Monthly Archives: February 2012

It’s (Streaming) Music to Your Ears

Like to listen to music on the go?

Explore the Libraries' streaming audio databases.

The Libraries offer several databases which feature streaming audio, in a wide variety of musical styles. One easy way to find these is the click on the "E-Resources" tab from the main Library Web page, and then select "E-Music". You can also search under the "Databases" search tab on Library Web, by the title of any individual database listed below.

You can listen to streaming content from these databases from any computer with audio in the Libraries or on-campus, or from off-campus (via UNI login).

Here's a list of the current databases offering music as streaming audio (including the URL you should use if you want to bookmark the resource, to be recognized as a Columbia subscriber, using your UNI to connect from off-campus):

American song  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio6955638)

Classical music library  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio5165005)

Contemporary world music  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio6955677)

Database of recorded American music (DRAM)  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio5020426)

Music online. Jazz music library  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio7803372)

Naxos music library  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio4793226.002)

Naxos music library. Jazz.  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio5517003)

Smithsonian global sound for libraries  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio5359185)

 

You may notice, as you browse, that many of the above titles are from Alexander Street Press. They offer a cross-search function, which searches across their audio databases (but also includes their other content, such as music scores and text). It's available at:

 

Music Online  

(http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio7818203)

 

Note that many of these databases offer a choice of bitrates for listening – choose the highest, whenever possible, for better audio quality! You'll often see this option in the pop-up player window which launches when you play a track. It's not always set to the highest setting.

 

You'll also find results in CLIO, for content in Naxos Music Library and Classical Music Library (including the jazz collections). This is convenient because you can search for music in CLIO and see both sound recordings available in the Libraries, and streaming audio content available. You can launch playback directly from within the CLIO record. Note, however, that the records for this content are loaded in periodically to CLIO, not continuously, so the most up-to-date search for the content of any particular database is through that database's search function.

 

Get to know the streaming audio databases, and let us know what you think! Comments, questions, problems can be sent to musiclibrary@columbia.edu.

Note: the listening device pictured above is for illustrational purposes only. Professional listener in a controlled space. The Libraries do not recommend the use of such a device for home and/or unsupervised use.

The Digital Humanities Center presents…


New Questions, Methods, and Collaborations
Please join us for the next Digital Humanities talk with a presentation by Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

Tuesday February 21, 2012 | 12:00 – 1:30pm | 523 Butler Library | Refreshments served

Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. CNI, based in Washington, DC, is an institutional membership organization that advances the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. She has been with CNI since 1990.
At CNI, Joan has provided leadership for programs in teaching and learning, assessment, learning spaces, and collaboration among professional groups. She is a widely published author and frequent conference speaker. She is chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries New Publications committee, past chair of the editorial board of College & Research Libraries News and is on the boards of portal and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). She serves on the Advisory Board of the Horizon Report, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Seeking Evidence of Impact project, and the Academic Commons. She has served as a consultant to many academic libraries for their information/learning commons projects.