The General Chatter/Off Topic Thread

I do believe we are! :stuck_out_tongue:

My main concern was with this quote:

I was worryingly interpreting that as saying that the current method of using Series that way is, in some way, “improper…” but, I’ve already made my thoughts on this known, so whatever. Series banzai!

But yeah, I certainly would not be opposed to the addition of an entity type like Franchise / IP / etc., or even a Work-type augmentation that fulfills that role, with a few more relationship types to bolster it… but I get the feeling we might not be getting that any time soon. It comes off to me like too obvious of an addition to not have already been done if it was something the MB team would have wanted, so I’m left to assume there’s some rationale behind it not existing currently. Or they’ve just constantly had bigger fish to fry for years on end.

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The question for me then is is - are there other situations where work + rg series can duplicate information?

I stand behind my use of series though, for what it’s worth. I don’t care about the semantics of what it’s called, if it’s useful for me and for the DB and doesn’t break anything I’m going to use it :metal:

A ‘franchise’ series would be great ofc (another ‘series’ item but with a different name?), but if that’s not on the horizon then a new relationship is practical.

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me getting home from work to like 9 Discourse notifications and a trust level promotion be like


added that to the database~ :wink:

you also inspired a new collection, if you wanna add to it, lemme know. I’d love to add you as a collaborator on it~

edit: don’t know if you’ll see this, but @teethfairy, you’re welcome as well~


:pleading_face: omg id love to be a collaborator. i already have a couple in mind


Does anyone have any advice on how to link common themes? A bit out of my depth, entering the scary world of ‘works’ here.

There’s an iconic theme that is referenced/used throughout the Halo soundtracks, tweaked a bit, or mixed with other bits of music, usually with a new name and without crediting the original composers.

Two are already there as a basic ‘recording of’ relationship (on that link above). One of those already sounds quite different to the other, so not sure if that’s correct.

But for my specific example how should I link these two recordings or works:
original | newest version

Halp :heart_eyes:


it depends on whether you’re referring to a theme song or a leitmotif (also called a theme)

if it’s a theme, I believe it’d be its own work, related to the recordings that feature it

if it’s a leitmotif, I have no clue… :sweat_smile:

I’ve had to deal with a leitmotif before, I don’t think I handled it correctly tho…

(yes, I’ve added it to that collection)


Thanks! I don’t know though! It seems like a lot of the song is often re-used (rather than just the tune or whatever), but leitmotif could still be the right term?

Can anyone with classical knowledge have a listen to the two examples above and see what they think?

Oh man, just found this YouTube series that really digs into the re-use of these Halo themes/leitmotifs. Sweet lord.
Unfortunately he uses both ‘theme’ and ‘leitmotif’. Seems like some of his examples are definitely leitmotifs because they are just snippets (I am slightly less interested in these, more interested in connecting songs that are very similar, almost covers).


actually, after listening to the recordings, yes, that is the theme of Mr. Halo :joy:

all seriousness aside, I have worked a bit with the Doom (2016) soundtrack, and they reworked the first level’s soundtrack from Doom (1993)

don’t know if I did it right or not, but it’s better than nothing. :wink:

one big difference, in Doom’s case, the later one was inspired by the original, not the same work in my humble opinion though… in the two examples you gave sound like they might be almost the same work. at least without a super in-depth listen, maybe the “lyrics” are different between versions or something?

to my understanding, a leitmotif is like the Shire leitmotif from Lord of the Rings (the melody the flute plays at the very beginning of this recording)

it’s used throughout the whole Lord of the Rings soundtrack, often on different instruments, but still the same general melodic line in most cases.

another example would be the Imperial March from Star Wars. they use the first few lines as shorthand for, “hey look, it’s the Imperials!” or “hey look, it’s Darth Vader!”, and that way they can evoke the feeling of the Empire or Darth Vader in other scenes.

in other news, made a cool meme music discovery thanks to some random person in my YouTube recommendations… I found the “Oh no” song from TikTok:

this is the reason I’m taking so long sorting through my library… I find cool thing, I say “ooh, this needs to be in MusicBrainz”, then I add it and never make progress on my own library… :sweat_smile:


:joy: Unbelievable…


But consider this, Riff… how will anyone ever be able to make sense of that without a good AcoustID fingerprint on it? :wink:

Hahaha… well, I dunno if I’ll be super active in contributing to it, but, sure, I’d love to be able to collaborate on it. I know of some stuff that really blurs the lines between “normal” and memetic music…

Anyway, I spent some time tonight marveling at the task now before me: one of my friends wants to tag their stuff from the A-One circle, and at that point I realized a bunch of their Releases are just a spaghettified mess of clashing relationship and crediting standards… and I’ve been trying to tidy up the first few Releases. I’ve got loooots of open edits now… at least compared to what I’m used to. :slightly_smiling_face:

I definitely try not to rock the boat too much with my editing and refrain from doing huge sweeping changes all at once, but I’m sure I’ll have a good few pages of open edits for stuff like relationship edits/removals in the next week… Anyone want to take bets on how many releases I’ll make it through before I get sick of it and take a hiatus?

I forgot when I was posting just now, but during the middle of the day, when I was working on those releases, I took some before/after screenshots of POD JACK just for the fun of it.

:unamused: :-1:

:relieved: :ok_hand:


Much later but an update. Based on this IRC convo there isn’t really a way to connect leitmotifs or themes anyway, so it turns out it’s a mute question/difference!

tldr: just use the ‘based on’ relationship for now

@hay_ mentioned on Twitch that a Leitmotif is a melody which would constitute a work in MB? So maybe I create a work and then link that using ‘based on’…
Would both simplify and complicate it, as these melodies are used in multiple tracks on the first release/soundtrack. So eases the question of ‘what’s based on what’, but brings up the question of ‘what’s the motif called’…

Relevant IRC convo parts:


I was actually about to make a thread on that, because I found another example :sweat_smile:

good to know there’s already a ticket for that tho~

in my opinion, something like [Shire theme] or [Darth Vader leitmotif] might be good, unless there’s a known name for it. do we need a new work type in that case‽ :joy:


hello mb family…

i changed my name to David when i was 13, and i’m starting to think i made the wrong choice, because i went to create an entry for my legal name to link to my mom and it seems many Williams parents had my same name idea. at least one of them even lives near me! my name is so common there is an artist entry for unknown David Williamses… shoutout to @jesus2099 10 years ago for making that btw :wink:

this is the final straw. i’m taking legal name suggestions. i’m thinking something like Hhbsdnflhg Jjesbfjksg.


I’ve gone ahead and made a leitmotif work: [Halo theme]

I might leave it there for now, I really just wanted to link those very similar songs together. I was already thinking 'should I split out the ‘monks ohooooooo’ing’ part into its own motif as it’s used so much, but I just don’t have the time :sob:

If you have any feedback @reosarevok please do say, and also @CyberSkull who has done an insanely good job on the Halo works already.

Something like ‘Asfdasfd Williams’ will make you come up a lot when I just jam something into Google to skip to the image search window :thinking:


I recognise that issue. Obviously my RealName™ is not Ivan. My own name is so common that I have to give my date of birth when I go to the dentist to avoid a clash. In my current home town there are many of us. We are legion. There are even famous people with my name.

We share that problem that getting a gmail account means we are :rofl:

But there is a bonus. It gives us level of anonymity. No one is going to find us in a Google search. Facebook gets confused as to which one we are. Haha. Common names are cool. Just get yourself a nick name for your mates. We know you are uniquely you and it is all the other David Williams’ who are copying you.

Now I just got to practice saying Hhbsdnflhg. I assume that is Welsh with the lack of vowels.


49 reviews away from 10,000 reviews on CritiqueBrainz :open_mouth:


Mind. Blown. Your surname is Dobsky though right??

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I never done it - Monkey Dust - Ivan Dobsky's Charity Gig - YouTube

I doubt Monkey Dust made its way over to your side of the planet… you have missed out on some quality dark dark humour with an excellent sound track. Some of it is on YouTube. Only first series made it to DVD due to having too much music on it. This is why torrents were invented.

[warning - anyone easily offended don’t click on that link]


just wanted to share a fun recording I just added to the DB. I spent far too long finding all the individual musicians before finding they were all linked on the original poster’s TikTok post… :sweat_smile:

this also made me realize that we probably ought to better support TikTok URLs. would that be a “new feature” ticket? nevermind, there’s already a ticket for that.

edit: is this a basic wall of sound? :thinking: :wink: