Music Online: American Music (formerly know as American Song) is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. Includes content from the African American Music database.
Classical Music Library is a growing collection of over 60,000 tracks of music from the Middles Ages to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from solo vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.
Contemporary World Music contains a blend of contemporary and traditional world music recordings from many labels throughout the world. When complete, the database will contain 50,000 tracks, including genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz. Traditional genres will include Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more. Liner notes to all the albums are included in PDF format.
Opera in Video contains five hundred hours of 290 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.
Date Coverage: 1933-present
Materials Indexed: Interviews; Video
Produced by the Library of Congress, the National Jukebox makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings. At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.
Date Coverage: 1901-1925
Materials Indexed: Audio; Primary Sources
A rapidly growing database of 50,000 albums and over 700,000 tracks. Most of the collection is classical, but it also includes jazz, world, new age, and some pop and rock. Labels included in addition to Naxos are Chandos, Caprice, Wergo, CPO, Hungaraton, and over 300 more. Free apps are available for the iPhone and Android; for instructions and information go to the Naxos Music Library blog.
Freely accessible. A digital collection of nearly 8,000 cylinder recordings. Dating from the early 20th century, they provide a window into society and culture of the period. The recordings may be streamed or freely downloaded. From the Department of Special Collections of the UCSB Library.
Date Coverage: late 19th and early 20th centuries
Materials Indexed: Audio
Freely accessible. The Belfer Audio Archive includes over 22,000 cylinders, 12,000 of which are unique. The digital collection will include 6,000 online audio files by 2010, selected in collaboration with the UCSB Cylinder Project to ensure non-duplication of the two projects.
Freely accessible. Over 17,400 digitized audio recordings made by Alan Lomax from 1946 into the 1990s. Includes music from around the world as well as spoken material such as stories, interviews, and personal narratives.