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COMPOSER tagging and viewing
01-08-2020, 13:52
Post: #1
COMPOSER tagging and viewing
Apologies if this has been covered, but....

In some respects I am a bit of a Nerd. I enjoy getting my metadata correct and complete. I use an excellent program on my Mac called Tag Editor that allows all sorts of clever shortcuts and block substitutions.

As an ex jazz player myself I have learned to love the standards - Great American Songbook, as well as pop records of my youth.

And to a better understanding of who was who I have made a hobby during Covid lockdown of filling in the Composer fields in my metadata. I use the site Allmusic, and there are of course others. Discogs can also be useful. It often involves a cunning bit of detective work and metadata that is downloaded when ripping a CD is often inaccurate.

But I have nearly completed all that is realistically achievable in my collection of FLACs.

Firstly, anyone share my passion? Secondly, what it the best app on an iPad to show Composer? My favourite app for many reasons is Lumin but can this be improved upon when playing a playlist? Simply holding a finger on any track on the screen will reveal a lot about it including composer.

But are there any apps that openly display composer? Of course my Linn streamer runs it across the screen when it starts off a track but that is of limited use.

Any ideas??

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03-08-2020, 08:55
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RE: COMPOSER tagging and viewing
So nobody seems to have picked this one up yet. Perhaps there are not so many composer nerds.

So let me take a stab. Is there any clever way to code Minim so that Lumin thinks that track artists are composers?? That is when Lumin forms its own database it reads in all the composer tags and displays them next to the track name instead of the track artist (which is often obvious). Could be fun to try if not to live with permanently.

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03-08-2020, 10:46
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RE: COMPOSER tagging and viewing
(03-08-2020 08:55)Donuk Wrote:  So nobody seems to have picked this one up yet. Perhaps there are not so many composer nerds.

So let me take a stab. Is there any clever way to code Minim so that Lumin thinks that track artists are composers?? That is when Lumin forms its own database it reads in all the composer tags and displays them next to the track name instead of the track artist (which is often obvious). Could be fun to try if not to live with permanently.

Donuk beautiful downtown York

A couple of features come to mind.

Alias tagging

And/or

Tag formatting
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03-08-2020, 20:02
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RE: COMPOSER tagging and viewing
To expand a little on these two options, aliasTags will change all your track artists to composers everywhere. The setting for this is

(in aliasTags) Composer:-Artist

tagFormat will leave the LUMIN "folder view" index as showing artists but should (hopefully) display composers instead of artists everywhere else. The setting for this is

(in tagFormat) Artist.displayFormat={$composer}

You can experiment to see which you prefer.
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04-08-2020, 10:08
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RE: COMPOSER tagging and viewing
Thank you Alan and Simon for your help. Will try this in due course.

As ever, this forum is great. One of the few where you can say you don't know something without someone calling you stupid.

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05-08-2020, 08:59
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RE: COMPOSER tagging and viewing
I must report back on this one - it has been a lot of fun.

So far, I have tried, (in aliasTags) Composer:-Artist

And with Minimserver 2 things are easier and more flexible. What I did of course was to save my current settings as Donz. Then I did the Composer:-Artist bit and restarted the server.
Then saved it as DonzComposer. Now easy to switch between the two from my iPad.

As I said I usually use Lumin on my iPad. So I also started HD Streamer, a Lumin clone. Then in HD Streamer I made it reload the music library. I then had one app (Lumin) focussing on Track Artist, and the other (HD Streamer) considering Composers.

The various effects and presentations of information is too complicated to list here - but well worth the fun of having a go. Invaluable for sad people who want to sit around their hifi and have "composer evenings".

This process also has a very interesting effect on the Linn control apps, the effects of course being immediate and not relying on rereading the music database.

Happy days

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