Hello folks. Sometimes there is important information that relates to a track/release which may not be part of a track/release title. The style guide covers cases of disambiguation (remixes, version, etc.), and covers relationships (“Beatles cover”), but does not cover two cases that I’m dealing with.
Case 1: Countries (Putumayo)
The Putumayo Presents series and the Putumayo Kids Presents series put out by the Putumayo World Records label usually have the name of the country of origin of a track if an album spans multiple countries. Here’s an example.
In such cases, should country name be seen as part of the track name? If not, where can it be noted? The location fields under “recording” are for things like “engineered in”, “produced in”, etc., and not for the country of origin of the track. To be clear: the underlying work and the track may be from different countries. Putumayo generally provides the country of origin of the artists for a track, not of the work itself.
Case 2: Ragas
While the Classical Music style guide covers “keys”, it doesn’t cover “ragas” for Carnatic and Hindustani music (which are loosely akin to modes in European classical music), nor talams (type of beat) or type of work. These are important attributes for Indian classical music.
In this case, for instance, the first “track title” part of the back cover includes:
Raag Kedaram [Raga] | Kriti [Type of work] | Muthuswamy Dikshatar [Composer]
“Anandha Natana Prakasam” [Name of the song] | Mishra Chaapu Taal [Talam]
It’s clear that the composer’s name isn’t part of the track title. However, it isn’t clear whether the raga, type of work, talam, aren’t part of the track title. And the greatest prominence on the back cover is given to the raga, rather than the song title itself. Not all Indian classical music tracks are discrete written “songs”, some tracks showcase specific kinds of improvisation (which have a raga and a talam, and a type of work, but no song name).
Do people have opinions on how these should be tagged?
If someone is knowledgeable in Indian classical music, perhaps they could help formulate a style guide?