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Streaming music service that enables listening and learning on campus and home computers. Includes 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word and natural and human-made sounds. Search terms enable you to browse by musical instrument, geographic area or cultural group, among other fields. Includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, and Paredon labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies. The collection also encompasses animal sounds, beer-drinking at an African homestead; calypso; classical violin instruction; drama; poetry; sounds of the deep ocean, the office, and the ionosphere; a frog being eaten by a snake; and great performances of traditional music from virtually everywhere in the world.
Search Smithsonian Global Sound, American Song, and Classical Music Library in one interface through Music & Performing Arts (Alexander Street Press).
Wherever you see the “send to mobile” icon , you are able to obtain a "shortlink" to enable playback on your mobile device.
Music Online provides several ways to send a shortlink to your mobile device:
Streaming service is currently available for:
For listening in the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, you will need to check out headphones from the Media Center. Personal headphones may also be used and will be required for listening in other campus libraries. You may also purchase recordings in digital or CD format. Download and purchase of recordings require the user to create an account and pay with appropriate credit; this activity is best done from home computers.