my collection is not a pop/rock music collection. it is more about general rhythm, texture and synthesizers and rarely guitar and singing. ~10000 albums 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 so that the lists can be useful for finding unusual music and make better buying decisions.


music listing 1

music listing 2

music listing 3

music listing 4

  • 1 top 10%, standout experiences. if one buys an album from this list, they should get something really special for their money; although this is probably too hard to guarantee
  • 2 repeatedly listenable
  • 3 with potential, unevaluated or limited listenability

there are always entries that have an unfitting rating.

albums by bvdub ranked

difficulties with finding music

  • overwhelmingly large amount 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. another big flaw of streaming is that while cds can be sold by anyone, streaming can only be offered by those who have temporary, costly licensing contracts with the copyright holders. it additionally depends on copyright holders to be available to make such contracts, and tend to be given out exclusive to companies. this not only fragments available music over different 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 a small selection of most profitable regions

where to get music in 2020

  • wav files on bandcamp.com (wav can have better quality than flac files, by supporting other sample formats including float and 48khz rate. for example "猫 シ corp. - palm mall". wav seems to always sound better)
  • 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

personal song that summarises the year

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