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 comment on heArt Of Noise* / stArt Of Noise* - Moments In Love. 1 day ago
From the edit history:

Since the artist is credited as "heART OF NOISE" on the A side, and "stART OF NOISE" on the B side, I would use as ANV the common denominator "Art Of Noise" [...but] "as on release" won the discussion. — bertielego

Did Paul ... See full review
posted a comment on Steve Reich / Richard Maxfield / Pauline Oliveros - New Sounds In Electronic Music (Come Out / Night Music / I Of IV). 14 days ago's LP label guide disagrees. I relied on this guide to say that the Columbia Odyssey label came first. Someone recently changed the Discogs data to ... See full review
posted a comment on Orb* - U.F.Orb. 16 days ago
There has been some back-and-forth in the country field on this one. It was made in the UK, but just for the US market. As per a postcard I received from Mercury's New York office in 1992, all 1000 copies were a Nov. 3rd US release (which is not to say ... See full review
added Prince - 1999 to their collection. 17 days ago
submitted Prince - 1999. 17 days ago
posted a comment on Timex Social Club - Rumors. 17 days ago
You should edit the release rather than just comment on it. Fix the tracklist and add an explanation in the release notes, as instructed by RSG §1.7.3, RSG §1.7.4, and RSG §12.6.5.

However, don't "fix" what are actually just alternate mix titles. The B-side's ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Ambient House - The Compilation By DFC. 19 days ago
As much as I loved the idea of the "Ambient House" or "New Age House" genre, in hindsight it was just two things: (a.) a name for the dreamy, eclectic mix of psychedelic music, with and without beats, from past and present, as DJ'd in the side "chillout" ... See full review
posted a comment on Copland*, Chopin*, Mussorgsky*, William Kapell - Sonata / Polonaise-Fantaisie / Pictures At An Exhibition (Fricke Collection Recital). 21 days ago
"Con Mortuis In Lingua Mortua" is played perfectly. It's too bad two people cough loudly at the end!
posted a review of Jenny Burton - Bad Habits. 25 days ago
Well worth having just for the B-side, an album cut called "Let's Get Back To Love". I usually am not into sex jams, but this contemporary R&B ballad is mid-tempo boogie, and has a strong vocal. The A-side is a jazzy funk track, nothing special, but ... See full review
posted a review of Red River Dave - I Wish I Had My First Wife Back / The Death Of Floyd Collins. 25 days ago
I'm new to "hillbilly" and early country music, so maybe this record has a typical vibe for the era, but I was surprised that the A-side is hardly what I think of as country at all; it's upbeat jazz-pop. Save for the lyrical content and brief yodel, it's ... See full review
posted a review of Yip Yip Coyote - Pioneer Girl. 25 days ago
Unlike other bands in the short-lived "cowpunk" scene, Yip Yip Coyote doesn't just dabble; the trio goes all-in, lyrically, musically and visually. The result is the cleverest and best-produced work from this odd scene. It's weird and fun, combining ... See full review
posted a comment on Iasos - Inter-Dimensional Music. 26 days ago
Some differences between this CD and the original LP:

• Two tracks which debuted on the 1976 cassette are included: "Angel Play" and "Rainbow Canyon".
• "Libra Sunrise" begins with additional synth sounds.
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posted a review of Christopher Franke - Klemania. 27 days ago
This album was done in the style of 1980s Tangerine Dream, but something is definitely lacking. Symbolically, there is an oversaturated photo of a massive modular synth on this release, but it has no cords or patch cables of any kind attached to it, ... See full review
posted a comment on Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings +. about 1 month ago
This was reissued in late 2003, but no one has submitted the reissue as a separate release. Is it identical to the 1998 release or what?
posted a review of Noise Boyz* - No Way Back. about 1 month ago
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posted a review of Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart. about 1 month 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. about 1 month ago
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"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. about 1 month 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). about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Herbie Hancock - Blow-Up (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 month 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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
posted a comment on C & C Music Factory* Presenting Freedom Williams - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (1991 Remix). 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
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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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
Dealer price was $4.98, list price was $6.98. Quite the budget compilation for 1987.
posted a comment on RCA. 2 months ago
What a useless comment. Why did you post this link?
posted a review of Various - Presenting The Bose Wave Music System. 2 months 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. 2 months ago