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)

Audio

  • 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
  • LibriVox if you want another way of browsing the official LibriVox portal.
  • my reviews, my favourites (still growing), my uploads (very few)
  • 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 😕
  • Vericuetos Podcast, maintained by pedalmen is worth a visit if you seek so-called “eclectic” music. It contains a backlog of over 300 radio show episodes, one hour each, with Spanish moderation in between songs. CC-BY-NC-ND-4.0 licensed! 😎
  • And finally, a complex query for diving through the whole Audio subsection of the Internet Archive. Change the subject and year parameter 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:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Acid Jazz aci10 aci11 aci12 aci13 aci14 aci15 aci16 aci17 aci18 aci19 aci20
Alternative Rock alt10 alt11 alt12 alt13 alt14 alt15 alt16 alt17 alt18 alt19 alt20
Ambient amb10 amb11 amb12 amb13 amb14 amb15 amb16 amb17 amb18 amb19 amb20
Big Beat big10 big11 big12 big13 big14 big15 big16 big17 big18 big19 big20
Blues blu10 blu11 blu12 blu13 blu14 blu15 blu16 blu17 blu18 blu19 blu20
Chanson cha10 cha11 cha12 cha13 cha14 cha15 cha16 cha17 cha18 cha19 cha20
Chiptune chi10 chi11 chi12 chi13 chi14 chi15 chi16 chi17 chi18 chi19 chi20
Cinematic cin10 cin11 cin12 cin13 cin14 cin15 cin16 cin17 cin18 cin19 cin20
Classic Rock cla10 cla11 cla12 cla13 cla14 cla15 cla16 cla17 cla18 cla19 cla20
Classical cla10 cla11 cla12 cla13 cla14 cla15 cla16 cla17 cla18 cla19 cla20
Country cou10 cou11 cou12 cou13 cou14 cou15 cou16 cou17 cou18 cou19 cou20
Dance dan10 dan11 dan12 dan13 dan14 dan15 dan16 dan17 dan18 dan19 dan20
Darkwave dar10 dar11 dar12 dar13 dar14 dar15 dar16 dar17 dar18 dar19 dar20
Disco dis10 dis11 dis12 dis13 dis14 dis15 dis16 dis17 dis18 dis19 dis20
Downtempo dow10 dow11 dow12 dow13 dow14 dow15 dow16 dow17 dow18 dow19 dow20
Drum'n Bass dru10 dru11 dru12 dru13 dru14 dru15 dru16 dru17 dru18 dru19 dru20
Dub dub10 dub11 dub12 dub13 dub14 dub15 dub16 dub17 dub18 dub19 dub20
Dubstep dub10 dub11 dub12 dub13 dub14 dub15 dub16 dub17 dub18 dub19 dub20
Easy Listening eas10 eas11 eas12 eas13 eas14 eas15 eas16 eas17 eas18 eas19 eas20
Electro ele10 ele11 ele12 ele13 ele14 ele15 ele16 ele17 ele18 ele19 ele20
Electro Acoustic ele10 ele11 ele12 ele13 ele14 ele15 ele16 ele17 ele18 ele19 ele20
Euro House eur10 eur11 eur12 eur13 eur14 eur15 eur16 eur17 eur18 eur19 eur20
Exotic exo10 exo11 exo12 exo13 exo14 exo15 exo16 exo17 exo18 exo19 exo20
Folk fol10 fol11 fol12 fol13 fol14 fol15 fol16 fol17 fol18 fol19 fol20
Folk Metal fol10 fol11 fol12 fol13 fol14 fol15 fol16 fol17 fol18 fol19 fol20
Funk fun10 fun11 fun12 fun13 fun14 fun15 fun16 fun17 fun18 fun19 fun20
Garage rock gar10 gar11 gar12 gar13 gar14 gar15 gar16 gar17 gar18 gar19 gar20
Glitch gli10 gli11 gli12 gli13 gli14 gli15 gli16 gli17 gli18 gli19 gli20
Glockenspiel glo10 glo11 glo12 glo13 glo14 glo15 glo16 glo17 glo18 glo19 glo20
Hard Rock har10 har11 har12 har13 har14 har15 har16 har17 har18 har19 har20
Hip Hop hip10 hip11 hip12 hip13 hip14 hip15 hip16 hip17 hip18 hip19 hip20
House hou10 hou11 hou12 hou13 hou14 hou15 hou16 hou17 hou18 hou19 hou20
IDM idm10 idm11 idm12 idm13 idm14 idm15 idm16 idm17 idm18 idm19 idm20
Indie Acoustic ind10 ind11 ind12 ind13 ind14 ind15 ind16 ind17 ind18 ind19 ind20
Indie Pop ind10 ind11 ind12 ind13 ind14 ind15 ind16 ind17 ind18 ind19 ind20
Indie Rock ind10 ind11 ind12 ind13 ind14 ind15 ind16 ind17 ind18 ind19 ind20
Industrial ind10 ind11 ind12 ind13 ind14 ind15 ind16 ind17 ind18 ind19 ind20
Instrumental Experimental ins10 ins11 ins12 ins13 ins14 ins15 ins16 ins17 ins18 ins19 ins20
Instrumental Hip Hop ins10 ins11 ins12 ins13 ins14 ins15 ins16 ins17 ins18 ins19 ins20
Instrumental Rock ins10 ins11 ins12 ins13 ins14 ins15 ins16 ins17 ins18 ins19 ins20
Jazz jaz10 jaz11 jaz12 jaz13 jaz14 jaz15 jaz16 jaz17 jaz18 jaz19 jaz20
Metal met10 met11 met12 met13 met14 met15 met16 met17 met18 met19 met20
Metalcore met10 met11 met12 met13 met14 met15 met16 met17 met18 met19 met20
Minimal Techno min10 min11 min12 min13 min14 min15 min16 min17 min18 min19 min20
Mix mix10 mix11 mix12 mix13 mix14 mix15 mix16 mix17 mix18 mix19 mix20
Modern Classical mod10 mod11 mod12 mod13 mod14 mod15 mod16 mod17 mod18 mod19 mod20
Nu Metal nu 10 nu 11 nu 12 nu 13 nu 14 nu 15 nu 16 nu 17 nu 18 nu 19 nu 20
Pop pop10 pop11 pop12 pop13 pop14 pop15 pop16 pop17 pop18 pop19 pop20
Pop Rock pop10 pop11 pop12 pop13 pop14 pop15 pop16 pop17 pop18 pop19 pop20
Post Hardcore pos10 pos11 pos12 pos13 pos14 pos15 pos16 pos17 pos18 pos19 pos20
Post Pop pos10 pos11 pos12 pos13 pos14 pos15 pos16 pos17 pos18 pos19 pos20
Post Rock pos10 pos11 pos12 pos13 pos14 pos15 pos16 pos17 pos18 pos19 pos20
Progressive Metal pro10 pro11 pro12 pro13 pro14 pro15 pro16 pro17 pro18 pro19 pro20
Progressive Rock pro10 pro11 pro12 pro13 pro14 pro15 pro16 pro17 pro18 pro19 pro20
Punk pun10 pun11 pun12 pun13 pun14 pun15 pun16 pun17 pun18 pun19 pun20
Rap rap10 rap11 rap12 rap13 rap14 rap15 rap16 rap17 rap18 rap19 rap20
Reggae reg10 reg11 reg12 reg13 reg14 reg15 reg16 reg17 reg18 reg19 reg20
Rock roc10 roc11 roc12 roc13 roc14 roc15 roc16 roc17 roc18 roc19 roc20
Ska ska10 ska11 ska12 ska13 ska14 ska15 ska16 ska17 ska18 ska19 ska20
Soul sou10 sou11 sou12 sou13 sou14 sou15 sou16 sou17 sou18 sou19 sou20
Swing swi10 swi11 swi12 swi13 swi14 swi15 swi16 swi17 swi18 swi19 swi20
Symphonic Metal sym10 sym11 sym12 sym13 sym14 sym15 sym16 sym17 sym18 sym19 sym20
Synthpop syn10 syn11 syn12 syn13 syn14 syn15 syn16 syn17 syn18 syn19 syn20
Synthwave syn10 syn11 syn12 syn13 syn14 syn15 syn16 syn17 syn18 syn19 syn20
Tech House tec10 tec11 tec12 tec13 tec14 tec15 tec16 tec17 tec18 tec19 tec20
Techno tec10 tec11 tec12 tec13 tec14 tec15 tec16 tec17 tec18 tec19 tec20
Traditional tra10 tra11 tra12 tra13 tra14 tra15 tra16 tra17 tra18 tra19 tra20
Trance tra10 tra11 tra12 tra13 tra14 tra15 tra16 tra17 tra18 tra19 tra20
Trip Hop tri10 tri11 tri12 tri13 tri14 tri15 tri16 tri17 tri18 tri19 tri20
Vocal Pop voc10 voc11 voc12 voc13 voc14 voc15 voc16 voc17 voc18 voc19 voc20

Image

Text

  • Project Gutenberg. Perhaps helpful if the original repository is geoblocked in your country

Video

1)
Public domain: works whose copyright protection has expired automatically become accessible to anyone [except for nationally diverging laws, but this footnote is not the place for a lecture].
2)
wiki/Deep web: actually I am misusing the term here, as the Internet Archive is heavily indexed by most search engines. But advertisers pay better and do more SEO to land on page 1, so…
3)
For all current viewing interests, better have a look at Speedrun.com directly. For some significant titles, Youtuber Summoning Salt even has created 10-20 minute long documentaries of how each game's world record time has evolved during the last 10 years.