I’m still thinking about tags. The idea of reader Cygn in a previous comment to establish a taxonomy or even an ontology to maintain tags and by that tagging DnB tunes, is compelling to music as a whole, but has some limitations when it comes to differentiating DnB tracks. Take, for example, Phace’s “Reservoir” and Misanthrop’s “Viperfish”. Of course, these two are similar, and to a random non-Head they would both sound like an incarnation of hell, still for an insider it’s possible to quickly distinguish the two.
The problem therefore is to build an ontology of entities which allow for handling very fine-grained differences. I’m currently not convinced that it is possible to do that. After all, as Miles Davis (?) put it, “talking about music is like dancing to architecture”. My fear is that at least 50% of all Neurofunk tunes will end up being tagged identically.
My question therefore is: Could you provide convincing tags to distinguish Reservoir and Viperfish? I’m talking about musical properties, not artist or label info. (Feel free to choose others for convenience)
After some fruitful comments by Cygn, I came to think that the only way to provide a specification for describing tracks as similar as many Neurofunk tunes, is by extracting their intrinsic properties, however hard that may prove to be. The more I think of it, the more I feel we need a highly focused ontology which provides the following descriptions, maybe on top of more generally appliable properties like “Neurofunk, heavy, minimal, sub-bass-focused”:
- DnB-specific patterns, i.e. drum patterns (i.e. the “Phace shuffle” = shifting the initial kick of each 2nd measure by one 8th)
- Contained elements, i.e. “Apache break” or “foghorn”
- Arrangement elements, i.e. delayed drop
The problem is that an author would be required to have both very analytical skills and DnB background knowledge. I really doubt that there enough people to get this going.
Consequently, most DnB tracks will be put into a relatively small amount of different boxes. Maybe that’s not even too bad…