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=Style for Untitled Tracks=
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=Style for untitled Tracks=
   
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'''This is an [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]].'''
'''Enter "[untitled]" as the name for untitled music tracks.'''
 
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# For '''untitled tracks''', enter "[untitled]" as the name. These are usually tracks that have not been given a name on the release (album sleeve and liner notes) it appears on.
 
## If the track is on another release with an '''official name''', use that name instead of "[untitled]".
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## If the track is widely known under an '''unofficial name''', you can use that name between brackets (conforming to the [[Capitalization Standard|CapitalizationStandard]]) as track name.
   
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# For '''tracks that contain only silence''', enter "[silence]" as the name. These tracks are often only a couple of seconds in length.
If the track is released elsewhere with an official name, this name should be used instead of "[untitled]".
 
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# For '''tracks that do not contain songs''' and that are not named by the artist, you can enter a descriptive name between brackets in all lowercase, or "[untitled]".
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">This is incorporated in [[Unnamed Track Style|UnnamedTrackStyle]].
 
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# For '''music tracks for which the name is unknown''', enter "[unknown]" as the name. This refers to tracks of which the name cannot be known even after extensive research.
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'''Note that [[Data Track|DataTrack]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s should follow [[Data Track Style|DataTrackStyle]].'''
   
 
==Rationale==
 
==Rationale==
   
Many tracks have no official name, and we use the special title "[untitled]" for these tracks. While there are albums that have no track titles, the more common example of untitled tracks is the "hidden" or bonus tracks that you often find on CDs after the listed tracks.
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Many releases contains tracks that are not named or do not consist of songs. A common example of untitled tracks is the 'hidden' or bonus songs that are often found on CDs after the listed tracks, either appended to the last track of the release or as a separate track.
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==Examples==
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# This applies to the abovementioned 'hidden' songs, e.g. [http://musicbrainz.org/showalbum.html?albumid=277254 track 11]. When they appear on a track that also has a listed song, this rule has to be used in combination with [[Multiple Title Style|MultipleTitleStyle]], e.g. [http://musicbrainz.org/showalbum.html?albumid=28611 track 13]. Also, there are vinyl dance music releases that consist completely of untitled tracks, e.g. [http://musicbrainz.org/showalbum.html?albumid=349547 untitled].
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# Some releases separate bonus tracks from the listed tracks by one or more tracks that contain only silence. A version of Nine Inch Nail's [http://musicbrainz.org/showalbum.html?albumid=608 Broken] uses the full 99 tracks available to the CD format; tracks 1 to 6 are music, tracks 7 to 97 are silence tracks, and tracks 98 and 99 are 'hidden' tracks.
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# This will mostly be used for live bootleg releases where there are tracks containing crowd noise, a guitar solo, etc. Corresponding names would be '''[crowd noise]''' and '''[guitar solo]''', e.g. [http://musicbrainz.org/showalbum.html?albumid=97711 track 3].
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==Discussion==
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I've kept [[Data Track Style|DataTrackStyle]] separate, because that also deals with a [[Special Purpose Artist|SpecialPurposeArtist]] named [data track]. --[[User:Zout|Zout]]
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This guideline incorporates the old [[Silence Track Style|SilenceTrackStyle]], the old UntitledTrackStyle and the [[Old Unnamed Track Style Proposal|OldUnnamedTrackStyleProposal]]. --[[User:Zout|Zout]]
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Note that it's difficult to define things when 'song' and 'track' are used as synonyms, even if they are not. --[[User:Zout|Zout]]
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The only potential problem I can see: people continually reediting the lower case descriptors. Possible solution: a list of "preferred" descriptors to be used unless none are appropriate. -- [[User:MichelleW|MichelleW]]
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">That is not my experience; when the descriptors are correct, i.e. it doesn't say "[guitar solo]" when it's a drum solo, editors do not touch it. This style is being applied to all Pearl Jam live releases, with not even once the potential problem you mention. --[[User:Zout|Zout]]
 
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Regarding rule 1.1 - I think this needs to be extended to album names as well, for untitled albums that have a common name. Perhaps not on this page, mind. [[Untitled Album Style|UntitledAlbumStyle]]? --[[User:Gecks|Gecks]]
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">If you create the wiki page, people are much more likely to agree ;) --[[User:Zout|Zout]]
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[[Category:To Be Reviewed]] [[Category:Style]] [[Category:Official Style]]

Revision as of 13:48, 15 December 2005

Style for untitled Tracks

This is an OfficialStyleGuideline.

  1. For untitled tracks, enter "[untitled]" as the name. These are usually tracks that have not been given a name on the release (album sleeve and liner notes) it appears on.
    1. If the track is on another release with an official name, use that name instead of "[untitled]".
    2. If the track is widely known under an unofficial name, you can use that name between brackets (conforming to the CapitalizationStandard) as track name.
  1. For tracks that contain only silence, enter "[silence]" as the name. These tracks are often only a couple of seconds in length.
  2. For tracks that do not contain songs and that are not named by the artist, you can enter a descriptive name between brackets in all lowercase, or "[untitled]".
  3. For music tracks for which the name is unknown, enter "[unknown]" as the name. This refers to tracks of which the name cannot be known even after extensive research.

Note that DataTracks should follow DataTrackStyle.

Rationale

Many releases contains tracks that are not named or do not consist of songs. A common example of untitled tracks is the 'hidden' or bonus songs that are often found on CDs after the listed tracks, either appended to the last track of the release or as a separate track.

Examples

  1. This applies to the abovementioned 'hidden' songs, e.g. track 11. When they appear on a track that also has a listed song, this rule has to be used in combination with MultipleTitleStyle, e.g. track 13. Also, there are vinyl dance music releases that consist completely of untitled tracks, e.g. untitled.
  2. Some releases separate bonus tracks from the listed tracks by one or more tracks that contain only silence. A version of Nine Inch Nail's Broken uses the full 99 tracks available to the CD format; tracks 1 to 6 are music, tracks 7 to 97 are silence tracks, and tracks 98 and 99 are 'hidden' tracks.
  3. This will mostly be used for live bootleg releases where there are tracks containing crowd noise, a guitar solo, etc. Corresponding names would be [crowd noise] and [guitar solo], e.g. track 3.

Discussion

I've kept DataTrackStyle separate, because that also deals with a SpecialPurposeArtist named [data track]. --Zout

This guideline incorporates the old SilenceTrackStyle, the old UntitledTrackStyle and the OldUnnamedTrackStyleProposal. --Zout

Note that it's difficult to define things when 'song' and 'track' are used as synonyms, even if they are not. --Zout

The only potential problem I can see: people continually reediting the lower case descriptors. Possible solution: a list of "preferred" descriptors to be used unless none are appropriate. -- MichelleW

  • That is not my experience; when the descriptors are correct, i.e. it doesn't say "[guitar solo]" when it's a drum solo, editors do not touch it. This style is being applied to all Pearl Jam live releases, with not even once the potential problem you mention. --Zout

Regarding rule 1.1 - I think this needs to be extended to album names as well, for untitled albums that have a common name. Perhaps not on this page, mind. UntitledAlbumStyle? --Gecks

  • If you create the wiki page, people are much more likely to agree ;) --Zout