09 June 2015

8. MISCELLANEOUS

8.1. Misc. Wikis

Wikipedia
User generated articles about music genres, artists, discographies, songs, releases. Rarely entirely accurate, but often very useful. The English version is often the most extensive, but it may be worthwile to check the same lemma in other languages for additional information.
Genres: All
Depth: 8
Breadth: 9
File Quality: 7
Accessibility: 9
Database: 8
Search Engine: 7
Writing: 7
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 7
Entertainment: 8
Regions: Global
Media: Text, Photo
Period: 3000 BC - Now

Tsort World's Music Charts
Comprehensive list of 20th century consolidated music chart data. Extra: interesting & entertaining statistics. Always check if Wikipedia has additional information on charts.
Genres: All
Depth: 8
Breadth: 7
File Quality: NA
Accessibility: 8
Database: 9
Search Engine: 7
Writing: 7
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 8
Entertainment: 8
Regions: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Eire, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA
Media: Text, Stats
Period: 1900 - Now


8.2. Misc. Collections

Library Of Congress
Catalog info about many music and music related collections and databases in the LoC. Regrettably, description routines and search tools vary enormously, making systematic research virtually impossible. But it's often worth the trouble to try out more intuitive search approaches.
Genres: All
Depth: 7
Breadth: 7
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 5
Database: 5
Search Engine: 5
Writing: NA
Interface: 5
Accuracy: 8
Entertainment: 6
Regions: USA
Media: Text, Photo, Audio, Video
Period: 1700 - Now

Europeana
Pan-European culture website. It lacks a clear proposition or concept, but it entails some good audio, video, photo and text content from many museums, archives, libraries and AV collections. They've announced to also aggregate 18 million newspaper pages from 18 partner institutions, sometime in the future.
Genres: All
Depth: 5
Breadth: 5
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 7
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: NA
Interface: 5
Accuracy: 5
Entertainment: 5
Regions: Europe, Global
Media: Audio, Video, Photo, Text
Period: All

UbuWeb
The "Robin Hood of avant-garde" content, "based on the peripheries of artistic production rather than on the perceived, or market-based, center".
Genres: All
Depth: 4
Breadth: 4
File Quality: 7
Accessibility: 6
Database: 5
Search Engine: 6
Writing: 8
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 8
Entertainment: 8
Regions: Global
Media: Audio, Video
Period: 1920 - Now

Internet Archive
Millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.
Genres: All
Depth: 6
Breadth: 7
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 5
Database: 4
Search Engine: 5
Writing: NA
Interface: 4
Accuracy: 5
Entertainment: 6
Regions: Global
Media: Audio, Video, Photo, Text
Period: 1920 - Now


8.3. Misc. Oddities TIP!

Db Etree
Community of music collectors, collaborating on a database of live concert recordings, and facilitating 1:1 file exchange.
Genres: All
Depth: 6
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 4
Accessibility: 5
Database: 6
Search Engine: 5
Writing: 5
Interface: 4
Accuracy: 5
Entertainment: 4
Regions: All
Media: Text
Period: 1950 - Now

Who Sampled
Helps to dig deeper into music by discovering direct connections between songs and artists, in all genres: covers, rip-offs, samples.
Genres: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Rap, Hip Hop
Depth: 5
Breadth: 5
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 7
Database: 6
Search Engine: 6
Writing: 6
Interface: 6
Accuracy: 7
Entertainment: 8
Regions: Global
Media: Text (describing audio)
Period: 1920 - Now

Dead Rock Stars Club
Amazing, concise but well annotated, list of dead rock musicians and singers, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock, including jazz and country artists.
Genres: Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Soul, Jazz
Depth: 5
Breadth: 6
File Quality: 6
Accessibility: 6
Database: 6
Search Engine: 5
Writing: 7
Interface: 4
Accuracy: 7
Entertainment: 6
Regions: USA, UK, Global
Media: Text
Period: 1788 - Now

Africanafrican
Hotchpotch of sources on African American cultural history, including music. Small treasures hidden behind many (sometimes: obsolete) links.
Genres: Jazz, Blues, Soul
Depth: 3
Breadth: 3
File Quality: 5
Accessibility: 7
Database: 3
Search Engine: NA
Writing: 5
Interface: 3
Accuracy: NA
Entertainment: 7
Regions: USA
Media: Audio, Video, Photo, Text
Period: 19th century - Now

Maison Du Jazz
Belgian jazz music shop with a remarkable collection of TV show videos and live concert videos, including many rarities (which you may find if you're very patient while handling this awkward website).
Genres: Jazz, Blues, Soul
Depth: 5
Breadth: 5
File Quality: NA
Accessibility: 7
Database: 5
Search Engine: 4
Writing: NA
Interface: 4
Accuracy: 4
Entertainment: 7
Regions: Global
Media: Text
Period: 1920 - Now

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