Transitioning from Vinyl to CD

(…) in the mid-90’s I could not resist following a colleague’s recommendation to visit Tower Records in Mountain View (a shop that has since gone out of business) when I was on a business trip to the Silicon Valley, and so I started purchasing CDs. Of course, unlike when I started collecting LPs, I now had a better idea what to look for…


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What’s in my LP Collection?

This blog entry is probably a bit boring, “pseudo-scientific” … sorry about that: can’t always suppress my science background! Numerically, the top favorites in my vinyl collection are likely nothing special, certainly at the top end…


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My Vinyl Record Collection

(…) for the following years, essentially all the money that I earned during my vacation jobs went into LP purchases. What was my guide in collecting LPs? Well, as I was listening to classical music on the radio just about all the time, I came across plenty of music that “talked to me”; unfortunately, LPs at that time were expensive…


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Music Dreams

(…) throughout high school I was (day)dreaming about what I wanted / liked / wished to make out of music in my life: I had the idea of becoming a conductor! I mostly kept that for myself, certainly did not mention it to schoolmates — but I have once mentioned it to my violin teacher at high school. He told me to …


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What Makes up a Good Music Teacher?

So much depends on having a good music teacher! I’m not competent to argue whether all of us are born with the talent to become musicians, or at least to love music and to play an instrument well, or whether some or even most of it is a matter of one’s genes, or maybe the consequence of influences / experiences at a very early (maybe even pre-natal) stage — however, for sure, a bad teacher can ruin a lot in one’s musical life! …


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Early Encounters with Music

… I listened to all the shallow music that was broadcasted on the radio around 1960 (our radio was an old “steam radio” built into a book shelf). I also distinctly remember that on Sundays the radio always played classical music — typically chamber music, such as music for wind instruments by Mozart — and I hated that music — not because I disliked it, but …


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