Streamed Audio

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University of Rochester faculty, students, and staff have unlimited access to the Naxos Music Library, a streamed audio service, which includes access to not only every recording on the Naxos label (even those that have gone out of print), but several other labels-both classical and jazz-have significant portions of their catalogs digitized.

The list of classical labels who have joined with Naxos includes Marco Polo, Da Capo, Analekta, ARC, BIS, CBC, Celestial Harmonies, First Edition, and Hanssler Classic.

The jazz/R&B/roots music portion of the catalog comprises the Fantasy group of labels (Pablo, Original Jazz Classics, Prestige, Milestone, Stax/Volt, Riverside, Jazzland, Specialty, Takoma, Kicking Mule, Debut, Contemporary/Good Time Jazz, Bluesville, and others).

The Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) is a not-for-profit streamed audio resource providing CD quality audio, complete and original liner notes and essays from New World Records, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and other important labels. DRAM offers on-demand, high-quality (192kbps/MP4) streaming access to complete works. DRAM is accessible only at the Eastman School of Music, but does not limit the number of users at any one time.

As of 2007, there are over 1,500 CDs (9,800 compositions) in DRAM. DRAM provides a unique collection of works by contemporary composers, many not available from any other source. Composers represented range from Milton Babbitt to Joan Tower to John Cage on New World, CRI and other labels. Recent releases feature Henry Brant, Carl Ruggles, Harry Partch, Charles Ives, Christian Wolff, Gordon Mumma, David Tudor, Julius Eastman, and Ben Johnston.

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Cylinder recordings, the first commercially produced sound recordings, are a snapshot of musical and popular culture in the decades around the turn of the 20th century. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the UCSB Libraries have created a digital collection of over 10,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or streamed online. On this site you will have the opportunity to find out more about the cylinder format, listen to thousands of musical and spoken selections from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and discover a little-known era of recorded sound.