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Streaming Audio Databases

Streaming audio is a method of delivering audio signals to your computer over the Internet. Instead of downloading an audio file before being able to listen to it, you are able to hear the sound as the audio signal arrives at your computer. As the data arrives it is buffered for a few seconds before playback begins. As the audio plays, more data is arriving (or streaming) and as long as the data is streaming the sound will continue to play.

The streaming audio databases listed below are available by subscription, and remote or off-campus access is restricted to UCB students, faculty, and staff and governed by Conditions of Use. In order to access these resources from off-campus please consult the Library's Proxy Server Service. (You do not need the proxy server if you connect to the Internet through the UC Berkeley network: in a campus or library building, a residence hall, or via AirBears.)

American Song is a history database that encompasses American musical genres such as country, folk, bluegrass, old time, blues, and gospel. The database also includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Liner notes to all of the albums are included, as well as static URLs to each track and album in the database.

Database of Recorded American Music contains audio files of over 1200 CDs, featuring 7500 compositions of classical music, folk music, opera, jazz, country music, early rhythm and blues, musical theater, experimental music, electronic music, early rock and Native American music from the United States. This broad spectrum of American music is derived from recordings available on the New World Records label, as well as works of contemporary classical American music from labels such as CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening, and Mutable. QuickTime 6.5.2 or later required.

Classical Music Library "...is a fully searchable classical music resource—a comprehensive database of distinguished classical recordings. It includes tens of thousands of licensed recordings...ranging from the earliest Gregorian chants to works by modern composers—including symphonic music, vocal and instrumental music, choral works, and other forms. Content is published under licensing agreements with more than 30 music labels, including major labels and independents, with ongoing license negotiations adding to the range of available tracks."

Smithsonian Global Sound is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. "It includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other 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.

Naxos Music Library is a comprehensive collection of Western classical music. "It includes the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues of over 170,000 tracks, including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music." While listening, you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's database. Also available is a separate Naxos Music Library Jazz, including thousands of titles of the Fantasy catalogue and Naxos Jazz.

NB. When you finish using Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz please click the LOGOUT button at the upper right corner of the screen. This will help allow access for another UCB listener.


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