also adding that I’ve seen singles released as part of a soundtrack, but they don’t appear on an album. I could imagine it’s fairly common with video games, as they can receive updates which have new music, but not enough for an album.
This film was famous for its pop music sound track of the era. All written for the film. The first track, Don’t You (Forget About Me), became a large hit for Simple Minds. I find it a little strange that MB has no way of noting this at a work level. None of these tracks has anyway to note their use at a Work or Recording level. If you stopped the single from being a soundtrack then nothing links it to a film any more.
I feel there is a little too much focus on a “score” and forgetting that much more can make up the “soundtrack” of a film - and songs like this are very important to that soundtrack.
If we didn’t have singles released specifically for promotion of films then we would not have any of the classic singles associated to James Bond.
Currently the database is missing the ability to really let us explore music as used in film.
Shutting down the “Soundtrack Single” seems wrong to me. A single released to promote a film should be noted in the same way as an album released to promote that same film. And often that single will see far more than the album and do much to promote the film.
I could write for ages on this subject… so you are lucky I deleted half this post
A soundtrack release is an album of the actual recorded music featured in a movie, TV series, stage show, video game, or other medium. This might be the musical score, or a collection of recordings that were used in the medium, or both. Video game CDs with audio tracks should be classified as soundtracks because the musical properties of the CDs are more interesting to MusicBrainz than their data properties.
The MusicBrainz project does not generally consider the following to be soundtracks:
a single or EP taken from a complete soundtrack release (unless the single/EP is explicitly marked as “soundtrack”).
re-recordings, or cover performances of music from a soundtrack release.
a compilation of individual recordings from various soundtrack releases.
The association of a Single/EP with its originating soundtrack should be established using the “single/EP which was taken from…” relationship.
So there are several comments saying what’s wrong with my proposed text, but no suggested changes to improve it. I’m trying to start a conversation that will result in a clearer definition that clarifies the ambiguities/inaccuracies of the current one.
My reason for suggesting to include the word complete is that the text without it doesn’t convey to me the basic concept of what a soundtrack is. That’s my opinion as someone not previously involved in debate.
A soundtrack is the complete musical score or collection of recordings…
Many, maybe most, soundtrack albums don’t include every second of music that was in the movie
I think “complete” or “entire” is far too high a requirement It’s not just “not every second” - parts of the score may be missing for copyright reasons, e.g. Zabriskie Point (Stones song missing), or lack of capacity of the medium, e.g. Koyaanisqatsi (only half of the tracks compared to the film).