Streaming Audio Databases

The UO Libraries subscribes to streaming audio resources which include music, speeches, sound effects, and other audio recordings. The recordings are complete tracks and may be played on your computer or mobile device. Off-campus access is limited to University of Oregon faculty, staff and students.  While no tracks may be downloaded, many of the databases provide fee-based access to commercial databases for downloading. These resources often offer access to faculty for producing audio course folders.


Music Online
Music Online is the broadest and most comprehensive online music resource that cross-searches all of the UO Library's Alexander Street Press music databases. Individual products can be accessed via the go to pull-down menu at the footer of the page.  UO's subscription to Music Online provides access to the following specialized audio collections:

    • American Song
      American Song is a history database that will contain 50,000 tracks that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database will include songs by and about American Indians, African Americans, 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. This release includes 763 albums, equaling 12,542 tracks.
    • Classical Music Library
      Classical Music Library provides online listening to over 10,000 pieces of the classical repertoire, ranging from Medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas and the avante-garde.
      You can search the database by composer, performer (including ensemble and conductor), title of the piece, as well as browse by era and genre.  Record labels whose works are included in this database include most of the contemporary recordings of EMI Classical, as well as a larger number of the important classical recording companies, such as Hyperion, Bridge, Hanssler Classic, and Vox.
    • Contemporary World Music
      Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will 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.
      The current version of this resource includes 1,530 albums, equalling 20,682 tracks, growing regularly.
    •  Jazz Music Library
      Comprehensive streaming audio collection of jazz music, from the early ‘20s to today, spanning all major jazz genres including vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band music, modern jazz, and more, and featuring thousands of jazz performers from legendary record labels.
    • Popular Music Library
      Popular music from around the world, including pop, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.
    • Smithsonian Global Sound
      Smithsonian Global Sound is produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
      It includes the published recordings owned by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) as well as material collected on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology.
      The database includes resources such as speeches, sound effects, music from all over the world, classical music recordings (especially American composers) and resources for language courses.
      Searching the database can be done in a number of ways: by genre, by country, by cultural group, by language, instrument, artist, ensemble, and by album label.


    Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

    Watch performances by the Berliner Philharmoniker streamed in high definition, on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. About 40 concerts are broadcast each season, including symphonic performances, chamber music, choral music, children’s educational programming, and dance performances. Viewers can stream them live in real time or watch them later via the concert video archive. The archive also contains hundreds of past concerts with all the great artists of classical music, as well as documentaries and bonus films.


    Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
    This source is dedicated to American music research, with over 7500 compositions in its database. It includes the archives of the New World Recordings, with musical genres from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th-century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, and electronic music. DRAM also includes the recordings of Composers Recordings Inc., which specializes in contemporary composers' recordings. Other labels that are part of this rich resource include Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening and Mutable.  Alongside the high quality music streams, complete liner notes, scholarly essays, bibliographies and discographies are available for viewing on the database. Users can create favorites and playlists to integrate into Blackboard, course assignments, and study guides.


    Naxos Music Library

    The online access includes program notes, cover artwork, tracklist, instrumentation and publisher information, libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas. Naxos Music Library features the complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 770 labels such as BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, CPO, CSO Resound, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Erato, Dynamic, Finlandia, Grand Piano, Hänssler Classic, Harmonia Mundi, Hungaroton, LSO Live, Marco Polo, Naïve, Naxos, New York Philharmonic, Nimbus, Nonesuch, Ondine, Orfeo, PentaTone, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Teldec, Universal Classics, Vanguard Classics, Warner Classics, Warner Classics - Parlophone (former EMI Classics) and many more.


    Reserve Audio Listening Possibilities:

    Along with the traditional audio reserve capabilities of the Douglass Listening Room (3rd floor of the Knight Library), the UO Libraries are currently providing access to reserve audio resources through the databases listed above (with the exception of DRAM) through the use of a Course Folder site on their Blackboard sites. Requests for course folders can be addressed to the music librarian, Ann Shaffer (at


      Future Developments in Online Audio Resources:

        Part of the mission of the University Libraries is to track the resources available to scholars in audio technology. We will be adding resources and information to this page to assure access to these invaluable sources for research.