This is my first post on the forums here, but this is something I figured I should ask around about.
So recently I added the release “I Grew Up With Video Games” by Algar. I got the information directly from the artist’s Bandcamp, found here.
The artist credits the original song of a remix they did to an artist called “illmidus”. Initially, I was unable to find ANY information on this artist. But then, I found one single solitary bit of information on it at modarchive.org.
This appears to be where the remixed track originated from.
I ended up adding illmidus as an artist, seeing that all websites that have Algar’s album (iTunes, Deezer, etc) credit illmidus as the track artist, and not himself.
Until now, I had never encountered anything about MOD music in my time as a music nerd on the internet. But, there appears to be a large subcommunity that exists (it’s been around for 20+ years!) and is still active. Wikipedia has information on MOD music here: here.
Modarchive.org has more information on their website too.
But here’s where my question comes in: Should we (MusicBrainz users) document MOD music and their musicians? There appears to be quite a lot of MOD music out there, and like I said there is a rather large subcommunity that exists as well.
But conversely, many of these MOD tracks are not contained on actual albums, or are a part of actual releases; they are only found online typically in single-file format, much like the link I gave up above to illmidus’s song “Rezar”. And, like I said, there’s a lot of it.
Should we add the artists of these tracks and simply file all songs under “[standalone recording]”? Or is documentation on this sort of music culture not really MusicBrainz’s thing?
I won’t be adding any more modular music unless they are part of an actual “album” until I hear from the rest of you what the general consensus is on this topic.
Update: by doing some more browsing on modarchive, I found more tracks by this “illmidus” individual. So, perhaps if we do documentation it should be for artists who have 2 or more songs attributed to them?