[Says reader “Love”, from Texas:]
I also found that organizing helped me understand the collection. But it’s still in the works, and also I didn’t have time for more than a few photos, but this gives some idea.
Actually, the section labels are for the benefit of my housemates. They were always asking me “what was that we were listening to the other day?” b/c, being my collection, I already know what I have & where it is: LPs, CDs, audio tapes, DVDs, VHS, Mini-DV, actetes, reel-to-reel, space-molecule-teleportation paradigm sound thought fossils, etc…
Anyway, I pulled a few of the more popular (with the housemates, that is… not popular like “pop”) titles and put them into the labeled bins, about 1/10th of which are represented in the photos. The ragas section is organized by time of day & I’ve since also incorporated the various Iranian dastgahs (you can see “homayun” there, for instance) without bothering to update the markers.
The Yoruba section says “& various Nigeria” which is no longer accurate. It is 100% Yoruba and further subdivided into Tradl. Perc.; Barrister Fuji; Ayinla Omowura Apala; Yusuf Olatunji; lastly ‘other Apala/Fuji/and Sakara.’ Every so often, you can see a thick-cased CD whose job is to make a section marker. NO highlife in there — if I want to hear western influence I’ll just turn on the radio or tele… (just being provocative, don’t mind me— of course in the archives we have some Orlando Owoh and even KSA/Obey)
Further sections for ga music, tons of ewe music (again, subdivided with thick-cased cd’s into specific genres)…
Making all of the labels was a lot of fun & did make me remember stuff buried in the vaults, stuff which was mislabeled, tons of stuff that cuts across categories, etc. I’d recommend everyone try it! The collection also grew in some new directions as the housemates’ preferences (and spiffy new labels) influenced things… So I guess the labels weren’t just for the housemates — they were/are for me, too. They’ve really sharpened and accelerated the development of ears/brain/perception/consciousness for all involved…