Can (DJ-)mixed recordings be merged with their unmixed versions?

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I’m trying to add a digital media release based on this Discogs entry. The vinyl release is already in MB: https://musicbrainz.org/release/5083f7e8-879f-4443-8206-ba4961d12c65

On this release, I’ve noticed that its associated recordings have been merged with the recordings in this compilation: https://musicbrainz.org/release/61cc70be-8f5c-4b5a-a551-2b44dbc4d58d

Now, the problem I see here is, that the compilation is DJ-mixed and the mixed recording is significantly shorter than the unmixed version (6:55 vs 8:32) and I think these should count as different recordings. In addition to different run times, the audio content of mixed recordings is also significantly changed due to the transitions from the previous and to the next song. AFAICS, the style guidelines don’t explicitly mention DJ-mixes in the context of merging recordings.

@dns_server expresses as similar view in another thread:

The original edit merging into the mixed recording received 4 yes votes, so I’m a bit unsure: https://musicbrainz.org/edit/33239402

/cc @drsaunde

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DJ mixes are not explicitly mentioned, but “Variations in the length of silence at either end of tracks is not a reason to keep recordings separate, since no changes have been made to the audio itself” (emphasis mine) should be pretty clear.

I just had a listen and both tracks do have different audio. It also looks like the track length in MusicBrainz is wrong.

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DJ-mixed recordings should indeed be separate recordings, not merged.

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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I’ve gone ahead and created the digital release with new recordings and pointed the vinyl release towards those instead of the DJ-mix.

I would appreciate a vote: https://musicbrainz.org/edit/72381386

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You could go to the DJ-mixed release with @Bitmap’s userscript called set recording comments and set all recording comments to something like DJ-mixed (or better with the name of the mix).

Don’t forget to write a small edit note explaining why and linking to the release, as recording edits won’t show the related release. :slight_smile:

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Thanks for the tip. I made the edits as you suggested: https://musicbrainz.org/release/61cc70be-8f5c-4b5a-a551-2b44dbc4d58d/edits

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