Shelves of old stuff...

Shelves of old stuff...

I’ve gotten into a bit of a project, which I’ll be providing the technical details of in a few days.  But, some personal thoughts…

While we resisted (far longer than most) the migration of our music collection to digital, we eventually felt we had no choice as the vinyl format started to disappear and the CD-ROM took over.  So, we started buying CDs like everyone else, and lamented the loss of the large album art and the liner notes in a font size larger than “4 pt”.  We also moaned as we purchased favorites already owned on vinyl so we could listen to things in the car.  Now, we’re going through this again as we start migrating to MP3/AAC downloads, purchasing things we have no physical evidence of owning.

Partially motivated by cheapness, and partially motivated by the inability to find out of print items, I started thinking about converting all the old things to MP3 myself.  After some research (translate as “Google”) and some experimentation (translate as “plug in old hardware”) I discovered that it’s not too hard to convert to MP3 from old sources like vinyl.  So, I’ve embarked on a project to convert everything we have so we don’t have to repurchase.

This is not a short term project.  Over the years we’ve collected hundreds of pieces of vinyl, dozens of vinyl 45s, hundreds of audio CDs, dozens of cassettes, and concert VHS tapes and DVDs.  If you total it all up its more than 1,000 hours of audio.  And, there’s no short cut to spending all that time spinning the audio into a computer to convert it.  So, this project will literally take months and months.  So, we start.

And, it’s turning into a wonderful walk through personal history.  There are all kinds of recordings that have been part of our lives as far back as we can remember.  There are recordings that we have no idea why we purchased them.  There are out of print items.  There are audio cassettes of performances of mine from various groups that are poor recording quality, poor performances, and priceless things to possess.  Listening to everything is a parade of friends, places, times, experiences, memories almost forgotten and easily retrieved with a drum beat or guitar chord.

It’s going to be a fun two years…

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