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Noticed a few comments about organising physical music collections in the Vinyl thread, where some people had shared a profile link to Discogs. Wanted to find out how everybody likes to organise their music, separate to the vinyl chat, and also see how people like to use Discogs. Personally, I have all my Vinyl listed on there now, but I need to sort through it and slim it down a bit. The vinyl itself is organised A-Z by artist. I used to try and organise by genre but there were always records that just didn't fit in. I'm not a DJ so I just need to be able to find something easily when I want to listen to it. The advantage of having everything on Discogs is that you can browse your collection and remind yourself of things you may have forgotten without having to be with your vinyl collection.

 

As for CDs, all my favourites have been listed and I am having a big cull of CDs I've had for years but never got into - currently have about 600 for sale with plenty more to list. Once they are all listed for sale I will go back through my favourites and see if that group can be slimmed down a bit too. CDs are currently unorganised and just stored in banana boxes under the bed! I also try and keep a tab on my digital library, because I find it useful to view an artists discography page and see which releases I have, be it vinyl, cd or digital. 

 

Here's my profile https://www.discogs.com/user/acidbearboy

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Gonna cross post here: 

  

On 21/06/2019 at 22:32, cubik said:

I really need to organise my vinyl collection.

 

On 11/01/2020 at 17:19, cubik said:

I also plan to organise them properly

 

:sherlock:

 

I’ve managed to organise my records without really thinking about it too much. Mostly by genre, although a good chunk of the weirder stuff (krautrock, synth stuff, Indian classical, African stuff, weird rock, spiritual jazz and fusion) all gets intentionally mixed up and rotated. For the proper mixing records it’s all just straight genre, with sort of hot spots in those sections where the really good stuff lives, and that’s rotated a good bit as well. Genres that go together are close as well so the dubstep is next to the garage, which is near the uk funky and post dubstep stuff, then the jungle is next to the DnB and the breakbeat hardcore is right in the middle of all of it. Seperate sections for 10” presses of jungle/dnb and dubstep/post dubstep. There’s a footwork section but I play all that with Serato now, it’s 99% digital only as a genre. 
 

Other sections then just live on their own like techno, reggae, jazz, hip hop and indie and electronica records from the 90s. 
 

I know vaguely where any record I might be looking for should be located. The good things about organising fairly loosely and rotating bits is it’s fairly quick and easy to put records back, and you keep finding things you’ve forgotten about. The thought of having to find the exact place for every record I have to put back terrifies me, so they’re never going into alphabetical or release order or anything like that. 

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As for discogs, I have way, way too many worthless records to bother putting them all on, but I’ve been doing a bit here and there in the last while for some of the stuff I have that’s worth a bit, stuff I look up and stuff I buy on there:

 

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And for good measure, here’s a pic of the main chunk of the collection (there’s another 8 box shelf in the sitting room). About 20% of these belong to the missus and I haven’t a clue how she has them organised. We’ve also put up another 4 box kallax shelf on the right now, got some of the floor cleared. I need to sell a lot of what’s on the floor but I’ve been very lazy about it.


 

 

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E:\My Documents\Music\_Music Library\Artist\Album\%tracknumber% - %title%.mp3 :P

 

Spoiler

Ripped CDs are on shelves, in cupboards, or in old shoe boxes.

 

Vinyl? What vinyl?

 

I've never used Discogs, but I do use Rateyourmusic to track my collection and wishlist. I use it to tag all albums I listen to in full, regardless of ownership, with "heard", "1st heard in [year]", and the source ("spotify", "youtube" and - in the past - "library loan").

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My records are in no real order. Any new stuff just goes where the next shelf space is. I really like just pulling a record out at random to see what I find. Same for my remaining cd’s. I have two big boxes of tapes which also aren’t in any sort of order :)

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The Discogs barcode scanner was a great help in cataloging my collection, but I have fallen way off track and haven’t done it for ages now. There must be hundreds of records I haven’t got round to adding, but then maybe a vein of five or so within them that I did add which causes me more anxiety than it should.

 

I decided long ago that grouping my physical collection by genre would be impossible and I’d fall down a hole of so many odd sub-genres it would again be a needless source of stress. They tend to live in chunks of where I got them, so there’s a big wedge from various trips away or days schlepping around Hackney.
 

Something may have to give at some point as I’m buying lots of stuff I forget about and find months later. Worse still is when I track down a record I like then realise the link is purple on Discogs because I’ve already got it. How people like Mr Scruff DJ Food cope is beyond me. I think Gilles Peterson actually employs someone to organise his house now it’s so vast. I have a feeling I’ll be one of those hermits who is discovered years after their death having been crushed and obscured by ragga jungle 12”s.

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31 minutes ago, Art Vandelay said:

I decided long ago that grouping my physical collection by genre would be impossible and I’d fall down a hole of so many odd sub-genres it would again be a needless source of stress.

 

I think this is very wise. I used to work in a record shop.. The arguments we had over genres :lol:

 

My records are all on Discogs and arranged alphabetically with compilations at the end but some 12"s that are 'of a kind' (Chain Reaction, Basic Channel, Red Planet, Underground Resistance etc.) are grouped together under the label name.

 

The main thing I worry about with my stuff is insurance since my records are pretty much my savings and I know I'd get fuck all back for them if the house burned down. I've looked into specialist insurance before and always been like 'Eh, can't afford a couple of hundred quid a year on that'. Stupid really.

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That was one of the reasons I started cataloging them, truth be told. I was curious to see how much they should be insured for (and obviously having a list that includes when you added item to your collection should win favour with the insurance company should you ever have to make a claim). 

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3 hours ago, Nick R said:

E:\My Documents\Music\_Music Library\Artist\Album\%tracknumber% - %title%.mp3 :P

 

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Ripped CDs are on shelves, in cupboards, or in old shoe boxes.

 

Vinyl? What vinyl?

 

I've never used Discogs, but I do use Rateyourmusic to track my collection and wishlist. I use it to tag all albums I listen to in full, regardless of ownership, with "heard", "1st heard in [year]", and the source ("spotify", "youtube" and - in the past - "library loan").

Got a link to your profile? Sounds like it could also be helpful. 

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Made a start today to physically sort my records. I've got two distinct collections:

 

Old stuff (original purchases from my formative years, plus a big chunk of second hand bought more recently via discogs to replace old discs or releases I missed first time round)

New stuff (bought in the last five years)

 

I don't want to mix the two sections on my shelves as a lot of the old stuff shows its age and it seems a shame to put nice new releases against manky old 12"s.

 

I added pretty much everything to discogs and categorised each one via discogs folders called "new" and "old" to help in sorting them in more detail.

I exported it all as a spreadsheet and then added genres to sort by as discogs export doesn't include genre info for some reason.

 

I kept the genre choices fairly small as it's too easy to go down the many variations on house/techno/electro/trance that exist these days so it's pretty simple. I did have some minor subcategories for specific labels or series releases.

 

1) Chart/pop/rock

2) Hip Hop

3) Electronic/dance/a million and one sub-genres

3a) CPU Records

3b) De:Tuned (DE:10:0x series)

3c) Phuture (35-00x series)

4) Soundtrack

 

So far I've re-arranged all my new stuff, within the categories the sorting is alphabetical by artist, then each artist's releases by release date.

 

I've got a lot of stuff by Depeche Mode so they get kept separate from chart/pop/rock or electronic. Again, sorted by 12" in release order then albums in release order.

 

Still got to do the old stuff, that'll take some time....

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 24/01/2020 at 10:41, Don Rosco said:

As for discogs, I have way, way too many worthless records to bother putting them all on, but I’ve been doing a bit here and there in the last while for some of the stuff I have that’s worth a bit, stuff I look up and stuff I buy on there:

 

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A median value of 3.5k for 125 records is a pretty damn fine ratio.

 

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