There’s an area of the Japanese music industry that I’m just starting to wade into. It’s known as doujin (or dōjin) music and there’s a Wikipedia article about it here. Basically, they are amateur individuals or groups self-producing music that are often “tributes” or “inspired by” official franchises (kinda like fan art, but for music). But there is also a lot of original music created by these doujin artists. You may have heard of vocaloid, or the character Hatsune Miku that features a lot in doujin music. This music is often self-published and sold as CDs at conventions, or online.
There are already a few releases in the DB, and plenty of online resources filled with data about this rather big industry. But we don’t seem to have any guidelines about how to handle this in MB. I’d like to knock something up before I make too many edits that will end up needing correcting.
The main point of trickiness for me is the concept of “circles” (basically: a group) and how to handle them. The circle members aren’t necessarily the same people that produced the music. But these circles may have published the CD and sold them at their booth at conventions. They may have acted as the project manager, of sorts. They may have just picked a theme for a CD and invited artists to submit something for the compilation.
So, how can we identify these circles in MB? Should they be listed as “group” artists? “Other” artists? Labels? (I don’t think so, personally). Should the circle be listed as the artist for a release? Or should the release be “Various Artists” and the circle linked in some other way? (Maybe the “published” relationship?)
I should point out now that I only have a little knowledge about the doujin music world. Is there anyone else here with more knowledge than me and have an opinion to share?