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Smithsonian Global Sound (Music)

Smithsonian Global Sound is a searchable database of audio recordings offering music, speeches, and drama from more than 160 countries around the world. The database includes an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds. Users browse, search, click, and then listen to the music over the Internet through their headphones or speakers. Specially developed, controlled vocabularies enable users to browse by musical instrument, geographic area, or cultural group, among other fields. Archives included in this database include the Aga Khan Trust for Culture- an archive of Islamic music and culture; the Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology-an Indian-based resource; the International Library of African Music- touted as the greatest depository of African music in the world; and recordings from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Smithsonian Folkways Archive, including the complete recordings published by the Folkways label. Research into history, geography, literature, cultural diversity, and other subject areas can be expanded with the addition of the music and sounds represented in this collection.
Availability:
Off-campus access limited to current UO students, faculty, and staff.