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MusicBottle (or "the Bottle") is a project with the intend of presenting MusicBrainz data in a way more suitable for presentation and browsing where is mostly for editing purposes. It is led by Freso and caller#6 with contributions from Lordsputnik and a bunch of other the MusicBrainz people.

Discussion will happen probably mostly on IRC in the room #musicbottle. Feel free to come and hang out. We will probably also utilise the mb-devel mailing list for getting feedback on some design decisions (e.g., input on how to implement caching).


Purpoise, the Mission Statement

  1. Showcase the MusicBrainz data in a prettier way than what can reasonably be achieved on
  2. Show what can be done using the data fetched from MusicBrainz' Web Service.


(Write stuff.)

Design decisions/philosophy

  1. Don't hardcode any information. While it may be tempting to mark that Mozart is a composer in the code, we want the site to display the what can be retrieved using only MusicBrainz. Retrieving information from sources linked to from MB data is fine, but hardcoding such info is not.
  2. Use the URL scheme of as long as at makes sense. This should simplify a lot of things, and make inter-site URL mapping quite easy. So e.g. will match


As Freso likes writing Python and caller#6 wants to learn the language, this quickly became the language of the project. Flask was initially recommended by ianweller and subsequently endorsed by ruaok, so that is the framework we're currently looking into. We will most likely aim for getting the code running on an nginx server.

We're also going to need some kind of cache, to not hit MusicBrainz (or other sites) over and over again. We're looking into MongoDB and possibly other NoSQL databases for now.

The main codebase is GPL v2+ and any libraries developed to keep sane abstractions will be LGPL'd. (Any Flask-specific extensions will be BSD/MIT-style licensed.) The code is available on GitHub.

Libraries, APIs, etc.

Other pointers

Random ideas

How and what to pull in and how to present it?

Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, ... activity streams.

Images from


Mock-up pages

Other sites

Sub and related pages