I have also been looking for controlled vocabularies to describe raw material and other production elements. EBU and PBCore seem to have the best candidates, but no single vocabulary is complete in its coverage, and terms are for moving images as well.
PBCore controlled vocabularies:
EBU's classification schemes:
overview doc: https://tech.ebu.ch/docs/tech/tech3336.pdf
Directory of EBU and TV-Anytime CS's in xml (they are also available in RDF): https://www.ebu.ch/metadata/cs/
The ObjectType CS has promise, but the definitions are not always clear.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Paul T. Jackson <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:20 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [EXT] [ARSCLIST] Question for the catalogers.... standardized terms for raw materials, source materials, sketches?
Yes. Motown did this. They would get tapes from different places around
the country of, say the drum part, the trumpet solo, guitar and
voices...whatever, from various studios around the county and layered
these to a film which became the final take for a final recording. They
would often manipulate different tracks from different films to make a
I'm not sure that any 'metadata' about what was done for which
recording, but I think they did indeed had records of all the process
which took place. I worked with Esther Edwards, Gordy's sister, at
Motown, who told me about this process.
On 6/20/2019 11:49 AM, Steven Smolian wrote:
> I recall external tapes to be played or "flown-in" to a 24 track through a board having been referred to as "elements."
> Steve Smolian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Huff, David
> Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:27 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [EXT] [ARSCLIST] Question for the catalogers.... standardized terms for raw materials, source materials, sketches?
> In the context of early electroacoustic music the term “work tape” is most often used to denote recorded sounds that were used in the assembly process but are not the finished recording of the composition itself. I have also seen “sound document” used in this context.
> I don’t believe a standardized term exists that can apply to both analog and digital materials of this type, but in my own research I have been kicking around the terms “assembly recordings/sounds” or “realization recordings/sounds" to refer to these materials in a "format agnostic" way.
> Preservation and cataloguing of these kinds of work materials for electroacoustic music is still in a nascent stage, so there’s work to be done yet in developing standardized terminology.
> I have just ordered this book from our library’s remote storage:
> Smiraglia, R. & Pavlovsky, T. (1997). Describing music materials : a manual for descriptive cataloging of printed and recorded music, music videos, and archival music collections : for use with AACR2 and APPM. Lake Crystal, Minn: Soldier Creek Press.
> It’s old, but it could hold some clues. I’ll reply here if I find anything useful.
> David Huff, M.M.
> Sound Preservationist, Music Library
> Doctoral Candidate in Music Theory, College of Music
> University of North Texas
> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> (940) 369-7062
> On Jun 20, 2019, at 11:08 AM, Nick Patterson <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> Hi ARSC folks,
> A question especially for the catalogers/archivists here...
> In a situation where there are archival audio materials which consist of
> - raw material, definitely related to a finished work;
> - raw material, which may or may not have been used in a finished work
> Can anyone point me to existing standardized terms for audio recordings,
> for this type of thing?
> The context of this is audio content which often documents work processes
> of electronic music, e.g., audio materials and experiments which may have
> been incorporated into final works.
> In music scores, we have the LCSH:
> Musical sketches.
> It could work for audio, but I just wondered if there was any
> audio-specific thesaurus or other authority that might also have terms?
> Any tips much appreciated!
> Nick Patterson, Music Librarian
> Music & Arts Library, Columbia University
> 701 Dodge, 2960 Broadway
> New York, NY 10027
> This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.