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How are your CDs organised?

Discussion in 'classical' started by marshanp, May 15, 2020.

  1. marshanp

    marshanp ellipsis addict

    Mine, about 1200 of them, are in national (or in the case of German-speakers, linguistic) groupings... and within those by birthdate of composer... and within that by scale of music, so solo works to the left, progressing via songs, chamber music, concertos, symphonic works to the right.

    When we moved into our house one of the first things I did was to get some nice CD-depth shelves made and fitted in the alcoves to either side of the fireplace in the living room.

    German speakers, then English composers, have the alcove to the left. To the right, from the top, are Americans, Latin Americans, Russians, Scandinavians, Baltic bods, Czechs, Hungarians, other Slavs... then French, Spanish and smaller national schools such as Italians, Turks and Portuguese. Bloch is on his own because I can't decide where he fits. There is nearly half a shelf of New Zealand composers, who seem to congregate right at the end for their own reasons.

    I think they are happiest like this. I can't see Bach wanting to live next door to Bax, can you?

    Operas, not that I have many, are on their own shelf so that the singers, being mostly a chatty lot, can socialise when not performing. Recitals of English song (an enthusiasm) have their own place at the end of England.

    All other CDs with works by more than one composer were ripped and given to Oxfam some time ago! Non-classical stuff (a bit of jazz and klezmer) used to have its own shelf, but was all ripped when space became an issue (piles began to be a problem...).

    I can usually find a CD fairly quickly. Sometimes I struggle to remember, for example, whether Alwyn was born before or after Rubbra... (it was after). But then I learn something in finding the CD :)
  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Far too complex for me! Mine are in alphabetical order by composer and within that in descending scale of work (opera, symphony, chamber, solo). I file multi-composer box sets by artist, e.g. Quartetto Italiano box under ‘q’, the Du Pre box under ‘d’ etc. By saying that my classical box sets are a total mess at present, totally random depending where they fit on the shelf! I am badly out of CD storage space!
    George J likes this.
  3. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Alphabetical by composer, and roughly by type of work within that. But as everything is now ripped onto a Vortexbox, it doesn't really matter anymore. One day I'll clear the room of the CDs, but nowhere else for them to go at present.
  4. gingermrkettle

    gingermrkettle Deep vein trombonist

    You would have Bartok inbetween anyway.
  5. herb

    herb music live

    I have separate shelves for Coltrane, Birtwistle, Tippett, Davis, Westbrook and Mozart. The rest is just a scrambled mess, but I seem to remember where individual CDs are by intuition. Putting CDs back in the wrong place sometimes leads to frustration and even the re-buying of a 'lost' CD!
  6. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    My CD collection is an utter mess.:(
  7. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Not. Well sort of: classical, jazz, and the rest.
    Ditto records.
  8. wylton

    wylton pfm Member

    Once you have a database (I use Access), it's easy. Setting the db up may take a while, but then, adding individual tapes/LPs/CDs etc is really quick. Mine is alphabetical by artist or composer and then numeric by release date. I just put the stuff on the shelf in the order that the db says. The exception to that is 7"/12" singles; I have those in the order that I bought them, but the db tells me what box they are in. It makes everything easy to find and stops me from buying stuff I already have. I must admit, I get a kick out of the cataloguing too and I make use of Discogs for information about release date etc. The other thing is that if you have genres etc, then you can group things whatever way you like, with a couple of mouse clicks. I know this is ott for most people, but it works for me and you can put as much information on there as you want.
  9. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    I started rippings CDs. Need to do more. But I did buy a big set of plastic wallets for CDs. This allows me to extract the CD and paperwork and cover into the plastic wallet and get rid of the jewel case. It simply amazing how much space this releases. I reckon all 4 CD drawers will crunch down into less than 1. Although the end game is to archive these plastic-walleted CDs into a sealed box in the attic. Vastly reduced weight too.

    What do I do with a tall stack of empty jewel cases?
  10. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    I didn't realise just how well-organised you are when I came round Nick. That's impressive, as are the markings of IIRC what you have ripped to digital. The shelves look lovely too - I had that calm feeling about the room, like I was in a library.

    Classical music is something I'm enjoying more the older I get, but I am still a mere infant when it comes to classifying works and, well, everything beyond being able to differentiate an opera from deep house. So in my meagre collection organisation is by composer only, and probably wrong at that.
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  11. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’d only put stuff you think has zero value into that sort of wallet. Certain CDs are becoming very collectable, especially early Japanese and West German pressings, but many more too. Personally I view the wallet things as a disaster, but I’m a record dealer, and in many cases wouldn’t even take collections so stored free as a donation (depends on content)!
  12. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Good job then that I am almost certain I have no CDs of any specialist value!
  13. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I bet I’d find some!
  14. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    They're not organised at all, spread out over 3 different rooms, this is due to not having one storage unit or shelves big enough to house them all. I'm hesitant to buy or build any shelving as I'd like to move from this house.
    When they were all together I always kept them in alphabetical and chronological order.
  15. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Purely on damage limitation grounds, if any of the plastic wallets are PVC, they will leach plasticiser and if stacked tight, might even stick to the CD.
    Poly-ethylene, polyester or poly-propylene would be OK as they are unplasticised and just become brittle with age, eventually.

    I like the idea, but there is no spine to be able to read what is in the wallet/sleeve.

    Alphabetical here, to my own rules (I ignore "A" and "The" at the start of an artiste's name (except The The) and go from there). Done that way, I've very large numbers beginning with "C", CDs and LPs.
  16. Todd A

    Todd A pfm Member

    I ripped my physical media collection (~9000 discs at the time) in 2017. I rip all news CDs immediately upon purchase. All rips, or downloads, are stored in triplicate on three HDDs. Recordings are stored alphabetically by composer (meaning the composer I bought the disc for if there are multiple composers), then by genre - piano sonata, string quartet, etc - then by performing artist(s). Compilations are stored in a separate compilations folder, and special/favorite artists are also stored in another folder. CDs are then stored in boxes in dark, dank places.
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  17. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    I’ve sorted my dvd collection into a sleeved case. I’ll be doing the same with my cds and will be doing it as Tony has.
  18. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    In their cases boxed in the loft.
  19. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    In iTunes, which blessedly still works in Mac OS Catalina.

    In the days before iTunes I used alphabetic composer ordering [with a few artist exceptions like Tony], and within composer, first, orchestral [symphonies followed by concertos], piano solo, other chamber music, then choral/operatic, and ending with solo songs ... I still have the CDs ripped iTunes, obviously, for copyright reasons, so I hardly bother with back-ups. [There is nothing lost if I clean reloaded my MAC. I did happen once about two years ago].

    Very simple. iTunes is better though [compared to CDs on a bookshelf]. In list format I order by artist, and use the search engine to find music by work catalogue number usually. I have a filing cabinet for a memory and can give the opus/catalogue number for most of the classical repertoire that I am acquainted with.

    Best wishes from George
  20. FrankF

    FrankF pfm Member

    Organised? What is this word "organised" of which you nice people speak? I have never heard this word. What does it mean? Oh wait - does it mean having my LPs on separate shelving than my CDs? If so, then I am one organised little puppy.

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