Help for MIDI
Explorer Search Engine
This is a search tool specifically designed for finding and
organizing MIDI files and sites on the Web. All data was collected by MIDI Explorer in his exploits of the MIDI
Universe. File names and link names (anchor text) were retrieved along with file lengths.
File lengths are used for find different MIDIs that may have the same name. The
search will match all names BEGINNING WITH the letters that you enter. It is
very useful for finding titles that have been shortened by the provider (still a
Your may search by any one of four methods. The
default is Group by Name, where results are organized into groups having
the same name. The Group by Length will sort results by file length -
this quickly shows different versions of the same song. To just view all
results, select Show All. On each results page you can re-search using a
A unique search finds all files having a specified file
length - Length (bytes). This can help you identify a MIDI file that you
already have (be sure to enter to exact file length - in MS Windows this can be
found by examining the 'properties' of the file).
- If you don't find your song by name, think of other ways that the
tune may be listed ('Forrest Gump' may be found using 'Forrest', 'Gump' or 'Fgump').
File names on old sites are often no longer than eight characters.
- Enter names of songs that you like to find sites that have may have
other MIDIs of interest.
- Only letters and digits are used in the search - forget about spaces
- If you have trouble finding a tune, enter fewer letters and use one
of the 'Organize' searches.
- If a MIDI file is "embedded', methods for retrieval can be
tricky and will depend on your browser and MIDI plug-in. When the MIDI file is played, a
copy (though renamed) will be present on your computer in a temporary internet directory.
Find and rename it. Some MIDI plugins allow you to simply save a file (the latest MS Media
Player does this). Or you can find the MIDI name by looking at the HTML code and
requesting it directly though your browser and 'saving' it when prompted (may work for
|Tips on 'Organize by' Searches
- These are particularly useful for finding rare MIDIs or all versions
of a popular song.
- Use 'Organize by Name' (default) to get all versions of a tune with exactly the
- Use 'Organize by Length' to find all different versions of a
- Files with the same starting letters AND the same length are almost
certainly the same.
- Files with the same starting letters and nearly the same length and
name probably contain the same version (sequence).
- Only files reporting a file length are shown.
- Only .mid files are shown (no .zip files).
- Nearby text is not used (only file name and link text are indexed).
- Searching by artist name will not always work - if not, try other paths.
- Only MIDI files on the site of the referring pages are shown.
- MIDI files only accessible through (CGI) programs are
often not shown.
- Number of MIDI files 1,900,000
- Number of different MIDI files with different lengths =
- Number of different MIDI pages = 209,818