archive.org link collection
The Internet Archive is a whole universe with its Petabytes of data. They not only archive “the internet” (!!), but also have dedicated collections of digitized public domain1) books, audio, video, and imagery.
Because of the sheer size of its databases, simply navigating those treasure troves can become difficult at times. To remind myself of “gold pots” for a later return (and as a soft recommendation), I archive some good search queries and entry points into this part of the “deep web”.2)
- Netlabels is the index of netlabels who put their catalogue on the Internet Archive. I currently (loosely) monitor the RSS feed to this feed for review candidates. And for a browsable, chunked way to access this collection, why not start all releases from year 2020, sorted by popularity? Since 2004 there have been 1000 to 3000 (peak in 2013) releases per year.
- Phase Flow Podcast links over 50 episodes of excellent mixes for contemporary electronic dance music.
- Mighty Duggs over a dozen of DJ mixes
- reviews by @matthew_boardman, over 100 reviews to selected releases. Might show me places.
- Eclanage Preservation Society specialises in digitising old vinyl records. Licensing status questionable, though…
- shandb archives over 100 episodes of radio show Groove Therapy, a two-hour funk & soul broadcast with exceptional content. Again, no CC license though
- And finally, a complex query for diving through the whole Audio subsection of the Internet Archive. Change the
yearparameter to browse for genre and date. The collection exclusions remove cruft from busy archivists featuring mostly 30 second long samples.
Complex query matrix
For the “complex query” above, I took the liberty of creating a full table of all combinations of the last decade (ok, 11 years) and 70 common music style signifiers. Those are by no means comprehensive or cover all of the subject tag used on the archive. But I might use this as an easier jumping/starting point for searching for undiscovered pearls in the future:
- NASA Images. Because SCIENCE!
- Project Gutenberg. Perhaps helpful if the original repository is geoblocked in your country