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Romy the Cat

Boston, MA
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CDs organisation methodology...
Yesterday we with whole family were trying to reorganize our CD collection. The lover did move the CD alphabetically but we did not check if they know the alphabet. Anyhow, it was mess now and we decided to sort it out. I think it take take a few other weekends. Yesterday I was moving the CDs and commanded the small kids. Amy was typing the composer’s names for the labels, God, the woman can do it with no spell checker! Thomas was running and destroying everything begging us to give him for adaption. Anyhow. We did what we planned for the first day.
I wonder if any of you can recommend any better organization techniques for off the wall CDs. I use the following logic for my CDs organization (I use different logic for LPs): 
1)      By composers alphabetically
2)      Big composers have concertos, ballets or chamber and some other sub-sections
3)      Pianists alphabetically by musicians’ name
4)      Violinist alphabetically by musicians’ name
5)      Violists alphabetically by musicians’ name
6)      Chamber, by groups name
7)      Early music, by composer
8)      The rest of instrumentalists, alphabetically by instrument name.
9)      Operas, by composers
10)   Singers crossover, by singer
11)   Conductors crossover, by conductor 
There are many other sections but above takes the bulk of CD partition. There are always some CDs that do not fit anywhere and I use my own preference that I not always remember and it is a problem. If I have for instance a CD of Hollywood String Quartet that plays Schumann and Brahms and I for instance feel that Schumann play was very specials then I will put it to Schumann chamber, not to Brahms chamber and not to Chamber section. Another CD of Hollywood String Quartet that do not have any remarkable play (good luck to find the Hollywood Quartet with non-remarkable play) I will put in Chamber section. So, as time goes by and if I am looking for Hollywood play Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2, op 26, then I might not remember that it was combined with Schumann and need to be looked in Schumann section. Probably to be more discipline it has to be in Schumann section… but I so much want to keep this CD as Schumann and NOT as Brahms. Again, it was juts “for instance” …. 
Anyhow, if anyone has a good technique to resolve it then let me know

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Rio de Janeiro, BR.
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The first what appear.

The problem with albums with more than one composer could be solved placing them based on the first one what appears in the album name. Well, later could have the problem of not remembering which one appear first, but if you keep a catalog of your albums (IDK) it would be easier.


EDIT: Discogs allow you to easily create a database just by searching they metadata (what is huge and you can always add and/or correct something) and clicking in a button, and you can later export it in CSV format if you like.

EDIT_2: I think MusicBrainz even allow you to download they entire database, they use postgresql.

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Just give them a catalog number
The order does not matter if you have an accessible database. You can just randomly give them a catalog number and sort in the computer. It could also mean that you discover treasures that normally are not even on the radar. The degree of database maturity makes it insignificant if multiple composers or performers are on the disc. The database could also address mood and other states of mind and body.
I really like random.

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The problem is that each record varies along more than one dimension - composer, performer, performance context, etc - whereas the physical organisation has at best two dimensions: column and row on the shelf. One solution is to apply a dimensionality reduction algorithm to the corpus -- e.g. tsne -- which will cluster similar records together, and then order them by the embedded number. Still needs a database to identify individual records, but their physical neighbours will then be kindred.
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