User:Hawke/Workflow

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Recordings

Recording/work association

Goal

Make sure that each recording has an associated work.

You will need

  • bitmap’s “performance of” userscript.

Process

  • Go to your chosen artist’s recordings page.
  • Using the script, filter out recordings which already have associated works, and all recordings with pending edits.
  • For each recording listed:
  • open the recording in a new tab.
  • choose 'edit'
  • choose 'add relationship' and select 'work'.
  • Find and choose the correct work.
  • Enter an edit comment if desired.

To speed up this process a bit:instead of choosing 'edit' from the recording page, go to the release page and choose 'edit relationships'. Then use the 'add related work' method to find the works: this way the editor will autofill the recording name for you, and you can easily add relationships to the related work. This method also allows you to partially combine it with Set performer information (classical), below.

Picking a work

For pop music this is usually pretty easy.

For classical music, it can be helpful to reference one or more of the artist’s catalogs. For example, Mozart has the Köchel number (K. # or KV #) and Richard Strauss has 'TrV' numbers. Most classical artists have opus numbers ('op.'). Many artists will have work listings on Wikipedia or IMSLP.

Musicbrainz has the 'Series' entity, which should at some point serve as a reference for the above, but at the time of writing, it is not complete enough to be useful for this.

Some recordings should not have corresponding works. For example 'data track' and 'silence', as well as certain spokenword recordings.

If the work you need does not yet exist, you should obviously create one. This is a good time to connect the work to the appropriate composer and catalog series entity as well.

Long run of missing works

Sometimes you might run into a long series of recordings which have no works linked to them. For example, an entire opera may not be in Musicbrainz, or may be missing the requisite parts. In this case, it is best to open the associated release. Choose 'edit relationships', check all the recordings, and 'batch-create new works'. Then add the composer/librettist for all works, and make them all 'part of' a main new work (follow opera style if appropriate).

Merge matching AcoustIDs

Goal

Make sure that different instances of the same recording are merged.

You will need

  • Extra AcoustID integration userscript.
  • bitmap’s “performance of” userscript.

Process

  • Go to your chosen artist’s recordings page.
  • Many recordings should have AcoustIDs associated with them.
  • For each recording, open the acoustID-icon link in a new tab.
  • Open each acoustID link in a new tab.
  • Unlink any wrongly-linked recordings.
  • Reload your chosen recording.
  • If it has only one remaining AcoustID, open that AcoustID link in a new tab.
  • Open each still-linked recording in a new tab, and close the acoustID tab.
  • On each of those recording tabs, switch to the fingerprints view.
  • Cycle through the tabs; if any of them have multiple AcoustIDs, repeat the process of eliminating wrongly-linked recordings from those AcoustIDs. Then reload the tab and see if it still has multiple AcoustIDs. If it does, close the tab.
  • You should end up with a set of tabs, each open to the fingerprint view of recordings which have the same AcoustID on each.
  • Start to merge all of those recordings. If you find any questionable merges (unlikely artist, title, duration, ISRC), eliminate those from the merge.
  • Enter an edit note explaining that all recordings have the same AcoustID, and that it is the only AcoustID on those recordings.
  • Repeat for all recordings which have an AcoustID.

Set performer information (classical)

Goal

Update recordings to current Classical Style.

You will need

  • bitmap’s “performance of” userscript.

Process

  • Go to the composer’s recordings page. Filter out any recordings with pending edits.
  • open each recording in a new tab. Pick a release where that recording appears and open it.
  • Try to identify the performers, dates, etc. You may need to find cover art to find these. Useful sites: Discogs, Naxos Music Library, Rateyourmusic, Amazon, eBay, any label-specific sites such as Deutsche Grammophon or Naxos.com.
  • Use the relationship editor to add the performer roles, locations, and dates.
  • Once you have the relationships added as best you can, you need to change the recording artist to the performer.
  • For a release by a single set of performers, or a small number:
  • Edit the release.
  • On the tracklist tab, set the artist to the performer(s).
  • On the recordings tab, choose 'update recordings with all changes'.
  • For the edit note, note that you are updating for current classical style. Auto-editors: Make sure to clear the 'enable auto-editor privileges' checkbox.
  • Important: Go to 'open edits' for the release, and cancel any pending medium edits. This makes sure that the track artists remain as the composer, as consistent with Classical Style.
  • For a release with a variety of performers:
  • Edit each recording. Set the release artist to be all performers (make sure to separate them all with a comma, not an ampersand)
Recording artists

My preferred artist order is as follows: soloists, orchestras/choirs, conductors/chorus masters. In case of several orchestras, put each conductor after his/her respective orchestra. If there is both a choir and an orchestra, which one goes first depends on the work: the more prominent one should be first. Multiple soloists can go in any order.

If a recording is by an ensemble, it is sufficient to use the ensemble name, if it has one; there is no need to list every instrument part.

Normalize recording titles

Goal

Make sure that recordings follow a consistent style

Process

  • Go to the artist’s works page.
  • For each work:
  • Open the work in a new tab.
  • Make sure the recordings are consistent with the appropriate style. For example, Opus and number should always be lower-cased and abbreviated: op. and no. There should be a space before the number. Reference classical title style (for the appropriate language).