In MusicBrainzTerminology, a track is an entry in the track table of the database. It usually contains a single song, but there are tracks with more than one song by the same artist, or tracks with more than one song by different artists, not collaborating.
- 1 song: One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
- 2 songs by one artist: Parting Ways / Writers Block
- 3 songs by one artist: Mx / Bong Hit / Damone
- 2 songs by different artists (not collaborating): Born Slippy (Nuxx) / Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now
- A full release's worth of songs by one artist: Ain't It Dead Yet?
It would be helpful to define what real-world entity the MusicBrainz term "Track" is intended to model. Sure, it's logically coherent to say "a track is an entry in the track table of the database", but it's also circular. There are clues about the real-world entity in other pages. DatabaseSchema/Tracks says, "broadly speaking, [table] track represents a particular recording of a song, and [table] albumjoin represents the inclusion of that recording on each release it appears on." Release implies, but doesn't quite say, that a vinyl LP and a CD can be two different ReleaseEvent
s of the same Release, as long as they have the same content and same artists and are derived from the same master recordings. Thus I'd propose this: "A Track is intended represent a specific audio recording of a specific musical performance. A particular track is transformed to various recorded data formats for distribution to listeners. If an artist performs a song and makes a master recording, that is one Track. The Track can be transformed to an analogue format on a vinyl LP; and a AIFF digital format on a Compact Disc; and an MP3 digital format in a computer file; it is still one Track. The MusicBrainz concept of Track also represents related entities: e.g., a block of data stored on media together with music tracks (DataTrack), or an audio recording that is not musical (a spoken word performance)." That isn't perfect, but it's a start. --JimDeLaHunt 2008-01-14
- Jim, have you read through http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/ObjectModel/TrackObject and the associated http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/ObjectModel ? (I'd link to the summit 8 NGS schema too, but I can't recall where the fullsize one luks did is stored :P). -- BrianSchweitzer 02:22, 15 January 2008 (UTC)