RDA has always allowed use of “another concise term” (RDA I.1) as a relationship designator if there is no sufficiently specific term on the included lists, but I’m pleased to see so many new ones being added to that official list. For example, this month:
Relationship Designators for Creators
remix artist – A person, family, or corporate body responsible for creating an audio work by manipulating, recombining, mixing, and reproducing previously recorded sounds. Remixing activities that do not substantially change the nature and content of the original work, and mixing recorded tracks together to appear as one continuous track are excluded. See also DJ; mixing engineer.
Relationship Designators for Contributors
DJ – A person, family, or corporate body who mixes recorded tracks together during a live performance or in a recording studio to appear as one continuous track. Remixing activities that substantially change the nature and content of the original work, resulting in a new work, and mixing and assembling the multiple tracks of a recording are excluded. See also mixing engineer, remix artist.
dubbing director – A person, family, or corporate body responsible for the general management and supervision of the process of adding new dialogue or other sounds to complete the sound track for an expression.
music programmer – A person, family, or corporate body contributing to an expression of a musical work by using electronic audio devices and/or computer software to generate sounds. The creation of a new musical work is excluded. See also composer.
Nerve : how a small Kentucky town led the fight to safely dismantle the world’s chemical weapons / a film by Ben Evans & the Kentucky Environmental foundation ; with music by Ben Sollee. (OCLC #937869675)
Which relationship designator should be used for the composer/performer of original music for a film, so often expressed in the credits as “music by”? I included that version in the Creation/Production Credits Note:
508 00 ǂa Directed and produced by Ben Evans; music by Ben Sollee.
But am a little bit nervous about my relationship designators for the authorized access point:
RDA I.3.1 defines composer (expression) as “A person … contributing to an expression by adding music to a work that originally lacked it, by composing new music to substitute for the original music, or by composing new music to supplement the existing music.” which seems accurate, but a bit off. Similar designators seem to refer specifically to musical works.
South Union Shaker Village / photographs and text by David Toczko ; foreword by the Sabbathday Lake Shakers. (OCLC #875257539)
At a recent conference, I went to a cataloging “Ask the Experts” panel, and shared my grumpiness about RDA’s lack of “writer of foreword” relationship designator. They pointed me toward the general instruction which says “If none of the terms listed in this appendix is appropriate or sufficiently specific, use another concise term to indicate the nature of the relationship.”
So what do you think? Is it reasonable to just use “writer of foreword” (as I’ve done on this record) or is this a slippery slope?