One of the most challenging jobs when tagging music is giving the proper genre tags to tracks that are of mixed styles. I have run across mixtures of Orchestral, Pop and Rock, Jazz and Electronica, Folk and New Age and the list goes on. There are many strategies behind categorizing these tracks. The most sensible way, would be to have both a Genre and Sub-Genre category/field, or Genre and 2 Sub-Genre fields. These fields can also be labeled as “categories” and “sub-categories” or “Styles”.
The term Dramedy is used for film spots that depict a mixture of both comedy and drama. Music used for Dramedy can be described as animated, sometimes energetic, light and usually bright and bouncy in texture.
The terms “Earthy” and “Organic” are used to describe music that creates a bright and warm feel and usually found on commercial spots that create an outdoorsy image. Imagine a scene in a golden field or a flowing river with sunshine, sunset or sunrise. The mood is often characterized as happy, carefree, lighthearted, bright, cheerful, feel-good, satisfied, breezy, and sometimes even lazy.
Just wanted to throw out a few industry usage tags that might be beneficial to your library or original music if you represent Electronica, Rocktronica, Dubstep, Urban, Hip Hop or heavy grooving tracks.
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Music Keywording Techniques
This is a brief guide to help artists create for themselves, a tagging protocol for their music library. After tagging music for Pandora and currently tagging and collecting metadata for licensing companies, I have gained some important and vital techniques for music keywording/tagging.