Tag Archives: Audio

‘Art of the States’ – American music in streaming audio

Art of the States” is an interesting website, showcasing American composers and performers, and providing streaming audio (in RealPlayer format) of many works. You can search by composer, performer, instrumentation, time period, or genre. There is also an extensive list of links related to composers, performers, labels, and publishers (it is somewhat buried, under “About Art of the States>>Resources”).

The site also offers some interesting feature presentations, which cover some aspect of music in the collection. For example, the most recent feature offers composer John Harbinson providing an overview of his String Quartet No.3. This item dates from May 2008, so it appears that updates are infrequent. RSS feeds are offered on the website, allowing users to subscribe and be notified with updates when new content is added to the site (for a good intro to using RSS feeds, see this link).

One feature of interest to composers and performers is that the site accepts submissions, for inclusion on the website, and for distribution via broadcast radio networks. Note that Music Dept. faculty Fred Lerdahl and Arthur Kampela have works included on the site. Take a listen!

Tips on Naxos Music Library for Macs

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Recently, Naxos Music Library, one of the streaming audio databases available through the Libraries, updated its interface. One of the changes is the availability of the Silverlight media player (from Microsoft), which may help in improving off-campus access, specifically if you are using a Mac.

I noticed before I downloaded and installed the Silverlight player that when I would launch an audio playback window in Naxos Music Library, it would hang and not play back. After installing Silverlight (via the download link available from the Naxos playback window), playback was restored, and working again.

Please let us know by email at music@libraries.cul.columbia.edu (or post a comment here) if you experience problems accessing Naxos Music Library (or any other music resource), or have questions about using them.

Reminder: Naxos Music Library, and other electronic audio and music-related resources from the Columbia University Libraries, may be accessed from off-campus by full-time students, faculty, and staff only.