no people or groups listed at the beginning of the program, use your best judgement for the artist credit. Examples:
- Fresh Air: NPR & WHYY
- The Writer's Almanac: American Public Media with Garrison Keillor (while Garrison Keillor is the host, he is not the primary writer)
This will usually be digital media (podcasts, radio station website streams and downloads).
If you don't know how or if it was distributed, only that it was aired, leave the format blank (as well as the release date).
For programs distributed as a single file or track, use only one track, and title it the same as the release (see )
For programs separated into segments when distributed (for example, separate downloads for each segment, or a player which loads a new file for each segment), list each segment as a separate track. The track title should be the title of the segment from the distributor, if useful (see ). If no titles are given, add [: Part #] to the end each track title.
Use the group responsible for holding rights for and distributing the program you are adding. For example, recordings from "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" are distributed through NPR's website, so the label should be NPR. The same show can be distributed or re-distributed with different groups on different channels, in which case, add separate releases for these. Programs may change distributor over time.
Do not add a catalog number for digital media releases unless you are certain it's a catalog number and not an internal ID number.
- Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: NPR
- Car Talk: [no label] (see ) and/or Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe (see  and )
Use the date the program/recording was 'released' (not the date it was first aired/broadcast, which is included in the release title).
If you are unsure of the date, don't enter it.
Broadcast Collection Guidelines
For shows (episodes) collected together, for instance on CD or as a download.
Unless specified below, follow the Broadcast release guidelines above for these releases.
Release group types
Additional to the Broadcast release guidelines: If all shows are from the same run of a program, do not add "Compilation", unless it is a curated selection (for instance, 'best of...').
The release title should be the title as given by the source. The usual guidelines for release titles apply.
Additional to the Broadcast release guidelines: If each track/show varies in its release credit, only credit artists that the overall program is credited to, or that are consistently credited on each track. If there are none, use 'Various Artists'.
- Fear on Four: Edward de Souza (the host, the only artist consistent across shows)
Track titles should be the title of the segments given by the distributor.
If no track titles are given, follow the guidelines for Broadcast Release name for each track: YYYY-MM-DD: Program Name [, Series 1234, ][#1234][, "Program Title"][: Location]
Tracks (shows) should share a recording with the individual show releases, if available and the same.
If so, the recording titles follow the individual show release (rather than the title given by the distributor in a collection). For instance, the track in the collection may be called 'Program Title', while the recording is called 'YYYY-MM-DD: Program Name [, Series 1234, ][#1234][, "Program Title"][: Location]'.
Use the date the collection (e.g. the CD or download) was released.
If a collection has been released over time (for instance, the distributor adds episodes to a page as they are released), use the date of the final addition.
If you are unsure of the date, don't enter it.
Broadcast releases of the same program can be collected in a series.
Use the 'Release Group' series type, unless the series is additionally collecting an attribute that may be release-specific (for instance, shows/releases put out by a specific distributer).
The same series can include both individual show releases and grouped releases.
Video Game Soundtrack wiki page draft
(subset of the 'Soundtrack' page)
Video Game soundtracks
Video game soundtracks (video game music, or VGM) is music that is part of video games. Unless specified below, follow the Soundtrack guidelines.
There are two distinct categories of VGM:
- 'Traditional' releases on music platforms and music media formats, or copied directly from a game disc or game download. These are usually official releases.
- 'Rips' - Releases of game audio extracted from in-game files, or recorded from gameplay. Usually requiring third-party tools, and decisions on behalf of a 'ripper'. These are bootleg releases.
Unaltered traditional VGM releases should be entered following MusicBrainz' standard release guidelines. If the release is directly from a game disc or download, then the details (release date, packaging, cover art, barcode, etc) should match that video game release.
Rips should be entered as bootlegs. They should only contain information related to the 'release' of the rip itself. For instance, if the original public source of the rip did not include artwork, no artwork should be added. Do not fill in unknown data - a rip release date will rarely be the same as the game release date.
- Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition Soundtrack - soundtrack disc packaged with the game, official
- Deus Ex - soundtrack ripped from game files, bootleg
Releases representative of the same game, that contain the same core recordings, should be grouped into the same release group.
(The bracketed text below will be removed or left when a community consensus is reached re. whether to group game-rips and official recordings into the same release group.. )
This [does not] includes grouping game-rips and official soundtracks, [even] where the source recordings are the same. [It does include grouping game-rips of the same game, including rips from different formats.]
Curated selections (consider artist/label intent), samplers, or releases that come in different volumes, should be in a separate release group.
- Silent Hill 2 - official and bootleg releases, different tracklists, but all using the same source recordings
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf - bootlegs with different tracklists, but pulled from the same game/recordings
- Cuphead Original Soundtrack & Selected Tunes from ... Cuphead - same recordings, but one is a curated selection
Unique game-rips should follow this format for the disambiguation: [ripper name] [console] game-rip
Unique game-rip recordings should follow this format for the disambiguation: [ripper name] [console] game-rip
For official releases or game-rips, use the titles the tracks came with/were given by the original distributor.
When there are no obvious or 'official' track titles (for instance, the tracks are ripped from files that are not descriptively titled) use the most widely accepted/widespread titles. If there are no existing titles, exercise your judgement. In this case you may choose to use the original file names, corresponding game level/scene titles, or other fan-created titles. Unlike most track titles on MusicBrainz, these may be updated as new information comes to light.
RG reference links: