ANTHROPOLOGIE, ARCHIVE, ethnomusicologie Archives

Africa (including African-American interest)

Africa Focus: Image and Sound Collection

This online collection is maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Completed in March 2000, the collection contains more than 3,000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sound of songs and singing from forty-five countries.

African Music

A small internet site providing sound examples of Shona mbira music, Mandinka balafon music, Xylophone music of Ghana and Chopi timbira music.

African Music Archive

Founded in 1991 at the Institute of Ethnology and African Studies, the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz. Its main area is modern African music (mainly from Africa South of the Sahara).

African Music Encyclopedia

An online encyclopaedia of African music and world music.

African Music Resources Online

List of links to African music and ethnomusicology resources, created by Institute of Ethnology and African Studies.

AfricanMusicSource.com

Traditional West African Hilife music with sound clips.

Archives of African American Music and Culture

A centre devoted to the research and study of African American music and culture at Indiana University. Collections include audio and video recordings, photographs, original scores, and oral histories, among other artefacts and ephemera related to popular, religious, and art music, and black radio.

Baka Pygmies

A resource guide to the culture and music of the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon. The web site includes the fieldwork of Mauro Campagnoli.

Dictionary of African composers

An alphabetical list of African composers. Provides biographical information about the composers in question and includes details of works and musical styles and influences. Edited members of staff of the Music Department of the University of Pretoria.

International Library of African Music at Rhodes University

A research institution devoted to the scientific study of African music and the oral arts in Africa. Includes online music, other African music sites, news, etc.

East Asia

China People Promotions

China People Promotions (CPP) was formed in 1994 by a group of Chinese musicians. Based in the UK, we promote Chinese arts and culture through organising concerts and festivals, Educational workshops, and music productions within the UK and Europe.

Chinese music

Short introduction to the classical music forms of China online.

Great Empire of China

Audio archive of Chinese music on the internet.

Hyakka Ryouran Hougakujin

Directory of Japanese traditional music performers. Provides audio examples and video clips.

Hougaku Land

An online guide to the Japanese traditional music. Provides audio examples.

Japanese songs

Collection of Japanese songs and music, arranged by titles, composers, songwriters and subjects.

Japanese Traditional Music

Gives short descriptions of the most important types of traditional Japanese music.

Music from Korea

Site for free download of Korean music.

Songs of China’s Cultural Revolution

Audio archive of Chinese songs on the internet. All songs are in MP3 format.

Middle East

Iranian/Persian Music

Provides audio examples.

Jewish Music WebCenter

Gateway to Jewish music resources with a guide to research books held in U.S. libraries.

Music in the Afghan North 1967-1972

A research project undertaken by Mark Slobin at Wesleyan University. This website, part of the Learning Objects Studio at Wesleyan University, presents his research and illustrates its findings, consisting of photography, moving picture clips, sound clips and the written text. Slobins book, Music in the Culture of Northern Afghanistan (1976), based on his research is available to download free from this site.

South Asia

Manas: Culture, Music

Describes the Indian music tradition.

Sahai.org : Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya

Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya (PRSSV) is a charitable trust, which aims to promote the performing arts of India. The Trust provides funding for the Institute of Indian Music & Dance (IIMD) and the Sangit College, both in London.

South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive

Free online resource featuring collections of South Asian literature, art, theatre, dance and music by British based artists and organisations.

Southeast Asia

American Gamelan Institute

An organization devoted to publishing, recording, distributing, and making available information on all aspects of Indonesian performing arts and their international counterparts.

Gamelan Galak Tika

Balinese Gamelan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Provides audio examples and written text..

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

Information about gamelan music created by a Javanese gamelan performing ensemble based in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Provides audio examples and written text.

Indonesian Gamelan

An introduction to Indonesian music providing audio examples and written text.

Thai Music

An introduction to Thai music providing audio examples and written text. Maintained by Center for Southeast Asian Studies Northern Illinois University.

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Bibliographies & indexes

Titles subscribed to by SOAS

RILM: Abstracts of Music Literature

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature provides indexing and abstracts for scholarly music related material in over 100 languages. Covers over 500 scholarly journals. Also includes: books, bibliographies, catalogues, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, Festschriften, films, videos, concert reviews, recording notes, and pedagogical manuals. Off-site access for SOAS students & staff with Athens usernames and passwords.

Titles available for free off-site from the Senate House Library

International Index to Music Periodicals

IIMP offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of music journals covering the full range of subject areas ranging from early music, ethnomusicology, rock, rap and jazz. Off-site access for SOAS students and staff using a ULRLS Library Card obtainable from the Senate House Library.

Other freely available bibliographies & indexes

Encore!

An online union catalogue of sets of performance music (both vocal and orchestral) in British libraries. A simple or advanced search can be performed. Created by the United Kingdom and Ireland Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML UK & Irl).

Ensemble: Towards a Distributed National Resource for Music

UK cross-institutional project to enhance and sustain the research library base for music through the creation of computerised bibliographic records of printed music.

Ethnomusicology Bibliographic Guide

Bibliography including periodicals, dissertations and theses, glossaries, discographies, and audio-visual resources.

Golden Pages:

Music Journals and E-journals Extensive list of links to journals of interest to musicians, music theorists and musicologists.

More information

Online bibliographies & indexes (general)

About bibliographies & indexes

Search tips

Finding material in SOAS library

Finding material in other libraries

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Internet Gateways

About.com: World Music

Offers features about ethnic music, plus annotated links to selected relevant Internet resources compiled by a subject specialist, a subject-specific bulletin board, and details of related news and events.

Academic Info : Music History Gateway

An online subject directory of educational resources

African Music Resources Online

List of links to African music and ethnomusicology resources, created by Institute of Ethnology and African Studies.

Digital Librarian: Music

A selection of digital resources on the Web relevant to Music.

Golden Pages Links for Musicians on the Web

Useful gateways created by the Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Intute: Arts & Humanities: Music

Extensive music links with descriptions. Created by a network of UK universities and partners.

Music at UCC Web Resources Musicology General Index

A useful site for links to music and musicology.

Internet Resources in Music

A useful gateway created by the University of California Santa Barbara Libraries.

Jewish Music WebCenter

Gateway to Jewish music resources with a guide to research books held in U.S. libraries.

MusicSearch

Internet music only search site.

New York Public Library Selected Music Resources on the Internet

Extensive index of music resources, covering music licensing and publishing, libraries, archives, professional organisations and societies.

Resources in Ethnographic Studies

A collection of resources in anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, and folklife, created by the Library of Congress.

Sibelius Academy Music Resources

Useful gateway for all types of music.

Voice of the Shuttle: Music

One of the premier sites for widely-linked pages related to humanities research.

Web Sites of Interest to Musicologists

Extensive listing of music resources covering dissertations, music libraries and catalogues, journals, opera, song, orchestras and composition.

ANTHROPOLOGIE, ARCHIVE, Ethnologie Archives

Freely available sources

African Music Encyclopedia

An online encyclopaedia of African music and world music.

Cecilia
An online guide to music collections in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland, administered IAML (UK & Irl).

Dictionary of African composers

An alphabetical list of African composers. Provides biographical information about the composers in question and includes details of works and musical styles and influences. Edited members of staff of the Music Department of the University of Pretoria.

Dmoz: Open Directory Project

Large and useful directory of the Web, constructed and maintained by a vast global community of volunteer editors.

Glossary of Musical Terms

Short descriptions of terms, covering musical instruments, forms and terminology.

Hyakka Ryouran Hougakujin

Directory of Japanese traditional music performers. Provides audio examples and video clips.

Instrument Encyclopedia
A very useful encyclopedia with illustrated articles on musical instruments of the world, arranged by instrument type, by Sachs-Hornbostel classification headings and by country of origin.

International Directory of Musical Instrument Collections

This Directory is jointly provided by Comité International des Musées et Collections d’Instruments de Musique (CIMCIM) and the American Musical Instrument Society.

Music Glossary

Searchable glossary of musical terms, which are also arranged by subject.

National Anthems of the World

Collection of national anthems for countries throughout the world arranged alphabetically. Includes travel information, news, and details of flights and accommodation for each country.

Sibelius Academy: Musical Instruments
Index to selected resources related to a wide variety of musical instruments.

SIBMAS: International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions

Directory of international institutions with material relating to the performing arts (theatre, opera, music, ballet, film, circus, radio, television, cabaret, and pantomime).

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

A useful glossary compiled by the staff at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

World Anthem Database

Lyrics to National Anthems of Countries Words (with English translations) to the national anthems of the world.

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Other free journals

More information

Athens usernames & passwords
Electronic journals (general)
EBSCOhost

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News

BBCi Music

Contains latest news, reviews, concert listings, features and links for all the main music genres.

Musical Traditions

Online magazine and news information for traditional music of the world.

Musi-Cal

Musical events calendar, with access to live music information worldwide: concerts, festivals and other musical events.

Q4 Music

Latest music news and reviews

Texts, Reports and Other Publications

African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920

Part of the Library of Congress American Memory collection, this collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920.

Chinese music

Short introduction to the classical music forms of China online.

Chinese Traditional Music Online

An online introduction to Chinese traditional music provided by the China People Promotions.

Museum of Musical Instruments

Virtual museum, displaying examples of 19th and 20th Century musical instruments. Collections currently concentrate on various types of guitar.

Music in the Culture of Northern Afghanistan

Written by Mark Slobin based on his research project undertaken by Mark Slobin at Wesleyan University 1976.

Musical Instruments Described

Brief descriptions of a range of musical instruments, arranged alphabetically by name, and accompanied by an illustration.

Musical Traditions

Online publication for traditional music of the world.

World Anthem Database: Lyrics to National Anthems of Countries

Words (with English translations) to the national anthems of the world.

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Recordings and Related Sites

Africa Focus: Image and Sound Collection

This online collection is maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Completed in March 2000, the collection contains more than 3,000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sound of songs and singing from forty-five countries.

African Music

A small internet site providing sound examples of Shona mbira music, Mandinka balafon music, Xylophone music of Ghana and Chopi timbira music.

AfricanMusicSource.com

Traditional West African Hilife music with sound clips.

Audio and Three Dimensional Sound Links

Links to 3D and Spatial Sound related resources on the Web. Reference, research, educational, tools, people, commercial systems and products. Links to other 3D related and general audio lists and patent resources.

British Library Sound Archive: Online Resources

Provides links to sound archives and industry organisations in the UK and overseas.

Buddhist Music and Chants

Buddhist sound files provided by the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ethnomusicology Instrument Collection

Digital collection of musical instruments from the ethnomusicology archives at the University of Washington Libraries. Sound recordings and performance clips may also be available.

Far Side Music Ltd.

Primary source for music from Japan, Okinawa, and other East Asian countries. Sound samples are also available.

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa

Information about gamelan music created by a Javanese gamelan performing ensemble based in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Provides audio examples and written text.

Golden Pages: Music Processing Software

Selected links to resources relating to music processing software.

Great Empire of China

Audio archive of Chinese music on the internet.

Hyakka Ryouran Hougakujin

Directory of Japanese traditional music performers. Provides audio examples and video clips.

Hougaku Land

An online guide to the Japanese traditional music. Provides audio examples.

Indonesian Gamelan

An introduction to Indonesian music providing audio examples and written text. 

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

Established in 1969 to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. Links to other organisations and related subjects.

International Library of African Music at Rhodes University

A research institution devoted to the scientific study of African music and the oral arts in Africa. Includes online music, other African music sites, news, etc.

Iranian/Persian Music

Provides audio examples.

Japanese songs

Collection of Japanese songs and music, arranged by titles, composers, songwriters and subjects.

Library of Congress: Recorded Sound Reference Center

Links to SONIC and online recordings. Excellent source for Afro-American music

MP3

Collection of free high-quality music in MP3 format, as well as spoken word, and audiobooks. Genres covered include blues, classical, country, folk, dance, electronic, experimental, hip hop, rap, jazz, swing, pop, reggae, ska, punk, rock, and heavy metal.

Multicultural Media

Contains descriptions of CDs, videos, books, and CD-ROM of world music and dance organised into geographic regions including: Africa, the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Middle East/West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania.

Music from Korea

Site for free download of Korean music.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Searchable database for all the original Folkways recordings, including world music.

Songs of China’s Cultural Revolution

Audio archive of Chinese songs on the internet. All songs are in MP3 format.

Thai music

Thai Music An introduction to providing audio examples and written

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