Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives
Listen to Music Online
Subscription Streaming Audio Collections (Access for BGSU students, faculty and staff only)
- Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library includes all of the Naxos, Marco Polo, Dacapo, BIS, Chandos, CPO, Hänssler, and Hungaroton catalogues, as well as recordings from several other labels. Altogether, the holdings currently consist of almost 800,000 tracks from over 50,000 CDs, with new releases added each month. Users may stream a wide variety of classical, jazz, new age, and world music from on or off campus. You may search the collection or browse by title, genre, or broader categories. The site also includes a reference area with sections such as opera synopses, opera libretti, and a pronunciation guide. See Naxos’s homepage for details on system requirements, and watch the ML/SRA blog for troubleshooting tips. Professors may use Naxos to create playlists centered around a course’s content. This feature requires an additional password; please talk to Susannah Cleveland in the ML/SRA for details.
DRAM is a collection of more than 3000 albums of modern music from 26 labels. Labels include New World, CRI, Albany, Innova, and several others. Genres range “from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond.” It is possible to find materials by searching or by browsing in nine different categories. Technical requirements are available on the DRAM website. Reference materials, such as essays, bibliographies, and discographies provide context and starting points for further research.
- American Song
American Song includes recordings of tens of thousands of songs relating to a wide range of American social and ethnic groups, social movements, and historical periods. Included are songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. There are songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and anti-war protests. The genres encompass country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, blues, gospel, shape-note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others on a variety of labels, including Rounder and Smithsonian Folkways.
- OhioLINK Music Center
The OhioLINK Music Center contains streaming tracks from the Naxos label, currently more than 78,000 tracks and 21,000 works. Classical music is represented most heavily, but the collection also includes world music, spoken word, jazz, and Chinese music. We recommend accessing the collection through Firefox; the collection does not work consistently with Explorer now. Let us know if you run into problems listening to this collection.
Streaming Audio Collections with Free Access
- American Memory from the Library of Congress: Music
Highlights from collections at the Library of Congress
- Art of the States
An online project dedicated to providing access to recorded music from the United States
- The Belfer Cylinders Digital Connection
Digital audio files of cylinders from Syracuse University's Belfer Archive
- Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
A collection of digitized cylinder recordings available for streaming from the University of California, Santa Barbara
- Free Music Archive
"A social music website built around a curated library of free, legal audio," curated by WFMU, KEXP, ISSUE Project, and others
- National Jukebox
Free streaming from the Library of Congress: "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."
Sponsored by Other Minds, includes selections from broadcasts of "KPFA-FM radio in Berkeley (1949-1995), and concerts and talks produced by Other Minds in San Francisco (1993-2005)" streamed; requires free registration