Hingehead's music collection

Reply Fri 15 Aug, 2008 12:03 am
I got three years on you. The first top 40 track I got right into was '48 Crash' by Suzi Quatro.

Don't worry about the 10 years. The music waits for you. I still find stuff from previous decades that is fabulous that I've never heard of.
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Reply Wed 19 Nov, 2008 09:17 pm
Just noticed that the song count in my digital library is periously close to 60,000, which in effect means only half of the stuff is 'properly' catalogued, but with WMP I can at least search for string data in the metatags.

I've been doing fair bit of downloading of music I own in vinyl to save myself the hassle of ripping it, and I don't feel guilty about the legality.

Here's the tracks I have that were charting in Australia in Spring 1961:

Big bad John - Jimmy Dean
Candy man - Roy Orbison
Crying - Roy Orbison
His latest flame - Elvis Presley
Hit the road Jack - Ray Charles
Hollywood - Connie Francis
Kon-Tiki - The Shadows
Lil' ole me - Warren Carr
Pretty little angel eyes - Curtis Lee
Runaround Sue - - Dion
So long baby - Del Shannon
Take five - Dave Brubeck
Take good care of my baby - Bobby Vee
Theme from "Come September" - Bobby Darin
You must have been a beautiful baby - Bobby Darin
Reply Thu 20 Nov, 2008 08:38 pm
my digital library is periously close to 60,000, which in effect means only half of the stuff is 'properly' catalogued

Damned disgusting, I tell you! And you a library type, too!
Reply Tue 9 Dec, 2008 09:46 pm
Well, you know libraries are always under resourced.
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Reply Tue 9 Dec, 2008 09:54 pm
As of today the most popular song length is 3'40'' (160 songs)

The shortest is 3 seconds (I have two!):
Tram14 - Popcrash
First inaugural address to the I.A.C.E. Sherborne House - Robert Fripp

the longest is 2 hours 20 minutes and 20 seconds (an Armand Van Buren Mix)

The longest non-mix is

Bow to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva 50'07" 1996 Jin Long Uen

Instruments - Two-string/Flute/Cuu-Jeng/Wooden clappers/Ching (Single sonorous stone)
Buddhism Satisfactory and Comfortable Team - Recording operators/Chansonnier
Jau Yang You - Remix
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2009 07:46 am
I hadn't mentioned the trivia component of my database before, but I was poring over Top 40 charts and discovered something that I've just added to it.

Did you know that not one song from The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band made the top 40 in Australia, the USA or the UK?

Does that make it a flop?
Reply Sun 2 Aug, 2009 09:23 pm
Gah, just did a reindex of the digital library and there are 106,890 tracks now, of which 36,361 are catalogued - where did they all come from?
Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 03:14 pm
Dateline 20080319 - the the collection contained 32,683 separate tracks.

Dateline 20110620 - the collection contained 43,992 separate tracks.
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Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 03:32 pm
Dateline 20080325 - The most common song titles are:

Home 11 different songs with this title
Heaven 10 different songs with this title
Stay 10 different songs with this title
You 8 different songs with this title
Angel 8 different songs with this title
Surrender 8 different songs with this title

Dateline 20110620 - The most common song titles are:

Home 16
Stay 15
Tomorrow 12
Heaven 12
Hold on 12
Without you 11
Angel 11
Goodbye 11
Rain 11
Time 10
You 10
Runaway 10
Heartbeat 10
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Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 06:12 pm
Dateline 20080325 - the most covered song is Summertime (Gershwin/Heyward) covered by:

Tori Amos
Sidney Bechet
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Art Blakey Quartet
John Coltrane
Sam Cooke
Miles Davis
Fun Boy Three
Shelly Manne and his Men
Billy Stewart
Sarah Vaughan
Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
The Zombies

Dateline 20110620 - Summertime is still the most covered song, with two new versions added by:
Billie Holiday
Duke Jordan
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Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 06:18 pm
The years with the most recordings in each decade, first time I did this in brackets and now, are:

Year (20080326) 20110620
2005 (677) 1119
1991 (879) 1090
1983 (886) Overtaken by 1980 with 1094
1979 (1034) 1264
1967 (498) overtaken by 1969 with 624
1959 (275) 309
1942 (39) 63
1939 (35) 40
1929 (25) 25
1918 (1)
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Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 06:37 pm
Now 155576 songs of which 44006 are catalogued.
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Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 07:56 pm
I didn't know that and can hardly believe it. I mean, I believe you, but I find that so surprising.

Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 08:12 pm
I think it's partly because they churned out so much stuff and both Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane were recorded during the same period they were recording Pepper, but only released as singles, in fact wikipedia says that 'When I'm sixty four was meant to be the b-side of one of those tracks' and if it had been it wouldn't be on the album because of the then common practice of not doubling up tracks on singles and albums.
Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 08:29 pm
Yeah, I guess that makes sense. I guess. Still surprised. Would have bet otherwise until today.
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Reply Sun 24 Nov, 2013 07:03 pm
Well this year's project has been ripping vinyl and adding the collection to http://discogs.com/

Only down to the E's ripping wise (and adding to discogs as I go)

You can see the collection http://www.discogs.com/user/Hingehead/collection

Depressing to see that just 699 added to discogs, woefully short of the 3726 LP,Singles,CDs, EPs and file sets I've catalogued so far (and the further 20,000+ still waiting to be catalogued).

Finding WMP to be a bit of a pain with large libraries. Indexing is really variable. Also finding that that a few metadata quirks introduced by various ripping tools (not to mention all the standards; how many flavors of ID3 does there need to be?) mean that often WMP just can't pull title/artist out - just file name (does the same with FLAC files)

Anyway this update is brought to because of this quirky database fact

I have two completely different songs titled Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?

Both are 3'34" long

One by Bob Dylan and one by Transvision Vamp (I was about to delete one as a duplicate - lucky I listened first....)

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Reply Tue 28 Aug, 2018 05:57 pm
Haven't been here for a while!

I still use my Access DB for the physical disc collection - but have switched to Discogs to cope with the volume of downloads.

7303 individual recordings (still have a way to go in getting them on there, but I'm down to the S's in my downloads). And there's a lot I've downloaded that just isn't on Discogs (or wasn't a the time I tried to add it - so this will be a recursive process until I die).

Have ripped most of my vinyl - but it got iffy because of the flood in 2015.

I'm still using Windows Media Player (has the best search options).
Reply Wed 29 Aug, 2018 12:47 am
Based on your original post years ago, you had over 81 days of music, if you listened 24 hours a day. So am I correct in thinking you have many songs you have listened to only once or twice?

Reply Wed 29 Aug, 2018 01:05 am
Got any biscuit?

Reply Wed 29 Aug, 2018 05:49 am
It's worse than that - I have stuff I have never listened to - and stuff I've listened to hundreds of times.

Been avidly collecting music for 44 years (!) - but the explosion has only happened in the last 13 years (thanks interwebs) - up to that point I would listen to everything I'd acquire at least once.

Now it's not feasible - fortunately I've done the random selection thing for so long it's second nature. Although I do rate and metatag stuff so I can easily do random playlists with certain moods, genres and ratings (or chart positions, time periods, song lengths, geographic origin of artist).

Currently it's 586 days of continuous play. My slow cataloguing is overwhelmed by my fast downloading - also I do have a little bit of duplication that I weed out slowly. My first Bowie album was Changes One (greatest hits 1976) - didn't take long before I had all the albums so that the only track on it I didn't have elsewhere was John I'm Only Dancing.

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