Of course, sorting out LP shelves with dividers helps access any record in a matter of a few seconds but, more importantly, also helps balance the collection and figure out exactly what the collection is about. For instance, I only realized how many Swedish records I had when I decided to create a dedicated divider. Additionally, this Swedish section (‘Sverige‘) remarkably transcends the various genres of music I listen to: contemporary, electronic, avant rock, experimental jazz and sound poetry. In a way, it is representative of my music tastes. I shall remember this the next time I’m asked what kind of music I listen to – always a difficult question.
A section should be as specific as possible to be really useful. The “Contemporary” and “France” sections are too large and badly need sub-sections for easier access. I recently moved the Russian and Hungarian LPs out of the Contemporary section and created the Melodyia and Hungaroton dividers, and I plan more label-specific sections in the future. Contemporary Latin American music is my main focus as of late and I plan to steadily expand the section.
The blank divider on the top shelf marks the un-sorted LPs: records I’m not sure to keep or records I’m not even sure where they belong to. Future dividers under consideration are a Children’s records, a Raymond Murray Schafer (as of now, un-filed), a Théatre Sonore for radio plays and I’d love to add a Mechanical music divider.
I wish other bloggers would post pictures of their LP shelves.