Advanced Relationship Type Proposal

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Proposals of Additions or Changes to Advanced Relationship Types

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Initially this page was designed to collect all additions and changes that need to be done to the initial set of AdvancedRelationshipTypes. Unfortunately this page has become an unmaintainable TooLongList in which things get LostInLists. Additionally, the StyleCouncil really needs a tracker to be able to keep an overview of all OpenStyleIssues and assign them priorities. Lastly, this page has a BadWikiName. The correct one being ProposedAdvancedRelationshipType (to fit in with ProposedStyleGuideline).

Therefore this page is slowly going to die. The new page is ProposedAdvancedRelationshipType. Anyone who has submitted an issue here and is interested in it being implemented should create a (preferably well named) wiki page for this issue and give it the CategoryProposedAdvancedRelationshipType. --DonRedman

And here follows the TooLongList:


  1. Inconsistent Link directions
  2. Allow Instrument Attribute for Members of a Band
  3. Additional instruments and chorus masters
  4. Also Known As
  5. Rename Legal Name to Birth Name
  6. Has the Barcode
  7. Add "is the birth name of" to relate legal names to each other

RelationshipEditors are able to change relationship types or add new ones. but for this to happen you will need consensus on first the UsersMailingList and then the StyleMailingList, and an AdvancedRelationshipType page that descripes the new relationship in all details.


Inconsistent Link directions

(by Dupuy) There's some general inconsistency in our link types about the directionality of 1-N relations:


  • 1-N X "is the legal name of" Y, Z, A, ...
  • 2-N X "is the parent of" Y, Z, A, ...


  • 1-N X "is the earliest release of" Y, Z, A, ...
  • but N-1 X (and Y?) "is a remaster of" A ("always point to earliest")


  • 1-N X "is the earliest release of" Y, Z, A, ...
  • 1-N X "is the earliest version of" Y, Z, A, ...
  • but N-1 X (and Y?) "is a remaster of" A ("always point to earliest")
  • N-1 X (and Y?) "is a cover of" A ("always point to earliest")

Whatever we decide to do with the is-person relationship, we need to make these consistent...

Allow Instrument Attribute for Members of a Band

Should MemberOfBandRelationshipType not have an instrument attribute? --DonRedman

This would introduce some additional complexity in interpreting artist roles: see ArtistRoleInheritance --MatthewExon

Another thought: the instrument attribute doesn't have "vocals", so this wouldn't work for recording singers. Maybe the InstrumentRelationshipAttribute hierarchy should include the VocalRelationshipAttribute hierarchy, and "Performed instrument on" be merged with "Performed vocal on"? There are other roles for members of a band as well: The Prodigy has two dancers as "official" members. IMO these could probably be adequately covered by "other" --MatthewExon

Additional instruments and chorus masters

I proposed a number of other changes on the MailingList, in addition to those, there have been suggestions on IRC for additional instruments (nose flute(?!?), possibly others), and another performance type, "chorus master" (like conductor, for a chorus, proposed by mo). @alex

More instruments: Turntables (as discussed). Also, I've been adding ARing an album and found a few types of electric pianos that I'd need, namely 'Clavinet' and 'Wurlitzer'. As of now there is only Piano -> {Grand piano, Upright piano, Rhodes}, which obviously makes it difficult to add other types of electic pianos than Rhodes. Easiest I figure is to just add 'Electric piano', and have 'Rhodes' (and possibly others as well, even though it doesn't seem that important to me) as sub-category to it. Also I've stumbled over something called CS80, Nord Lead, Leadsynth, and Hammond. Haven't yet investigated what those are, but chanses are they're yet other types of electric pianos or keyboard of some sorts. //[bnw]

Even more: 'tapes' 'noise' & 'effects' for industrial music.

Also Known As

The current Alias property should be repurposed now that AR is ready. Artist who have recorded under multiple names should have a relationship instead. The existing Alias property would still be usefully for misspelled names but there are some artists like Aphex Twin and Wynonna Judd who have recorded under different names and the release should be reflected correctly for those artists. The current "is the legal name/is the performing name" is insufficient since in some cases an artist might perform under two names and neither is their legal name (i.e. Wynonna and Wynonna Judd) --WolfSong

Rename Legal Name to Birth Name

I propose renaming this simply because more often than not, finding someone's birth name is more plausible than their legal name since names can be changed and although in the US such information becomes public record, this may not be the case everywhere. This was actually changed from official name to legal name due to discussions over Wendy/Walter Carlos. In this scenario Wendy is probably the legal name and Walter is the birth name. Both names should be listed seperately since this person has released recordings under each name. --WolfSong

Has the Barcode

In order to link our data to external databases, the ability to assign UPC codes to Albums would be a great help. UPC data is also hard to come by in the commercial market for releases outside the US, so user-entered data would be a great resource. See for an open UPC database we could perhaps link up with. --RodBegbie

Note: UPC is a type of barcode. See BarCodes for more information. --MatthewExon

Add "is the birth name of" to relate legal names to each other

Full proposal at LinkingDifferentArtistNames, also discussion at MusicalAssociationRelationshipClass. --MatthewExon