In a happy and sad coincidence, the Curriculum Quextet played music of Ornette Coleman’s the evening before he passed away.
Along with opening acts Brooklyn United Marching Band and DJs JDH and Dave P, Jamie Lidell performed at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 for the Celebrate Brooklyn Electro Soul dance party.
My friends Carter Yasutake and Nick Roseboro were among the New School alumni invited to participate in a trumpet duo round-robin and collective improv as part of the 2014 Festival of New Trumpet Music. Other performers: Aaron Shragge (the event’s organizer), Alejandro Berti, Michael Rodriguez, Sam Neufeld, Kenyatta Beasley, and Itamar Borochov.
In the move to digital 1, and particularly with streaming, the musicians who play on recordings are rarely given credit outside of AllMusic or Wikipedia. A PDF of the liner notes might mention personnel, but I don’t know of any download or streaming service that embeds such information in tracks. For MP3, there is a standard in place for such metadata — ID3 has the TMCL and TIPL for tagging files with personnel credits. There are Apple namespaced equivalents for MP4 (AAC) files. I’ve long used the Comments field for this purpose, but it suffers from limited character length and lack of structure. The only software I’ve found that supports TMCL and TIPL with an interface designed for their input is a Windows application called ID3TagIt. Not wanting to fire up a virtual machine to use an app which has not been updated since 2006, it would be great to see support in Metadatics 2. Currently, it handles musician credits only as raw text:
I’d like to see a UI for inputting credits:
The menu button at the right of the name field would give you access to commands to remove the person, the instrument or role, or add another person with the same instrument or role.
Providing a field for the Lyricist would also be nice:
Of course, this is pointless if playback software doesn’t provide some way to use this metadata. I want to be able to start a stream of songs with lyrics by Stevie Wonder, or create a Smart Playlist with all recordings of Pino Palladino on bass. Unfortunately, Apple seems to have lost interest in expanding iTunes’ metadata support and Spotify and Rdio have only the most basic track metadata.
- Note that I am not a retro-tech nostalgist. Not every LP sounds amazing, they wear out, and they are not the least bit portable.
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- Some of which are similar to Last.fm.
My friend Josh Deutsch and guitarist Nico Soffiato recently played some of their duo music at Cafe Vivaldi.