When I listen to music, I like to listen to the “canonical” album or a particular live performance as a unit. Often releases of studio albums contain bonus tracks that I don’t want to listen to every time I listen to the album. Similarly, live releases sometimes contain multiple performances/concerts/sets, but I want to listen to a single set.
I could deal with this by manually tagging things to get in the order I want, but I hope to write a music player built on the MusicBrainz data model that could support this style of listening. Ideally, I could play a whole release, the “album” from a particular release, etc.
I think I can handle the live performance part using Events. However, I haven’t seen a way that you can represent the “canonical” album directly. What I had in mind was to group the works that are “canonically” in the album as parts of a parent work.
- Is this an idea that appeals to anyone else?
- Is it something I can do with the existing model? i.e. leave the work type blank or pretend it’s a “song-cycle”
- Or is a change to support an “album” work type amenable?
Let me know if I didn’t explain that well.