KES Transactions on Innovation in Music

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 1 No. 1 Special Edition - Innovation in Music 2013
Article TitleEmbedding ISRC Identifiers in Broadcast Wave Audio Files
Primary AuthorRob Toulson, Anglia Ruskin University
Other Author(s) Barry Grint; Ray Staff
Pages 213 - 223
Article ID im13bk-019
Publication Date 17-May-15
AbstractEmbedding ISRC Identifiers in Broadcast Wave Audio Files

Rob Toulson1, Barry Grint2, and Ray Staff3 1 Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, CB1 1PT, UK

2 Alchemy Mastering, London, W6 7PA, UK

3 Air Studios, London, NW3 5NG, UK


A recent initiative by the UK Music Producers Guild and the European Broadcasting Union is to utilize the Broadcast Wave (BWF) file format for commercial music releases, allowing the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) to be embedded within the file. At present, unlike with compact disc releases, it is not possible to embed the ISRC in a standard Wave or data compressed file. This paper gives a discussion of the opportunities brought by embedding the ISRC in digital audio files. Examples of BWF metadata are shown along with a discussion of the correct use of ISRCs in music production and audio mastering, as well as a look at relevant requirements of emerging music sales and delivery formats.

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