Optimistic ignoramus, that I am, I set to adding a few releases. Some of them have attracted criticism and caused unnecessary extra work to those who are more expert at this. It turns out that I need a bit more help in getting things right than I could find in the number of pages of the style guidelines that I have consulted. So here’s a stub for a CD I own. Picard could not find an existing release, ans I could not find one searching manually by barcode or catalogue number, so I created it.
I tried to do the easy stuff only. Typing in the CD’s title and catalogue number was straight forward, as was scanning the barcode in, but that was all that did not present at least a minor hurdle. For instance, it turns out you can’t leave the release group box blank. The database insists on having one, and if you are not confident that you know how to choose the most suitable on from the pick list and leave it blank, it chooses the release title for you by default.
Next came the track list. It was of course blank, though for some reason unknown to me the track durations were already filled in correctly for all 16 tracks. I don’t know how Picard (I presume it was Picard) would have known the number of tracks, let alone the duration. All track titles were left blank, though. Not being keen on filling them out manually, I googled the CD by barcode. Among the results with track titles were http://www.classicalarchives.com/album/710357701221.html and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vivaldi-concerti-baroque-trumpet-music-john-wallace/30209, the latter only listing 11 of the 16 tracks. Both were different to the CD I had in hand, including in one case who the composer was, so I decided to type what I had lying on my desk out manually after all, even though I am not happy with whoever created it in the first place, but I think we can leave that issue for maybe later.
Right now I am more concerned about relationships. The style guide is clear enough in an abstract sort of way. The lazy way is to add them at release level, but if you know which tracks, which might be anywhere between one and all they apply to, the should be added at the recording level. And that is where I need pointers. Step by step please, and optimally starting with something like “Click on ‘Edit’, then click on…” I want to do that by myself because I’ll be remembering how it’s done more easily that way.
Once I know exactly how to go through the process deciding which composer gets related to which track is easy, for the information is there for every track. John Wallace appears on every one of them, and so does Philharmonia Orchestra,so that should be easy to once I know how to batch process the tracks, but can we assume that Lyn Fletcher and/or Peter Thomas play the violin only on tracks where they get a mention? Conversely, can we assume they do play on all tracks even when they are not mentioned?
I think I have made enough requests and asked enough questions for now, but there are bound to be more to come. Bear with me please, if you can.