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Standard for tagging music files with artist's 'aliases'?
post Mar 21 2012, 15:16
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What is the universal tag that identifies the artist's aliases so you can have a better search result for a well documented library of songs.

For Example:

Twista was known as "Tung Twista" in his early releases as a rap artist, but for every release I want to add an alias so I can remember that it is the same artist and I don't have to make more folders when I can put his discography in one folder labeled as "Twista".
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post Mar 22 2012, 10:14
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Aphex Twin is an even worse case. He's used a dozen names, many for only one release. Aphex Twin, AFX, Bradley Strider, GAK, Power-Pill, Caustic Window, ...

What I did for him is just put the pseudonym he used in the regular ARTIST field, plus "aphex twin" in the COMMENT tag. foobar2000's search feature then lists all his releases when I do a search for "aphex twin". Now, I believe that foobar searches all tag fields. So, creating a custom field, maybe called ALIAS or SEARCH, would also probably work, if you are hesitant to use the COMMENT field.

(I'm now realizing this is pretty much exactly what BoraBora said.)

Unfortunately, I don't think there's any proper, standardized way to do this. And software other than foobar may not search custom tag fields. Closest thing to a standard that you could use to specify more than one artist name for a song would probably be ALBUM ARTIST. It's normally used for compilations with multiple artists on one album, but you could also bend it to be used for multiple names of a single artist. Foobar has good built-in support for sorting by ALBUM ARTIST, and I believe several other players do too. ARTIST SORTNAME may be worth checking out, but personally this is the first time I've ever heard of it, and couldn't tell you more.

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- SoberWarlock   Standard for tagging music files with artist's 'aliases'?   Mar 21 2012, 15:16
- - soulsearchingsun   Did you consider using the artist sortname and alb...   Mar 21 2012, 15:40
- - DVDdoug   I don't have a solution, but I agree this is a...   Mar 21 2012, 20:15
|- - BoraBora   There is no proper solution to this problem, only ...   Mar 21 2012, 22:56
|- - SoberWarlock   QUOTE (BoraBora @ Mar 21 2012, 22:56) All...   Mar 22 2012, 03:09
|- - BoraBora   QUOTE (SoberWarlock @ Mar 22 2012, 03:09)...   Mar 23 2012, 11:51
- - slks   Aphex Twin is an even worse case. He's used a ...   Mar 22 2012, 10:14
- - flaminio   Just one more data point, but I do what BoraBora d...   Mar 23 2012, 01:49
- - derty2   I use foobar2000 with Columns UI (alternative user...   Mar 23 2012, 12:52
|- - BoraBora   QUOTE (derty2 @ Mar 23 2012, 12:52) I hav...   Mar 24 2012, 00:41
- - derty2   My methods of working with my music collection hav...   Mar 24 2012, 11:18
- - Porcus   To make things a bit more complicated, a few of th...   Mar 24 2012, 12:03
|- - soulsearchingsun   QUOTE (Porcus @ Mar 24 2012, 12:03) The ...   Mar 24 2012, 17:49
- - LANjackal   I simply tag each track with whatever artist name ...   Mar 25 2012, 00:42
- - SoberWarlock   Alright I have made my mind. I have decided to go ...   Mar 29 2012, 17:03
- - D.Sync   I'm having such dilemma as well when dealing w...   May 17 2012, 07:39
- - Porcus   It's ARTISTSORT or ARTIST SORT, usually?   May 17 2012, 08:30
- - D.Sync   Not sure really. I'm using SORT ARTIST for now...   May 17 2012, 09:00

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