Thursday, September 3, 2009

Too much music...

Keith Jopling over at Juggernaut Brew has a recent post about managing large and ever-growing music collections. He accurately describes the oversupply problem, and then he presents a prioritized five-category approach:
  • The back catalogues of my recently discovered favourites.
  • Play all the classics at least once a year.
  • Listen to more music that’s ‘different’.
  • Give the old masters more time.
  • New stuff when the hype has settled.
  • I found this list gratifying because it's fairly close to my current practice, although it's hard to quantify what's sufficiently 'different'. Jopling mentions boutique labels to explore such as Nonesuch, Real World and ECM. That's all very nice, but at least around here some music is too different to be under consideration, even for one listening.

    I've written before about using playlists to manage new music, but it's always interesting to see how other people approach this problem.

    3 comments:

    upkerry14 said...

    "That's all very nice, but at least around here some music is too different to be under consideration, even for one listening."


    What do you mean by "too different"?
    If you're referring to "modern" classical music it shouldn't be viewed as medicine. If you don't like it don't listen to it, no? There's plenty by the "Masters" that I can't stomach anymore.

    I listen to most of my music via headphones in a FLAC/APE capable player (Cowon D2+) and mix it up with music from all periods. Nothing like jumping from Bach to Rota to wake you up!

    It is true we have access to way too much music. The only solution is to enjoy what you listen to and the amount is irrelevant I think.

    Caleb Deupree said...

    My idea of "too different" crosses into the hip-hop and speed metal categories. Although I may not have time to listen to all the classical music I want, new composers generally get at least one listen.

    DaveX said...

    I like to keep it organic. If the cover sparks my interest, or if there's someone I like in a project, I'll just toss it in the general mix of my day. If that means listening to one album on repeat for a week, I'm all for it.