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Online Audio Collections

The library subscribes to several databases of on-demand streaming audio which users can access from any location.  (Off-campus users will be prompted to enter their Texas State user name and password.)

American Song (from Alexander Street Press)
A history-focused database that “allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past,” namely American roots music and pre-1960 American popular music.  Represented genres include country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, and shape note singing.

Classical Music Library
(from Alexander Street Press)
Features over 50,000 streaming audio tracks (representing over 1,800 composers). A large portion of the core classical repertoire is available, often in multiple renditions for comparative study.  Many of the tracks can be downloaded for purchase.  Users can also create personal playlists.

Contemporary World Music
(from Alexander Street Press)
This collection “delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent,” featuring important modern genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, and Arab swing, as well as many traditional music genres - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.

(from Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc.)
DRAM (which used to stand for “Database of Recorded American Music,” but has expanded beyond that) is focused on “hard-to-find yet culturally and academically important music" from such labels as New World Records, CRI, Albany, innova, and Cedille.  Provides on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio, plus complete original liner notes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives.