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Revision as of 16:51, 12 December 2010

Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-299
Champion: Chancey
Current status: RFC



This proposed style attempts to address the ambiguity with releases that exist as a full continuous track. In some situations it can be seen as an extension to the official Live Bootleg Style because most Continuous Mixes are bootlegs.


A 'Continuous Mix is defined as having the criteria;

  • Must exist originally as a continuous mix. Normal releases that have been joined together are not continuous mixes and should not be entered as releases unless with a special reason.
  • Are not live concerts. This makes them a Live Bootleg Style. The exception to this if the concert is part of a longer well known series where all the other releases are also similarly Continuous Mixes.
  • Almost always a bootleg (recorded off the radio, TV, etc.)
  • In almost all cases Continuous Mixes are the joining (and/or mixing) of many separate (back-to-back) songs; not one single very long song.


  • If a Continuous Mix is defined as the solid state of many back-to-back songs then it's possible that the Continuous Mix will be split into its individual song members and exist as a separate release on MusicBrainz (in the same release group) following the standard guidelines for whatever content has been split.
  • Being a Continuous Mix release does not relinquish any other guidelines that may apply. The guidelines that exist for Continuous Mixes are on top of other official guidelines.


1. Continuous Mixes can exist as a single or multipart continuous mix. In either case the release title will take the same form:

Title: Continuous Mix
  • Example: A State of Trance 470: Continuous Mix

2. The Release Group will house the continuous mix and/or the split version so the release group name should not contain the suffix ": Continuous Mix" such an example may look like:

Release Group: A State of Trance 470
Release: A State of Trance 470: Continuous Mix
Release: A State of Trance 470

3. When continuous mixes are split into parts each part becomes a track (following the Part Number Style) so like:

Release Group: A State of Trance 470
Release: A State of Trance 470: Continuous Mix
Track: A State of Trance 470: Continuous Mix, Part 1
Track: A State of Trance 470: Continuous Mix, Part 2

4. The track titles and respective artists are entered into the annotation.

Continuous Mixes do not follow Multiple Title Style.

5. The Release Event is made up of;

  • Date: Is of the original broadcast (not of when it was recorded, copied or redistributed.) Bootlegs that are replayed (this sometimes happens on radio or TV) only the original date of that broadcast is to be entered as the release event.
  • Country: The country of original broadcast (even when it goes globally.) This should not be [Worldwide] just because it was broadcast worldwide. Often the country will be the same country as that of the label. [Unknown Country] is suitable if not enough information can be found.
  • Label: Some bootlegs will have a label. For example the A State of Trance episodes are broadcast under the similarly named A State of Trance label.
  • Catalog #: There is rarely a catalog number for bootlegs (this is not the same as an episode number.) The catalog number is not allowed to be made up. It must come from an official source or be left blank.
  • Barcode: Same thing as Catalog #.
  • Format: Digital Media is the best match as that's how most bootlegs exist, but the format should match the correct medium if Digital Media is not the case.




See Proposal_talk:Continuous_Mix_Style.