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 usually (though not always*) round up to the next whole second. 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.


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.

Recent Activity
posted a comment on Moby - Hymn.Alt.Quiet.Version. 2 days 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 days 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. 5 days 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. 5 days ago
Rethinking the entire project with more of an Art of Noise feel, just because the name Art of Noise became available? Please. Outside of Anne Dudley's piano tributes to Debussy and the instrumental bits that survived the transformation into The Seduction Of Claude Debussy, the ... See full review
posted a review of Image Of A Group (2) - Matter. 5 days 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. 6 days 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. 7 days ago
posted a comment on Various - A Journey Into Ambient Groove 3. 9 days ago
Mastering error: Track 8 has resampling artifacts. A clean copy can be found on The K&D Sessions™.
posted a comment on Strange Cargo - Million Town. 9 days ago
Mastering error: Track 3 has resampling artifacts. A clean copy can be found on The K&D Sessions™.
posted a review of Various - For Human Ears Only. 10 days ago
Many of the tracks on this compilation are in the "post-rock inspired IDM and downtempo" category, combining sleepy, echo-y noodling on rock instruments with elements of trying-hard-to-be-clever electronic music. There's not a hook or memorable melody to ... See full review
posted a comment on Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (From Soft To Hard, From Dry To Moist). 13 days ago
The first 4 tracks were released as "Relax (Greatest Bits)" on various reissues in the 2010s, including Welcome To The Pleasuredome, Relax (Suck It Up, Soap It Up), and Inside The Pleasuredome.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 13 days ago
posted a comment on Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon. 14 days ago
A promo would not have a barcode. It is a regular retail release.

Your catalog number suggests you have Puss N' Boots / These Boots (Are Made For Walkin'), which does not have "I Beg Your Pardon" on it at all. But if you do have a release with "I Beg Your Pardon" on one side and "Puss N' ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Barramundi - An Introduction To A Cooler World. 18 days ago
This is a crap compilation, made even crappier by the omission of 4 tracks which are intact on the other editions. I keep thinking maybe someday it will grow on me, but it never does.

A lot of really great electronic dance music came out of Belgium in ... See full review
added Sergio Mendes* - Mas Que Nada - Justin Strauss Remixes to their collection. 26 days ago
posted a comment on Sergio Mendes* - Mas Que Nada - Justin Strauss Remixes. 26 days ago
These are vinyl rips; you can hear the surface noise and distortion.
added Goldfrapp - Utopia (Genetically Enriched) to their collection. 26 days ago
posted a comment on The Other Ones - Holiday. about 1 month ago
There is disagreement across the releases as to what's the 7" Remix and what's the LP Version. All editions of the album apparently come with the 3:32 version. But that is the version which many of the singles call Another Holiday or the 7" Remix by John ... See full review
added Chopin* - The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Carmen Dragon - Chopin By Starlight to their collection. about 1 month ago
added Richie Hawtin - Decks, EFX & 909 to their collection. about 1 month ago
added Thomas Leer & Robert Rental - The Bridge to their collection. about 1 month ago
added The Todd Terry Project - The Circus / Weekend to their collection. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Various - Ambient Senses - The Vision. about 1 month ago
"Joyrex J9 ii" is an edit of "Clayhill Dub", the 2nd track on the Joyrex J9 EP.
posted a review of Donna Summer - Singles... Driven By The Music. about 1 month ago
Yet another mixed bag from Demon Music Group.

Based on one disc I checked from this box, sound quality is generally excellent, with modern EQ and good dynamic range, no clipping or distortion. However, some of the rarer tracks are apparently vinyl ... See full review
posted a comment on Middle Ages - Stop Your Lies. about 1 month ago
@puffketeer - Good news! Thank you for the confirmation. I also heard from the label who said their 12"s are all made from their own master tapes and pressed at MPO France.
submitted Art Rouse Trio, Don Bauer, Clyde Phillips Orchestra, Bob Block - You - You - You / With These Hands / O H / Eternally. about 1 month ago
submitted John McCormack (2) - Moonlight And Roses / The Sweetest Call. about 1 month ago
posted a review of Skylab - These Are The Blues. about 1 month ago
It pains me to rate this just three stars. It has one glorious 5-star track: the original "On the Breeze", which is very much in the style of previous Skylab releases, and superior to the remix on the Oh! EP. But my rating is weighed down by the, ... See full review
submitted Lewis James / Franklyn Baur - I'll See You In My Dreams. about 1 month ago
submitted Aileen Stanley, Johnny Marvin / Vaughn De Leath - Under The Moon (Yoo-oo-oo-oo) / Sing Me A Baby Song. about 1 month ago
submitted Linda Ronstadt - Canciones De Mi Padre. about 1 month ago
submitted Waring's Pennsylvanians* - Freshie / Mighty Blue. about 1 month ago
submitted Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders - Pretty Cinderella / Gone Again Gal. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Various - Music For Shopping. about 1 month ago
For the CD release, the artists were given the opportunity to contribute revised versions of what was on this cassette. Adultery Unlimited edited his track to add a sample and remove the off-key swooshy synth noises contributed by Todd Sines. Grae's ... See full review
posted a comment on Duran Duran - The Wild Boys. 2 months ago
On this US 12", the intro of the A-side is truncated; it is missing the first beat. It is the same way on the Canadian 12". This problem is not present on the Japan 12". I don't know about any others.
added Gloria Estefan - Get On Your Feet to their collection. 2 months ago
added Freddie Jackson - Nice 'N' Slow to their collection. 2 months ago
added RuPaul - Back To My Roots to their collection. 2 months ago
posted a review of Ennio Morricone - The Mission (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture). 2 months ago
One of Morricone's best-selling soundtrack albums for good reason, The Mission is essentially variations on a handful of lushly orchestrated symphonic and choral themes, all very melodic and reminiscent of more than a few Christian hymns. The ... See full review
added Irresistible Force* - Underground E.P. to their collection. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Giant Steps (2) - (The World Don't Need) Another Lover. 2 months ago
All three versions sound the same. What they are calling the 7" Edit here is probably also a Cohen/Beltran mix like the others. It is definitely not the regular 7" vinyl version.
posted a comment on New Breed - Umsturz (Jetzt). 2 months ago
Both records contain the same 3 mixes. The "Instrumental" on the US release is the same as the "Beat Box Version" on the Germany 12".
added The Grid - Floatation to their collection. 2 months ago
posted a comment on 808 State - Pacific. 2 months ago
That can't be right. That's the barcode on De La Soul - Plug Tunin' / Freedom Of Speak. If there was a commercial release of Pacific, it would have 949 in the number, not 910.
posted a comment on Middle Ages - Stop Your Lies. 2 months ago
Was this sourced from the original master tapes? Or did they start with a vinyl transfer (needledrop)? I would really like to hear a sample before plunking down cash for this. If it is a needledrop that has been "remastered" by cranking the controls of a ... See full review
added The Orb - Assassin to their collection. 2 months ago
added The Orb - Assassin³ to their collection. 2 months ago
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