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February 18, 2011

The interviews I’ve conducted over the last 4 weeks have inspired me to finally get around to tagging some things I acquired last year and to add a new release to the DB. This new release actually turned into much more work than I’d expected: the artist, Scattered Trees, wasn’t in there, and neither was the band’s label, Roll Call Records. The album isn’t due out until April, but I got a download link from their PR company, so I have it. Trying to figure out what to provide as evidence for the release was a little worriesome, so I just threw the kitchen sink of sources in the comment box.

I also wasn’t sure how to put Roll Call Records in there. The label is its own label, but they also apparently work with EMI so the email from the PR folks said “Roll Call Records/EMI” which is confusing. In hindsight, it should probably just be Roll Call Records but I don’t know. We’ll see how the voting goes.

In other news, if anyone still happens to be reading this blog and would like to talk to me about using MBz for no more than an hour (chat, Skype, or phone), please contact me!


Thank you so much!

July 29, 2010

I’d just like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the MusicBrainz survey. I appreciate your input! More to come as I sort through the results.


MusicBrainz Survey: Live!

July 8, 2010

Hey MusicBrainz fans,

My survey is now officially live and ready for the taking:

Even if you aren’t a registered MBz user and have just poked around at the site, you can still take the survey! I am grateful for any responses, and it will take less than 15 min to complete, max.

Thank you in advance!

Survey ready for testing!

June 7, 2010

Hey MB users,

After a post-semester vacation, I’m back and ready to test the survey for final polishing before I launch it. I’m looking for a few volunteers willing to connect with me over Skype or chat while taking the survey to provide feedback on phrasing, redundancy, and how long it takes. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email at jhemerly [at] ischool [dot] berkeley [dot] edu. I’m aiming to have the survey up and running by July 1 so I’d like to do the testing in the next 2 weeks.


Transcript complete!

May 3, 2010

The interview transcript is complete and up here. I’ve begun reworking the History page on my MB wiki here.

Halfway there…

April 27, 2010

Half of the mythical interview I did with Robert Kaye is now available to read here. I’m on a roll. More to come this week.

Interesting Question

April 21, 2010

I thought this was an interesting question on the mailing list, given the unrelenting stream of find-the-next-star reality shows in the US:

The band BeForU (as with many Japanese pop bands) was formed when a label (in this case the game company Konami) held a competition to select members for a new band. Is it appropriate to add the “founding member” attribute to the member of a band AR for these people?

The answer was no: “A founding member should be a) involved in founding the band and b) a member of the band at some point – probably from the beginning.”

I actually think this was an interesting question and that a competition-formed band should be somehow noted in MB if it really is going to be an encyclopedic repository for music information.