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Cassette cover art

A few years ago I wrote that I had successfully digitised my precious collection of music tapes. The same announcement also mentioned a collection of ready-to-use pictures to use for cover art. Well, my stash of envelopes full of small pictures turned up again a few days ago. So I emptied out their contents over the scanner. Continue reading

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A thousand contributions

Last night I made my 1000th contribution to the Discogs database. It’s a landmark achievement. One thousand new audio entries. It’s also baffling why it took almost 12 years to get to this stage. Continue reading

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The Archivist’s Dilemma

I am a collector because I collect a particular kind of cassette. I am an archivist because I disseminate and publish facts and data which future generations might find useful. The (meta)data ends up in a database called Discogs. Scans end up in my personal stash, and the cassettes end up in the trash. Nobody wants those, they’re just plastic matter. But what of the audio on those tapes, the gist of it all? Let corporate greed ensure that the majority of “European” recordings will survive for future generations to gush over. Continue reading

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My Ravaged Ears: The Sequel

For me, personally, digging through and cataloguing second-hand recordings is an immensely gratifying task, and there must be scores of such treasures that, during their glory days, were proudly displayed in tape cabinets or fancy shelves. Today, these remnants are hidden away in the back of a drawer, stuck in a box under the bed or simply gather dust in the basement. Continue reading

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Cassette Project #1: A Reprise

Two years ago I wrote about how my tape collection had, as part of the process of elimination and digitization, actually ballooned to more than tenfold its original size. Wheat and bran had been separated from the chaff — although no negligible amount of the former has been dropped off on my desk since then. I’ve begun entering that serendipitous stockpile of cassettes into the database. Continue reading

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The fine art of photoshopping

As an unwritten rule, netlabel archives/releases would — over and above the audio files — sometimes include a playlist, typically some so-called cover art, and occasionally even miscellaneous documentation and articles about the artist or album, or scans of newspaper cuttings. Zoe.LeelA’s “Queendom Come“, for instance, went all out and included PDF documents and an extensive set of high-res, print-quality press kit photos. Photoshop sure does more wonders to your complexion than any amount of L’Oreal. Continue reading

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Music Browser Wars

Like most connected people in the 21st century, I’ve accumulated a plentitude of MP3 audio/music files. Digital media has arrived, and I suppose it’s here to stay for a while. But how does one effectively maintain a growing collection of MP3 files, one that, as the owner’s tastes and interests change, becomes increasingly unclear and unwieldy? How does one keep track of everything? Continue reading

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Five years and good dope

Five years of deciphering cryptic codes and punctuation and matrix codes on CDs and tapes and records and figuring out and defining relationships between this label and that licensee, this company and that pressing plant, or this band and its members who don’t wish to be associated with the band anymore. Sometimes we get even met with thanks and tokens of appreciation. Continue reading

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