This modern, digital world of ours can be a wonderful place, and that’s no more evident than in resources such as these where you can click yourself through to an amazing variety of music and sounds. They are available to one and all here in the Library, and if you’re a registered Victorian user you can sit back in the comfort of your own home and go on some fabulous armchair journeys!

Alexander Street World

World music has, over the last 10 to 15 years, become a truly global popular phenomenon, and this remarkable database from Alexander Street Press (well over 16,000 albums) is a great way to submerge yourself in the musical culture of just about any region you can think of. Here are just a few to whet the appetite:

Pan, 1996
Pan, 1996
LYRCD, 1993
LYRCD, 1993
Airmail Music, 2008
Airmail Music, 2008

 

Arc, 2000
Arc, 2000

 

Alexander Street Song

The American popular song, and its antecedents, continues to have a major impact on popular music around the world. This incredibly rich and varied database from Alexander Street Press delves back into its 19th century origins via Native American and African American forms, right through to the formative years of more modern genres such as rock, jazz, country, etc., etc., almost ad infinitum! I even found recordings of Rita Hayworth singing Blue City Blues and Deanna Durbin warbling away at Always! Here are a few irresistible things to get your started:

Rounder Records, 1998
Rounder Records, 1998
Specialty Records, 1970
Specialty Records, 1970
Rounder Records, 1999
Rounder Records, 1999
Concord, 2004
Concord, 2004

 

Biograph, 2003
Biograph, 2003

I could go on……

(Check out some of our other audio and video databases here.)

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