music recommendations

music i recommended is not from a pop/rock music collection. it is more about general rhythm, texture and synthesizers and less guitar and singing. ~10000 albums in the collection, and it took decades to find the things i like, yet frequently it already existed for decades before when i discover it. i know how subjective interests are and how everyone has a list of favorites tailored to them, nonetheless i hope someones tastes overlap enough that this can be a useful list for finding unusual music and make better buying decisions.

difficulties with finding music:

  • overwhelmingly large number of existing material
  • hard to judge beforehand without listening to it thoroughly in high quality in the right mood. buying is a lottery
  • very expensive. 10000 albums at $10 take $100000. this is without calculating in the time-cost required for searching; where pop music fans will always have the edge
  • experimental music labels limit copies to small numbers, making unusual music even rarer
  • compact discs need physical space, need to be shipped as well as copied to digital devices
  • streaming is fully dependent on ongoing payments, and content can be, and is, removed at a whim. latency and network issues always occur. sound quality of drm-laden streaming is sub-par even from hd offers. only a small part of the worlds music is available. one big flaw of streaming is that while cds can be sold by anyone, only those who have current contracts with copyright holders are allowed to stream. contracts are temporary, depend on copyright holders to be available to make such contracts, and tend to be exclusive to certain companies. this not only fragments available music over multiple streaming services, it also leads to material being excluded from many regions because licenses tend to be sold per region and streaming providers then only buy licenses for selected regions


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music listing 4

  • 1 top 10%, standout experiences
  • 2 repeatedly listenable
  • 3 with potential, unevaluated or limited listenability

there are always entries that have an unfitting rating

album of the year

based on personal emotional connection, new discoveries and summarising the year

examples of where to get music in 2020

  • wav files on bandcamp.com (wav sometimes has better quality than the flac files, 32f/24s format or 48khz rate. for example "猫 シ corp. - palm mall". ive come to think that wav sounds almost always better, it seems to sound cleaner in general)
  • wav/flac files on 7digital
  • cds on ebay
  • cds on discogs.com marketplace
  • streaming on tidal. note that spotify has far less than cd quality to this date (2020). none of the hd streaming services i tried did sound as good as playing local files. playback even seemed unstable, at least that is how i would subscribe the effect (damped/discontinous/uneven-flow), through drm and browser

ways to find new artists

  • if you have a bandcamp collection: following -> fans to follow
  • bandcamp tags. most buyed albums are highlighted there
  • bandcamp recommendations-link on the right of some artist pages
  • discogs recommendations on detail pages