At a glance

Archive of Recorded Sound

Streaming media

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American Song American roots music and pre-1960 popular songs What's new Help
Classical Music Library Western classical music What's new Help
Contemporary World Music Genres from all regions around the globe What's new Help
DRAM Contemporary American classical music What's new Help
Jazz Music Library Jazz What's new Help
Naxos Music Library Jazz Jazz  What's new Help
Naxos Music Library Western classical music What's new Help 
Smithsonian Global Sound World music, including Smithsonian Folkways releases What's new Help
Alexander Street Press Search all Alex Press databases    

  Video Live and archived performances, documentaries and artist profiles What's new Help
Naxos Video Library Concerts, operas, ballets, and documentaries   Help
Dance in Video Performances, coaching sessions, interviews, and more What's new Help
Docuseek2 Documentary films; a small but growing number about music What's new Help
Kanopy Includes several hundred music films on various topics and cultures What's new  

Free online audio resources

Stanford connections

Christopher Costanza performs the cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach
Robert Huw Morgan performs the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach
Riverwalk Jazz - streaming jazz and blues radio programs

Sounds from Europe:

All of Bach (Bach from the Netherlands. a new performance each week, forever!)
Europeana Sounds (Sounds from museums, archives and libraries throughout Europe)
Opera Platform (free streaming operas, launched in 2015)

Historical music recordings

The National Jukebox (Library of Congress--see all online sound recording collections at the Library of Congress)
The Cylinder Digitization and Preservation Project (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Belfer Cylinders (Syracuse University)
The Virtual Gramophone (National Library of Canada)
La Phonobase (in French)
Stradivari Quartet/Iowa String Quartet (University of Iowa)

Downloads for sampling, mashing, podcasting

Free Music Archive
CC mixter
Free Sound Effects

Spoken words

American Leaders Speak (recordings from World War 1 and the 1920 election at the Library of Congress)
U.S. History Out Loud
Supreme Court of the United States Audio Archives
The Poetry Archive
Internet Poetry Archive (University of North Carolina)


Historic Naval Sound & Video
Bug Bytes (digitized insect sounds)
Macaulay Library audio archive of biodiversity
Internet Archive - Audio Archive
Western Soundscape Archive (field recording archive)