- Dutchess County, NY
- Joined on December 1, 2010
STEVE ROACH: Dreaming, Now... Then
Tod Dockstader: Aerial 2
Quatuor Ebene / Mozart: Dissonances
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They call me "Fritz" because that's the name I use on YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo and a few other such things. My ancestry is mostly German, but I'm an American-born citizen who can speak English and trying to know more German. That's why I thought I would use that German name for my ID. I'm just being a little cautious about giving out my real name and stuff.
Since this is Discogs, maybe I'll talk about the music I listen to. I could remember back in around 1980 when I could appreciate listening to music in Hi-Fi Stereo (which must've been the beginning of being an audiophile). Classical cassette tapes were the first store purchases I made, as well as Electronic Music. I do get vinyl (and styrene) records at flea markets and such places. When the CD's first came on the scene, I knew it would be the ultimate format. We thought that digital recordings would be the thing to get on CD's. Although, as I've learned a few years later, vinyl records have some advantages over CDs and analog recordings have their advantages, too. I sorta thought of that when I listened to analog and digital recordings on CD's, cassettes and vinyl records. Recordings on CD can still sound very darn good, especially when the remastering is done right. As for vinyl, I could listen to music on that format, too.
I can recognize a classical (and sometimes non-classical) piece when I hear one. For instance, there's classical music in a video game Crystal Castles and I know them all.
Besides classical, I'm also into Doo-Wop to the '80s. To me, most of today's pop music is nothing special, although there are exceptions to some more recent pop and techno/dance/trance. Oh yes, I've recently discovered post rock, especially the more ambient-like stuff.
I'm also into Electronic Music. It started out when my dad got a few records that features the MOOG synthesizer. Not that he was into it but, you know, it was a curiosity about how it sounded like. That was interesting. Some years later, I would get into Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Synergy, Tomita, Wendy Carlos, etc. I'm also into the experimental avant-garde electronic music, both old and new.
Nothing beats the physical media. I have a lot of CD's, vinyl records and some cassette tapes. But not as much as those who would collect a heck-of-a-lot. Such collectors got more than I would ever need! I also have a bunch of MP3 files for free (at least, I didn't BUY them). Some are downloads and some are from my CDs, records and tapes.
Time and again, I get some good used vinyl records (and cassettes) at cheap prices on eBay, the Amazon Marketplace, a flea market or a rummage sale.
What got me started on Discogs were the albums that I own that were not on the database itself. For a while, there were hundreds that I've added. These days, every once in a while, I would still find at least one release I could add or make corrections.
Time and again, I would need characters like these:
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