Monday, 7 September 2009

[creative-radio] British Library releases 23,700 rare audio tracks online


British Library releases 23,700 rare audio tracks online
The British Library has made 23,700 rare music and sound recordings from
its massive collection, reputed to be one of the largest sound archives in
the world, available for free online.
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Archival Sound Recordings

Archival Sound Recordings is the result of a development project to
increase access to the British Library Sound Archive's extensive
collections. The British Library holds one of the world's foremost sound
archives with a collection of over 3.5 million audio recordings. These
come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound
from music, drama and literature, to oral history, wildlife and
environmental sounds. You can search and browse information about all the
sounds held in the British Library at our online catalogue.

This website delivers a selection of that rich audio heritage in the form
of tens of thousands of digitised recordings and their associated
documentation. If you were to listen to all the recordings on this site
for eight hours each day, every day, it would take you around four years
to hear them all!

World and traditional music

Collections from Africa (general)

* Arthur Morris Jones Africa Collection

Collections from eastern Africa

* Kenneth Gourlay Uganda Collection
* Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection
* Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Collections from southern Africa

* David Rycroft South Africa Collection
* Hans-Joachim Heinz Botswana Collection

Collections from western Africa

* Decca West African recordings
* Giles Swayne Senegal Collection

Collections from Asia (general)

* Colin Huehns Asia Collection

Collections from South Asia

* Guy Adam and Niel Nicholson Nepal Collection
* James Kippen North India Collection
* Music from India
* Nicholas Pierce Balochistan Collection

Collections from Australasia

* George Kingsley Roth Fiji Collection
* Raymond Firth Tikopia Collection
* Simon Seligmann Kiribati Collection

Collections from Europe

* Traditional music in England

Miscellaneous collections

* Ethnographic wax cylinders

Arts, literature and performance

* African writers' club
* Early spoken word recordings
* ICA talks
* St Mary-le-Bow public debates

Classical music

* Browse by repertoire
* Browse by performer
* Browse by conductor
* Browse by date

* Bach
* Beethoven
* Brahms
* Chopin
* Haydn
* Mozart

Environment and nature

* Amphibians
* British wildlife recordings
* Soundscapes

Jazz and popular music

* Oral history of jazz in Britain

Oral history

* Art, photography and architecture
* Early spoken word recordings
* Eminent scientists
* History of the Common Cold Unit
* Jewish survivors of the Holocaust
* Oral history of jazz in Britain
* Oral history of recorded sound
* St Mary-le-Bow public debates

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