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Artist alias names

Hi all,

Does anyone know if there is a standalone list or database of artist alias names available for download?

Eg:   "elo" -> "E.L.O." -> "Electric Light Orchestra"

I'm not looking for an interactive web service.

Thanks in advance
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Re: Artist alias names

Reply #1
If you are skilful, you can write a script in Python or Perl iterating all artist pages and fetching aliases from every artist page having aliases at Discogs:

https://www.discogs.com/search/?type=artist


Re: Artist alias names

Reply #3
Thanks for your input.

Fortunately, I do have good programming skills.

It looks like Discogs would be a very lengthy search/browse...

I had deeper look into MusicBrainz API - I can see you can get the aliases from the artist's MBID. However, I can't see a way to get the MBID for the artist - unless I've missed something?

Thanks again
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Oops! I did miss something. MusicBrainz might be the best option...
In the beginning there was ONLY noise, then came the signal.

Re: Artist alias names

Reply #4
I'm not sure about how you want to display / use the artist alias info but can't it be tagged by mapping this foo_discogs field "DISCOGS_ARTISTS_ALIASES"?
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Re: Artist alias names

Reply #5
I have a search-as-you-type mechanism on the Player I have developed. I want to create a list of aliases so searches are more comprehensive.

The list needs to be stored locally for speed.

If I use MusicBrainz, I can build a list by searching the Artists in my current music library (with periodic updates).

It wasn't clear to me if I could do a similar thing with Discogs. I'm always ready to learn...

Thanks
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In the beginning there was ONLY noise, then came the signal.

Re: Artist alias names

Reply #6
Discogs has powerful API. Using cURL/Python you can fetch virtually anything.
Look on their API docs and API forum.


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Reply #8
Taking the database from Discogs appears very unlikely, their request limitation is 60 request / 1 min for authenticated sessions.
With 5,000,000+ artists that would take 2 months of continuous fetching.

Re: Artist alias names

Reply #9
Taking the database from Discogs appears very unlikely, their request limitation is 60 request / 1 min for authenticated sessions.
With 5,000,000+ artists that would take 2 months of continuous fetching.
Discogs also dumps the data, see ~ http://data.discogs.com/
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  ;~)

Re: Artist alias names

Reply #10
I think I'll try them both out.

I'm just on another job at the moment...

Thanks for your help.
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