Friday, June 25, 2010
My massive CD library
With classical music, I prefer having only one or two new albums at a time. I can't audition & blow through them like pop & rock. I investigate & choose.
The black case in the middle is Russian & Eastern European. Below in a crate is British, on the bottom some miscellaneous. On the right are Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Handel, baroque, early music, & the bottom row is vocal music, some opera, art song, choral, & the books. On the left there's some jazz, American - much Charles Ives, compilations, a few soundtracks, German & Viennese from Brahms on, French, a couple of Japanese composers, & a small selection of pop & rock.
Older avant garde & experimental records are easy to find for free ripped to mp3 (or FLAC) if you're not looking for anything in particular. Most of it was released on now-defunct labels, & there's music blogs devoted to it. More difficult if you want something specific in classical, & to obtain it legally, although I don't see much difference between buying an in-print CD used & cheap, or downloading an file for free. A friend noted you're not helping the American auto worker by buying a used Ford; you might be doing your local repair shop a big favor. So when I wanted a top quality recording of Janacek's two masterpiece string quartets, I put several on my Amazon wish list & waited, & within a week one showed up for $1.99. I also fancied exploring some unfamiliar woodwind quintet music & found a highly praised CD of Scandinavian works for one cent, the bookstore made about buck profit on $2.98 shipping.
Comments:"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson
I ripped my CD collection - and a handful of vinyl - to iTunes several years ago. It probably took 12 months to do, as I'd pop a CD in my Mac, set it to convert the songs to MP3s and then forget about it for a day or two.
I have many boxes of records stored in the closet, & many of those I kept for only a couple of cuts. Most of the classical music I get on CD isn't available as download, & buying a used or cutout CD is cheaper anyway.Post a Comment