This is a genre hierarchy list that can be added to MusicBee as a replacement for the genre hierarchy that it uses by default.(note: this is relevant for MusicBee 3.4 beta only, see the bottom of this post)
This 'enhanced' version has the same basic concept and idea, which is:
It contains all genres, and all variations on their names as are present in the genre databases of MusicBrainz and Discogs, and a few from Wikidata.
That means that if you use MusicBee's auto-tag function, or other tagging software such as Picard or mp3tag, those genres will be matched and categorised.
There are two differences between the default one and this enhanced version:
MusicBee's default genre hierarchy list is flat and basic.
Which makes it easy to navigate and quickly see all music in a selected main category without the need to consider deeper navigation or having subdivisions that could be considered too subjective or biassed.
It will look like this:
This enhanced version has 2nd level subdivisions for most main genres, and a 3rd for some. It can look like this:
For this enhanced version I will not keep the genres limited to what is on MusicBrainz and Discogs, but I will be adding new genres and possibly new categories that I consider useful and sensible.
Suggestions on those are welcome, I will add them if I agree with them.(I already added some additional Metal genres and the Metalcore category after good suggestions from smann)download Enhanced genre hierarchy list
- extract the downloaded rar file.
- put the Enhanced genre hierarchy.txt
file in the folder: MusicBee> AppData> TagHierarchyTemplates (note: this folder will have been created by MusicBee only after you have enabled the Tag Hierarchy Explorer panel at least once)
- (re)start MusicBee
- click the header of the Tag Hierarchy Browser panel to select the Enhanced genre hierarchy.
Optional addition: Genre grouping text file
In the download link you will also find a text file named 'Genre category grouping'.
It is updated to contain all the genres that are used in the enhanced genre hierarchy file, and can be added to MusicBee so that MusicBee's Genre Categories matches these 'Enhanced Genres'.
Preferences > Tags (2) > Group genres > Categorise
Then paste the contents of the text file into the genre categorisation editor panel.(for this to work well, be sure your MB installation is patched to at least version 3.4.7770)For classical music aficionados with a black belt, using Picard and it's Classical Extras plugin
Besides for getting genre tags, you can also setup Classical Extras to write a tag for the period in which the piece was composed.
The Enhanced Genre Hierarchy is capable of making use of that too. The result can be like this:
To align the periods that the browser will read and the plugin will write, you will need to setup the 'Genre etc. > Periods' panel of the CE plugin like this:
Period › Medieval, 1150,1399; Period › Renaissance, 1400, 1599; Period › Baroque, 1600,1749; Period › Classical, 1750,1819; Period › Early Romantic, 1820,1849; Period › Late Romantic, 1850,1909; Period › Modern, 1910,1949; Period › Contemporary, 1950,2525
You will also need to use a script that writes and adds these period names to the regular 'genre' tag.
How to do that is beyond the scope of this thread.
– – – – – –NOTE:
This tag hierarchy feature is only available for MusicBee 3.4
If you are using an older version, please update.
– – – – – –Please also note:
This topic is about the 'Enhanced Genre Hierarchy list' I created to be optionally
used in MusicBee's Tag Hierarchy Explorer panel.
If you have questions or issues with MusicBee's Tag Hierarchy Explorer itself, please go here:https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=32556.0