The library is excited to provide access to streaming music through four new databases:
African-American Song – The first online resource to document the history of African American music in an online music listening service. The collection contains a diverse range of genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, among others.
American Song – Contains 50,000 tracks that allows people to hear and feel the music from America’s past. The database includes 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.
Classical Music Library – Along with Searching, users can Browse by composer, artist, conductor, ensemble, instrument, genre, period, label and recording date, and Browse by category – chamber, instrumental, orchestral, opera & operetta, Sacred, stage & screen, and vocal & choral.
Contemporary World Music – Contains 50,000 tracks that 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.
Smithsonian Global Sound – A virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions, including the published recordings owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 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 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 (ARCE).
All of these resources allow for free streaming of music; downloading music is on an individual basis for a fee.