Will you listen to your whole collection?

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  1. shipsupt

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    It's an interesting, and sobering, thought for sure.

    I don't acquire new music at quite that rate anymore, though I do try to cover as much new ground as possible while still succumbing to the lure of my favorites. I look at that a bit like travel ... I want to sample as many cultures as possible before I pop my clogs. Same with music. Provided it's all one-or-more-of enjoyable, interesting, educational, thought provoking or emotional, it's all good.

    I try to do one new artist or album a day.

    But even with my current library, at 12,000 LPs, acquired over many years, and a similar catalog of digital music (albeit with high degree of overlap) I've listened to them all. So far. But if I intended to do so again ... it would take 6 solid years at 4 hours of listening every-day ...
     
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    The alternative side...I used to have a few hundred records, but moving to Japan and back and then east to west coast and back made me contemplate which records I actually listen to. I ended up giving over half of them away to friends and colleagues. I think it was a good choice to let others actually play and enjoy them as opposed to "collecting them".
     
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    I've done the same, moving to digital for "completeness" of my library and narrowing my vinyl down to favorites on good vinyl and in good condition.
     
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    My entire digital library says 190.2 days... assuming duplicates and stuff that's just there for collection sake, let's say 150 days for a nice round number. That's 3600 hours. At 4 hours a day... ok that's over three years for me. :eek:
     
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    I listen to every CD I buy. Shrug.
     
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    Hello. My name is Sixx and I'm a Man With No Life.

    7K albums plus and counting. As they say..."One album at a time".
     
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    You and @Torq have impressive collections! You know what they say about people with huge vinyl collections...I think something involving direct correlations ;)
     
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    Well-writen article - " drizzled with a Joseph Goebbels reduction." That's a good one.

    I've got a lot of stuff I have not listened to so it's wonderful when an album gets its turn at bat after being on the bench for a couple of years or more.
     
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    A lot of mine came from buying "lots" of LPs at estate sales. Most of what I bought that way got tossed/sold due to being duplicates or in sufficiently poor condition it wasn't worth keeping, but it still meant comparatively rapid acquisition.

    I still haven't moved my collection form the US to the UK (that's in progress, but far from done) and it will definitely get trimmed down substantially as we're planning on living in at least three other countries in the next 10 years and it's too much to move/store anymore.
     
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    I'm currently in maintenance mode, trying to centralise pristine lossless copies of things on sensible network storage, so I am re-discovering things that I'd forgotten I'd even owned. It's awesome, like Christmas but without the angst. Having it all in one place a couple of clicks away in JRiver is going to be be the height of luxury.

    All this fancy gear is as nothing without the music- it's nice to remember that it's the point.
     
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    You know what they say about people with huge vinyl collections... They have big shelves!

    Damn, Henry Rollins is after my test pressings! I have the same obsession, though I don't lust after punk. I'm sure our music tastes intersect somewhat though, and thankfully he's not in town that often, but still. Promos are fairly common in L.A., specially for issues up to the mid eighties for vinyl, so pickings haven't been that lean in most genres. Thanks for posting that, @shipsupt !

    And Henry Rollins writes of Kellyanne Conway "When she speaks, the face of truth freezes into an Edvard Munchian scream and goes offline. " Now that I think about it, her face is also somewhat similarly shaped.
     
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    I will likely never listen to all of my digital collection. I play every new vinyl record I get before putting it into my library, and my collection isn't massive, so that will be a yes.
     
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    I recently listened to my entire digital collection in approximate alphabetical order by loading chunks of it onto my DAP and listening on the train on the way to and from work. Took me about 3 years. Along the way I ended up discovering a whole bunch of stuff I really liked and had never heard before, and also deleting quite a lot of stuff that I didn't really know why I had.
     
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    This evening, I rediscovered that I own an album called "Throbbing Disco Cat", which has a crudely-drawn anime figure with enormous breasts on the cover. I have no idea what it sounds like, but I faintly recall taking a punt due to the title making me laugh. I have some faint memory of Japanese techno. Rediscovering why you kept something can be fun, too.
     
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    @Merrick, I followed your discogs link and holy smokes that is a crazy high quality collection!

    It really appreciate that @shipsupt posted this thought-provoking thread. I saw the documentary Minimalism on Netflix and immediately thought about my cd and record collections and my gear churn over the last year.
     
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    I currently have under 1500 tracks in my digital library. I don't buy something unless I really like it and can listen to it on endless repeat.
     
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    Thanks! I try not to buy something unless I know I will listen to it multiple times. The big exception to that rule is I will often buy jazz records that look intriguing, even if I haven't heard them before.
     
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    I'm acquiring records faster than I can listen to them, but I hope I listen and be enriched by every single one. Make the connection to the music that's there. I'm over halfway through and I can say I've been pretty successful, but it's a daunting challenge.
     
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    I have ≈ 680 albums in my master collection, of which ≈ 350 are in my regular cyclic cue.
    It takes me ≈ 3 weeks to cycle thru these selected albums.

    New material can either stay in the master collection, get rotated into the cyclic cue, or be moved off into a secondary collection of music that has little attraction.

    JJ
     
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