Hey now! New member. My first post. I want to outline a massive project I am embarking upon.
In their 30+ year career, the Grateful Dead played over 2,300 live concerts. They permitted live recording and tape trading, which eventually proved to be a massive factor in driving their popularity. Those recordings have now, of course, been digitized and continue to be traded among fans. As one might expect, it creates a huge opportunity for inconsistency in file structure, naming, and tagging.
My collection of live Grateful Dead music:
- 3.7 TB
- 4,743 folders
- 123,807 files
To 'normalize' the filename, directory name, and tags in the collection so my player software (ROON, JRiver, etc.) can process and interpret the files consistently.
Step #1 -
The first thing I did was to get each concert directory (i.e. - album) out of various sub-directories (E:\Grateful Dead\GD 78-85\1982) and loaded into the same root directory (E:\Grateful Dead)
Step #2 -
I've done a 'rough' job of then separating those folders into directories based on the directory naming convention. For example...
Note: 89% of files are in that top folder, using the following directory naming convention:
So what you see here is something like:
"gd89-10-15.aud.senn441s+nak300.alabamabob-currier.keo.120533.flac2496f" could translate into:
Artist: Grateful Dead
Source Notes: "Audience recording. Senn441s+nak300 (recording equipment). Recorded by Alabama Bob-Currier. Keo.120533 (unsure of meaning)"
File Type: .flac2496f
"gd80-05-xx.sbd.12259.shnf" could translate into:
Artist: Grateful Dead
Source Notes: Soundboard recording (=sbd). 12259 (unsure of meaning)
File Type: .shnf
Sometimes (rarely) the dates are not complete, like "gd80.05.xx....flac" (Unknown day in May, 1980)
Those "source notes" usually start with one piece of important information: is it an audience microphone recording (aud) or a soundboard recording (sbd). Then there can be additional notes separated by 1, 2, 3, 4, periods which usually refer to the provenance (equipment used, taper name, etc.) It is not critical that this "Notes" information be separated out into different tags. It could all live in a single "notes" field.
Important tag information is in the directory name.
Things get more interesting. Within the folders, the file naming conventions are inconsistent. See screenshot:
Important tag information is in the filename, but those filename conventions are wildly inconsistent.
When browsing files, I can display the Path, but cannot seem to get a column to display the Parent. See screenshot...
Obviously, this is a big project. I am really not sure how to approach it or get started. I am new to mp3tag and have a lot to learn about the software. I ASSUME that I am going to have to approach this in batches, based on various naming conventions in the library. That raises another question...
...How do I discovery, separate, and organize this work, based on the underlying file naming conventions used?
Help! I've never tackled anything like this before. My hope is that some of you out there enjoy these challenges, recognize the enormity of this one, and will give me a hand (regardless of whether you like the Grateful Dead!)