Continuing the discussion from Relationship for modern electronic (DAW) artists:
I didn’t want to necro the whole thread, but this question is coming up for me, too, because I’m dealing with a lot of electronic music right now. For example: https://beautyqueenautopsy.bandcamp.com
Matt Fanale is credit with “music/lyrics”. Obviously he gets composer/lyricist credit on the works. But he didn’t just compose the music, he created it… somehow. I would guess using some software, but I don’t know that for sure. It seems like he should get a performer credit, but there’s not really one.
About some of the previous suggestions: Producer, maybe I misunderstand this role but it doesn’t say to me “person who made the sound happen”. Programmer, I could get behind this but seemed like it was discouraged in the past (even though we’re pretty confident that’s what happened). Instruments: maybe, although it would be nice to be more specific.
I like programmer, but seems like programmer should be treated more as a performer based on the description. I mean, they are creating sounds that are part of the recording, even if it’s apart from the other musicians (and not like the instruments are always all played at the same time anyway).
[I’m still rambling on…] Part of my frustration is that it’s easy to credit Tom Shear as mixer (for instance), but not easy to credit Matt Fanale as the musician/creator. And then it seems like the mixer is getting more credit than the performer, which doesn’t really make sense.