Music lover. For me, there's no such thing as “cheesy” music.

In the 1990s, I maintained and contributed to numerous discographies, FAQs, mailing lists and fanzines about artists, labels, and genres, including ambient music, the ZTT label, the Art of Noise, Moby, The Future Sound of London, Sun Electric, The Orb, The KLF, and C-Schulz. I co-ran the VRave chat server and Hyperreal, the first electronic music and rave information archive on the Internet. I ran the ambient music mailing list, and I wrote reviews and participated in discussions on various other electronic music related mailing lists. I was an ambient/downtempo DJ at raves & clubs in the U.S. Midwest, and was associated with the well-respected music/art/party collectives Illuminator and ele_mental. I worked for six years at a used record shop which is still in business today. I was also briefly a live sound assistant at various ska, reggae, and indie rock shows and video shoots.

Building on my HTML and system administration experience, in the 2000s I had a well-rounded Web technology and computer programming career with significant experience in Java and Python. In the areas of character encoding and certain technologies, I was near the top of my field and contributed to several standards. I also became deeply interested in Discogs, Wikipedia, and audio file formats.

I'm a huge fan of rhythmic music, strong melodies, and nostalgic escapism, so I'm way into classic techno & house music and all of its influences, including original-era disco and Italo Disco. I dig the Balearic and Afro/Cosmic aesthetics, '60s & '80s pop, New Wave, funk/soul/R&B, old hip-hop, jazz, classical, you name it. I especially like music that combines or reinterprets established styles, as long as it takes me on a journey.

Grading items for sale—I use the same "Goldmine" standards we used at the shop I worked at in the first half the '90s:

I may replace CD case parts, but only with exact matches. Unlike many sellers, I do include cases in "sleeve" grades. VG+ is my standard sleeve grade for an undamaged, lightly used case with near-mint inserts. G+/VG is for minor damage/creases/bends on an insert, hub tooth damage, a small crack or heavy/dense scratches on the case

For the media, VG+ ranges from spotless to a few tiny, light scratches and minor nicks from normal use & cleaning; VG if there's a lot of scratches or any long/weirdly shaped ones; and G+ or lower for heavier marks that are obvious in any kind of light. I test everything to make sure it plays or rips without error.

To me, Mint only means sealed and without shelf wear (like right out of the box from the factory) and NM means open/inspected but apparently unplayed and with no shelf wear; both of these grades should be rare for secondhand CDs! Feel free to ask for photos and samples.

Vinyl track duration measurement: The following info is for people who are reviewing my edits to track durations on vinyl releases. The durations I enter are always based on measurements taken from my own rips to an uncompressed format. I carefully trim the audio in a wave editor to within ¼-second of the start and end of musical content, so that any between-track pauses, tape hiss, or tape bleed-through normally isn't included in the measurement. I then use the duration the editor tells me, but since Discogs doesn't support fractional seconds, I round up or down, usually up (though not always*). If there are special considerations, I'll mention them, but feel free to ask me questions.

My turntable is a well-cared-for Technics SL-1200M3D model I bought new in 1999. Like all 1200s, the motor is direct-drive and is controlled with "quartz locked" digital circuitry, making it one of the most accurate, speed-wise, in the industry. The M3D model is unique in that instead of a detent/click at the pitch adjustment slider's zero-point, it has a separate pitch reset button, which sets the pitch adjustment to zero regardless of the slider position. I always leave the reset button engaged when ripping. I also use the built-in strobe to visually verify that there's no drift, other than the normal and very slight "wow" oscillations. Therefore I'm fairly confident that my measurements are within about 1 second of correct. Incidentally, I've found that sometimes the same song can appear on different releases made from master tapes that were playing at slightly different speeds, thus they have slightly different durations.

* I admit, I'm inconsistent in my rounding. I'm never quite sure what to do with fractional seconds between about 0.200 and 0.499. I mean, it doesn't seem fair to say that something measured as 6:05.389 is "6:05" when it's actually a bit more than that, especially if there's no fade-out. But then again, is it fair to say it's "6:06" when it doesn't quite reach that mark?


Image credits for this profile:

avatar = a Tumbeast, by Matthew Inman. CC-BY-3.0 license.

background = a little part of "Alice in Wonderland" (2005), a painting by Sergey Tyukanov. Not licensed; hopefully he doesn't mind.


Just in case you thought the major labels kept detailed info about what they have actually released, here is an actual email I received in 2006 from an intern at Atlantic Records:

I just finished checking out the Strictly Rhythm discography on your website and I found it extremely helpful. I'm in the middle of trying to compile complete chronological discographies for all 12" released on the following labels:

Atlantic Records
Elektra Records
Warner Brothers Records
Tommy Boy Records
Cold Chillin' Records
Sugarhill Records

I realize your website is mainly for electronic music, but since your Strictly Rhythm discography was so helpful I wanted to know if you had discographies for any of those labels or could point me in the right direction for finding them (google hasn't been too helpful and has incomplete discographies for those labels). Any help would be great.

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posted a review of Noise Boyz* - No Way Back. 2 days ago
This is a slept-on early Balearic house track with jazzy sax and piano, and more than a passing resemblance to Will Powers - Adventures In Success. It's kinda light, and kinda weird, and you can dance to it. Maybe imagine DJ Alfredo is spinning it for you at a party on the beach ... See full review
added Susumu Yokota - Sakura to their collection. 3 days ago
added Kay Gardner - Emerging to their collection. 3 days ago
added Laura Allan with Paul Horn - Reflections to their collection. 3 days ago
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added Red River Dave - I Wish I Had My First Wife Back / The Death Of Floyd Collins to their collection. 4 days ago
posted a review of Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart. 5 days ago
Gary Langan of The Art Of Noise only gets an Engineer credit on the somewhat rough Red & Blue Remix, yet it is about as close to an Art of Noise track as you will ever find without their name on it. It's already produced by Trevor Horn, and uses a ... See full review
added Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart to their collection. 6 days ago
submitted Yes - Leave It. 6 days ago
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added Aldo Ciccolini / Erik Satie - Piano Music Of Erik Satie, Vol. 1 to their collection. 14 days ago
posted a comment on The Ultraviolet Catastrophe - The Trip (The Remixes). 23 days ago
"Trip Harder (Original Mix)" is exactly the same as the on the original 12" (The Trip) and the Twitch Six CD, but a 16-bar portion of the break near the end has been edited out. That's why it is shorter on this release. The part that is missing has a ... See full review
posted a comment on Peter Himmelman. 25 days ago
At the shop I used to work at, we called this guy the King of the Promo CDs. Every time we'd sell one, we'd get two more in stock.
submitted Quad (10) - E. T. (Be My Friend). 27 days ago
posted a comment on Herbie Hancock - Blow-Up (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). 28 days ago
Something went horribly wrong during the 1996 remastering of "Bring Down the Birds". The reverb has gone totally missing, and the right channel sounds like it's being played on a 78 on the other side of a concrete wall. It's just this one track that's ... See full review
posted a review of Herb Alpert - Jump Street. about 1 month ago
In this era, every time Herb Alpert put out an album, it was a "comeback". Here he is once again dabbling in dance music and calling it a new experiment.

The result this go-around, combining hip-hop with muted trumpet, is comparable to the sounds coming ... See full review
added Howard Jones - Cross That Line to their collection. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on C & C Music Factory* Presenting Freedom Williams - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (1991 Remix). about 1 month ago
My hazy recollection is that these "1991" mixes actually came out in December 1990. Of course, no way to prove that now.
posted a comment on ABBA - The Visitors. about 1 month ago
There's an article that debunks the Billy Joel myth (it was one of 50 CDs released on the same day in Japan, and just happens to have the lowest ... See full review
posted a comment on ABBA - The Visitors. about 1 month ago
Where did you hear that? There were no CDs released in 1981. The copyright dates say 1981 because the music and artwork did not change from the original 1981 album release.

This release was the first commercial pop music CD manufactured, but ended up ... See full review
posted a review of Candy Flip - Strawberry Fields Forever. about 1 month ago
I don't recall how or where I heard this version of "Strawberry Fields Forever". I'm sure it wasn't on the radio. I was probably one of a half-dozen people in my city to even know about this song and buy it. I was in college and there was all this great ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Steal This Disc. about 1 month ago
Dealer price was $4.98, list price was $6.98. Quite the budget compilation for 1987.
posted a comment on RCA. about 1 month ago
What a useless comment. Why did you post this link?
posted a review of Various - Presenting The Bose Wave Music System. about 1 month ago
The introduction medley is the sound-effects nightmare I expected it to be, but my gosh, what a surprise to hear professional, well-recorded renditions of Claire De Lune, Aquarium, and Nessun Dorma. Such a pity they did not credit the orchestras and ... See full review
submitted Hot Rize - Untold Stories. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Dimitri From Paris - Night Dubbin'. about 1 month ago
Most of the tracks have been declicked to death. It is astonishing that nobody can hear the damage they do the percussion attacks when they crank those plugins up to maximum in a desperate bid to remove vinyl surface noise with one mouse click.
submitted Kajagoogoo - White Feathers. about 1 month ago
submitted Cliffie Stone And His Orchestra* - Pretty Baby / After You've Gone. about 1 month ago
added Ishvara - Magik Square Of The Sun to their collection. about 1 month ago
submitted Various - Ghost World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes (Annihilation). about 1 month ago
I need to delete this comment, but Discogs does not let me.
posted a comment on Figures On A Beach - Breathless. 2 months ago
According to the liner notes in the Paradise And Other Four Letter Words compilation cassette, Breathless was "even bootlegged in Belgium (flattery at its best)." This suggests the BMC releases may be partially unofficial, or perhaps some copies are ... See full review
posted a comment on Moby - Hymn.Alt.Quiet.Version. 2 months ago
It took him a while, but he finally did go down that road again: Moby - Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
posted a comment on Various - The Future Sound Of Jazz (Vol. II: 2 months ago
Quite possibly the most awkward subtitle ever. Someone should make a list of releases with titles/subtitles that fail at teh cyberz.
posted a review of Art Of Noise* - At The End Of A Century. 2 months ago
I love the Art of Noise, but sometimes I hate them, too, and this is one of those times. The only thing that makes this release worthwhile is The Production Of Claude Debussy, a new title for the reissue of a promo-only mix of The Seduction Of Claude Debussy plus rare ... See full review
posted a review of Image Of A Group. 2 months ago
According to the artist profile, Trevor Horn shelved Balance, "rethinking the entire project with more of an Art of Noise feel" when the name Art of Noise became available to use for it.

Oh, please.

Aside from the few instrumental bits that ... See full review
posted a review of Image Of A Group (2) - Matter. 2 months ago
Much like Morley's writing, this set of very slight variations on a theme needs a serious editing pass.
posted a comment on Paul Tedeschini. 2 months ago
For years I have been hanging on to a 32 kbps MP3 clip of an unreleased song called "Boo Zoo" by Spinfinity, a project mentioned on Paul's old website. It's a '90s trancey downtempo cut with chunky beats, very of-its-time. The sound quality of the clip I ... See full review
added Björk - Homogenic to their collection. 2 months ago