A Digital Symphony

Classical music from Computer to HiFi


This section sets out what the results of the tagging scheme should look like, using Muso and Squeezebox touches.

The actual effort to rip each CD is fairly low, provided you use a decent ripper and SongKong and/or Picard, although much depends on the quality of metadata available on the Internet. To improve the quality of metadata for you and others, I strongly recommend registering with MusicBrainz. Editing metadata on MusicBrainz is not particularly complex, although you do need to read the style guidelines and follow them.

Here is a typical album. The Muso screen looks just like the CD insert. Notice how tracks are grouped by works, with “subheaders” used for intermediate work descriptions where appropriate:


Note that:

On the SB touch the display will be similar to the Squeezeplay one on the PC shown below.


The information shown here is quite limited, but iPeng on the iPad will show more details. The SB touch (and squeezeplay) can be fixed to show more information by using the Custom Clock plugin - see later.


The next screen shows the Muso display for a slightly different album:


Note the use of sub-headings to divide the Four Seasons. Note also that Kennedy’s instrument is shown, as well as the name and instrument of his co-soloist in the concertos for 2 violins. The sleevenotes are available as before.

By using the custom clock plugin on the SB touch, the display looks like this:


Here the Title and Artist list are scrolling.

The next example shows how (using the Classical Extras plugin for MusicBrainz Picard), the original language of the works can be shown with the track titles used to provide a translation:


One final example, with a variety of composers, arrangers and performers. Note that arrangers are described as such in the Composer tag – e.g. “Arr. Michael Lewin”.



 When SongKong or Picard has been used to provide the MusicBrainz metadata, Muso will provide links directly to MusicBrainz, For example, clicking "Album Page" under "MusicBrainz Pages" on the screen above will give you this:


From here you can explore all the highlighted (blue) links. In terms of the richness of information for the minimum of effort, I think it takes some beating!