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Audio Databases

Research Tools

Finding Sound Recordings Online

Try these first...

bullet  Music Online
Music Online allows you to search accross the many Alexander Street Press databases that Yale Music Library subscribes to including American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Scores Library, Contemporary World Music, American Song, Contemporary World Music, & Smithsonian Global Sound, Popular Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound.

bullet  Naxos Music Library
Sound recordings of primarily of western art music, but also including jazz, blues, world and Chinese music. Time-span: Middle Ages-present.

bullet  Naxos Music Library Jazz
One of the most comprehensive collections of jazz music available online. It offers close to 20,000 tracks of jazz from over 1,900 albums. Over 500 jazz artists are represented.


Try also...

bullet  American Song  (now incorporates African American Song)
Streaming audio sound recordings relating to American history in song and spoken word. Contains songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys, and others. Tracks relating to Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more. Musical genres include African American, American Indian, bluegrass, blues, Cajun/Zydeco, children's, country, dance, folk, gospel, jazz, old-time, ragtime, rhythm & blues, shape note singing, Tex-Mex and Western

bullet  Classical Music Library
Streaming audio sound recordings of Western art music which includes repertoire from more than 32 recording labels.

bullet  Contemporary World Music
This database contains music from varied parts of the world. It will eventually contain important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.

bullet  DRAM
Genres include folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond. Labels include New World Records, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and others.

bullet  Smithsonian Global Sound
Sound recordings of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds. World music from every continent. Speeches, oral history, biography, memoir, drama, and poetry, including poets reading their own works.

Don't forget to consult the Historical Sound Recordings and the Oral History American Music