Streaming Audio Databases
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.