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"Artists" used for handling special cases

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A number of artist names are used for special cases; some of them are directly addressed in the style guides:

Others are used more informally:


There's a whole bunch of religious worship music released by "Vineyard" artists, some of which are listed here. @alex

Created this page in response to the following moderations, as a better forum for discussion of these artist names. Feel free to expand/improve the documentation above as well...

I think it is counterproductive that artist for anonymous is [anon.] but artist for trad. istraditional they should be the same. either both the abbreviated or both the full word.

Someone mentioned something about that on the mailing list, but I do not recall who ~mo

  • I thought there was something from TarragonAllen saying it should be expanded (à la Volume) and I tend to agree, preferringanonymous to [anon.] for this. @alex

Where should 'artists' like Nintendo and Microsoft go? --zout

  • In some cases, there are audio tracks for games that are "production music" and there's no proper composer other than "the employees of the game division of XXX Co." In those cases, having Nintendo or Microsoft as the artist is probably as correct as we can possibly get. It's worth noting in an ArtistAnnotation that many games do in fact have a credited composer or music engineer who should be the artist. @alex
    • I'd like to comment that Nintendo, much like 'soundtrack' is a placement artist type thing for Nintendo game-soundtracks, as Nintendo has yet to make computer games, are all discs under Nintendo, music CD's. Have moved Zelda ones to Koji Kondo for example. to be confusing one Age of Empires disc under 'Microsoft' is not a game CD but an actuall soundtrack. IMHO this sould not be under 'Data CD'. so in lieu of all this I have thought to go look over my game CD's to see if there is any music-composing info in the credits.. ~mo


I think we could build another special Artist, altough I'm generally against this kind of complication. I'm talking about Gregorian music that is quite particular. Strictly following rules it has to be [anon.] because no one knows who wrote it, but it is in fact the born of all occidental music and probably deserves an exception. Moreover it's a very limited and unique type of music that is always grouped together in phisical and online stores. Now on MB we have a lot of release spread under bogus Artist and I wish we could fix it. --ClutchEr2

  • I'd say to go for it; we, the users build the database. Just add a clear annotation describing what the artist is for... --azertus
    • (noting that I didn't quite understand you wanted to create new artistGregorian or similar, an idea I am not *that* much against, really) but then comes the other task. of deciding when something is Gregorian or when something is 'anon' ? ~mo

(for now, eventually Documentation or something)