100 Greatest Singers of All Time - Rolling Stones article (11/27/2008): Blue-ribbon panel of 179 experts ranks music's finest vocalists. Includes playlist selections of each artist's music, along with commentary.
120 Years of Electronic Music - Charts the development of electronic musical instruments from 1870 to 1990. A comprehensive set of links is also provided.
(Le) Poisson Rouge - A multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate [158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY]. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue's mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.
Acoustic Fingerprint - An acoustic fingerprint is a condensed digital summary, deterministically generated from an audio signal, that can be used to identify an audio sample or quickly locate similar items in an audio database. Practical uses of acoustic fingerprinting include identifying songs, melodies, tunes, or advertisements; sound effect library management; and video file identification. Media identification using acoustic fingerprints can be used to monitor the use of specific musical works and performances on radio broadcast, records, CDs and peer-to-peer networks. This identification has been used in copyright compliance, licensing, and other monetization schemes.
Album Liner Notes - Liner notes completely, fully and faithfully transcribed from the original albums or CD's of the recordings, which were released by the record company.
All About Jazz - Ultimate guide to jazz: news, reviews, interviews, artist profiles, gallery, festivals.
All Access - Music news, talk, industry directory, Arbitron.
AlbumCredits - A fast, easy way to find production and performance credits from more than one million CDs and LPs. Thousands of profiles of recording professionals and performers, each with a complete discography, timeline and career statistics. A platform for recording professionals and performers to manage their discographies and generate a custom direct link to their profiles. Start your search.
American Music Center (AMC) - AMC advocates for the community through NewMusicBox, its award-winning web magazine, and Counterstream Radio, a 24-hour online station broadcasting music by a broad range of United States composers. AMC supports the community by making grantsto composers and ensembles each year, and by offering professional development resources for new music professionals. AMC connects the community through an array of information services, and through engagement with the broader performing arts field, including the AMC Online Library, a vast, searchable database of more than 50,000 works by American composers; publications compiling opportunities in new music and other information useful to industry professionals; and benefits and services for nearly 2,400 members in all fifty states and twenty-five countries around the world.
American Roots Music - PBS site. Explore the roots of American music: blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, cajun, zydeco, tejano and native American.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) - Membership association of more than 410,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. Also see ASCAP's ACE Title Search. ACE is a database of song titles licensed by ASCAP in the United States. For each title, you can find the names of the songwriters, publisher contact information, addresses and, in most cases, phone numbers. For many titles, you will also find the name of the band or artist.
America's Best Political Songs - Listing with links to audio. Compiled by Prof. Taylor E. Dark, Department of Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles.
Archives of Traditional Music - The Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University is the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the U.S. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, and include commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.
Auto-Tune - A proprietary audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies. Auto-Tune uses a phase vocoder to correct pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise off-key inaccuracies and mistakes, and has allowed singers to perform perfectly tuned vocal tracks without the need of singing in tune. While its main purpose is to slightly bend sung pitches to the nearest true semitone (to the exact pitch of the nearest tone in traditional equal temperament), Auto-Tune can be used as an effect to distort the human voice when pitch is raised/lowered significantly.
Barbicon: Music - Jazz, classic, contemporary, world music. London's multi-arts and conference venue.
Battle Hymn of the Republic, The - A hymn by American writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song John Brown's Body. Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of time (New Testament) with the American Civil War. Since that time it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.
Best Ever Albums - Establishes the greatest music albums of all time by using critical sources and calculating a ranking based on the rank and number of times an album has appeared in a 'greatest album' chart.
Billboard - Music business and news, charts, archives, and artist features, for rock, pop, country, jazz, rap, hip hop and more. Also see The Hot 100.
Billboard.biz - Billboard charts, record and album sales, concert tours plus news on branding and music publishing.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) - A music performing rights organization that represents songwriters. BMI collects money from people who use music in the course of their business, then pays that money to the writers and publishers of the songs. Also see:
Search BMI - Search through thousands of news stories, features, podcasts, licenses, events, and other information.
Search the Repertoire -Search BMI's catalog of more than 6.5 million musical works and more than 375,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers.
Cafe Songbook - Devoted to the songs of The Great American Songbook, the songwriters who created them and the artists who perform them. Cafe Songbook is like most music cafe's in that it has its stage, albeit virtual one, on which the music is performed; however, unlike most cafes and clubs, it is not a place where one featured entertainer or group performs a slate of of songs, but rather where one song is presented by a slate of performers. And, through "the magic of the internet," the performances of the song range over time from close to the moment when the song was created until some time close to the present.
Canadian Music Centre (CMC) - Canada's largest collection of Canadian classical music works. The CMC exists to promote the works of its Associate Composers in Canada and around the world. The Centre makes available on loan over 15,000 scores and/or works of Canadian contemporary classical music composers through its lending library. The CMC sells more than 700 CD titles featuring music of its Associate Composers and other Canadian independent recording producers. The Centre also offers an on-demand printing and binding service, music repertoire consultations, and is easily accessible through five regional centres across Canada, as well as through its website.
CastAlbums - Discography of musical theatre recordings and resources for collectors.
Central Box - High quality music videos, but registration, participation and contributions required.
Centre for Political Song - Promotes and fosters an awareness of all forms of political song; an appreciation of the role of political song in the social, political and cultural life of communities; and to facilitate research in all relevant areas of study.
Classical Archives - The largest classical music site on the web. Hundreds of thousands of classical music files. Most composers and their music are represented. Biographies, reviews, playlists and store.
Classical Music Navigator - Compiled material on classical music composers and their works. This service consists most basically of five compilations of material: (1) a master, alphabetically-arranged, "Composers" list (containing basic data, major works, and influences) of 500 individuals; (2) a "Basic Library" list of works culled from this master list (and re-arranged by musical genre); (3) a "Geographical Roster" in which the names of the 500 composers are listed under the names of the countries with which they were (/are) associated; (4) an alphabetically-arranged "Index of Forms and Styles" listing the names of composers associated with each subject entry; and (5) a "Glossary," which defines terms used here.
Classical Net - Features more than 9000 pages and 20,000+ images including more than 6000 CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray and book reviews and over 5500 links to other classical music web sites. Use the Classical Composer Index to help locate specific composers quickly. The Classical Explorer is a place to discover works by lesser-known composers, and, occasionally, lesser-known works by well-known composers. Also see:
Cosmopolis Music Archives - Pop, rock, world music, jazz, classical music, biographies of composers and musicians, CD, book and concert reviews.
CTSIMAGES - Specializes in jazz and blues photography licensing, research and appraisals representing many renowned collections. Photography research and placement for major record companies' reissue programs such as Verve Records, BMG, Sony, Mosaic Records as well as documentary films and books relating to historic jazz and blues music. The collections represent vintage 1920's through 1970's. With the exception to jazz which ranges from the 20's to present.
Curtis Intstitue of Music - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). Educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project - The UCSB Library has several major collections of cylinders. The Todd Collection consists of approximately 6,000 cylinders, ranging from brown wax to late Blue Amberols. It is especially strong in two- and four-minute Edison wax cylinders. The Blanche Browning-Rich Collection consists of approximately 1,200 Blue Amberol cylinders from unplayed dealer's inventory, acquired by the library in 2002 from the Rich family of Ogden, Utah. The collection of the late author and discographer William R. Moran is especially strong in operatic cylinders, including many Edison rarities. The Library of Congress and Bowling Green State University also contributed cylinders to the project for digitization. The Fred Williams collection consists of over 1,000 cylinders of concert and military band recordings. The Edouard Pecourt collection contains over 3,000 French cylinders. Other smaller collections of cylinders have been acquired from various donors.
Disc Doctor, The - Provides the finest no-rinse fluid available for cleaning vinyl phonograph recordings.
Discogs - Comprehensive electronic music database, with discographies of labels and artists cross-referenced. A community-built database of music information. Excellent search engine.
Dismuke's Virtual Talking Machine - Devoted to vintage music from the early decades of the 20th Century. All recordings have been transcribed into streaming Real Audio from original 78 rpm discs.
DJ Music Mixer - Audio mixing engine, Features in clude utomated MP3 mix and beat matching, real time effects, sampler, smart looping, pitch shifting, video mixing, CD ripper, audio extractor, remove vocals from any music track.
Dolmetsch Online - The Dolmetsch Workshop is the most tangible aspect of a craft and music-making tradition stretching back to the 1880s when Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940), French-born but of Swiss origin, moved to London to begin a lifetime's study of early music and of the instruments for which it was written.
eLyrics - More than 50,000 songs and 1,500 singers/bands.
EMI Music Publishing - Represents the world's most comprehensive catalog of contemporary music - over 1.3 million songs ranging from chart-topping pop hits to classic R&B and everything in between. Music is streaming online.
EMP Museum - Dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretative, interactive exhibition with cutting-edge technology, EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock 'n' roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock's influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres.
Folk Song Index - An index to traditional folk songs of the world with an emphasis on English-language songs. Each entry includes the song title, first line of chorus, first line of verse, and full bibliographic information on the source. The index contains over 42,700 entries, and, to date, indexes over 2,225 anthologies.
Freemuse - Advocate for free expression in music, opposing censrship from the apparantly benign to the overtly extreme.
G. Schirmer/AMP - An American classical music publishing company based in New York City, founded in 1861. G. Schirmer's growth has paralleled the history of contemporary music, becoming the United States' foremost music printer and one of the most respected music publishers in the world - nearly half of the Pulitzer Prizes in Music Composition have been given to composers published by G. Schirmer/AMP. This website lists extensive information regarding composers and their compositions, including their biographies, worklist and instrumentations, program notes, press reviews, and links to other websites.
Goldman Record Cleaning System, The - Developed for safe use with shellac 78 RPM recordings, acetates, and Edison Diamond Discs as well as vinyl, and marketed to sound archives, libraries, and recording engineers as well as "dedicated collectors.
Grammy Museumm (Los Angeles) - Explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the Grammy Awards.
Grove Music Online - Compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Grove Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.
Guitar Notes - Everything about guitar: MP3, guitar tab, lessons, luthiers, music shops, favorite guitarists, and more - 5000+ guitar links, 25,000+ classifieds and auctions links, 100,000+ tabs & MP3s.
Harmonica Links - Everything harmonica on the web- blues harp, diatonic, chromatic harmonica. Also, link up to harmonica players, vendors, manufacturers, instruction, MIDI/audio sites, and more.
Harry Smith Archives - In 1952 Folkways issued Smith's multi-volume Anthology of American Folk Music. The Anthology was comprised entirely of recordings issued between 1927 (the year electronic recording made accurate reproduction possible) and 1932, the period between the realization by the major record companies of distinct regional markets and the Depression's stifling of folk music sales. Released in three volumes of two discs each, the 84 tracks of the anthology are recognized as having been a seminal inspiration for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960 (the 1997 reissue by the Smithsonian was embraced with critical acclaim and two Grammy awards). Traditional American music was only one of Smith's musical interests. From the late 1940s, he was a passionate jazz enthusiast, going so far as to create paintings that are note-by-note transcriptions of particular tunes. He spent much of the fifties in the company of jazz pioneers like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk. Smith's involvement with recording continued into the sixties and seventies as he produced and recorded the first album by the Fugs in 1965. His long term friendships with many of the Beat writers led to the release of Allen Ginsberg's First Blues in 1976 as well as unreleased recordings of Gregory Corso's poetry and Peter Orlovsky's songs. Smith spent part of this era living with groups of Native Americans, and this resulted in his recording the peyote songs of the Kiowa Indians (Kiowa Peyote Meeting, Folkways, 1973).
Heard on TV - User contributed community of music heard in your favorite TV shows.
History of Rock and Roll (1954-1963) - Explores the roots of rock in such a way as to illuminate the natural progression of musical styles: "This page begins with the African musical traits brought here beginning in 1619 and attempts to trace their fusion with the European music brought here by the colonists. The story of this musical interaction is also the story of American popular music and includes the plantation songs of Stephen Foster, the ragtime of Scott Joplin, the blues of Bessie Smith, the jazz of Count Basie, and the jump bands of Louis Jordan. The knowledge of the stream of American popular music allows one to understand that rock and roll was a natural result of the combined forces that affected the music."
Hit Quarters - Presents the world's top record company A&R's, managers, publishers and producers, including their contact info & track records.
IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana - A search and discovery system for accessing sheet music from the Indiana University Lilly Library, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society.
Indie Bible - Directory for independent recording artists.
International Guitar Research Archive (IGRA) - The IRGA's long awaited Guitar Music Collection of Vahdah Olcott-Bickford. This catalogue contains detailed bibliographic information on one of the most important guitar music print collections ever to be assembled by one person, that of, Vahdah Olcott-Bickford, 1885-1980. The majority of the prints date from c.1800 to 1930 with the main body centering around 1850. These are prints that were published throughout the world, with one-fourth of the collection printed in the United States. Manuscripts from the pen of de Fossa, Holland, Romero, Ferrer and numerous others are listed. More than 8,000 titles have been entered into the database, listing more than 5000 artists and containing 30 MB's of information.
International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) - IPAM's collections comprise the world's most extensive concentration of piano recordings, books, scores, programs and related materials, including the archival papers of many great keyboard artists.
Irving Fine Collection - The career of Irving Fine (1914-1962), composer, conductor, writer, and academic, is documented in the Library of Congress Music Division by approximately 4,350 items from the Irving Fine Collection. Comprising manuscript and printed music, sketchbooks, writings, personal and business correspondence, scrapbooks, programs, clippings, and sound recordings, the collection contains most of the creative work of this colleague of Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.
iTunes Guide - Getting the most out of your iTunes experience may require an investment in time to actually organize the content in your iTunes library, ensuring that the proper information is filled in for your media content and building an intelligent set of playlists to help you find and enjoy your favorite content more effectively. This article provides information for both the novice and the more experienced iTunes user to help you understand how to best catalog and organize your content in iTunes, enrich it with album art, and then build playlists that reflect your own needs and interests and then transfer that information to your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV to get the most enjoyment out of your music and video content.
Jazz Archive Site - Displays jazz discographies, jazz photos and record labels of 78rpm jazz records. A tool for jazz historians, jazz researchers, discographers and writers.
Jazz Discography Project - Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside Records (the big three labels of modern jazz); bebop, cool/west coast, hard bop/mode, free jazz musicians; Miles Davis' personal connections, and more. Extraordinary search capability.
Jazz Studies Online - Presents a wide range of digital resources - journal articles, book chapters, magazines, teaching materials, talks, internet links, and performances.
Joe Smith Collection at the Library of Congress - Contains over 225 recordings of noted artists and executives and is a veritable who's who in the music industry. They include Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Elton John, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Sting, Tony Bennett, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Dick Clark, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, David Geffen, Mickey Hart, Harry Belafonte and many others. All types of popular music are represented-from rock 'n' roll, jazz, rhythm & blues and pop to big-band, heavy metal, folk and country-western.
John Brown's Body - Originally known as John Brown's Song. An American marching song about the abolitionist John Brown. The song was popular in the Union during the American Civil War. The tune arose out of the folk hymn tradition of the American camp meeting movement of the 19th century.
Jug Band - A band employing a jug player and a mix of traditional and home-made instruments. These home-made instruments are ordinary objects adapted to or modified for making of sound, like the washtub bass, washboard, spoons, stovepipe and comb & tissue paper (kazoo).
Let's Sing It - One of the largest lyrics archives on the web plus the latest artist news, biographies and pictures.
Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation's founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. The user can listen to digitized recordings, watch performances of artists interpreting and commenting on American song, and view sheet music, manuscripts, and historic copyright submissions online. The site also includes biographies, essays and curated content, interactive maps, a timeline and teaching resources offering context and expert analysis to the source material.
Lied and Art Song Texts Page, The - Extensive archive of texts to thousands of Lieder (more specifically, Kunstlieder) and other 'classical' art songs in more than twenty languages.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives - Serves Philharmonic staff and outside researchers through collecting, preserving, and making available materials that document the full spectrum of activities throughout the history of the Los Angeles Philharmonic dating to its founding in 1919.
Music Associates of America (MAA) - Services several leading American and European music publishers and distributors in the administrative and promotional sectors. Maintains a select roster of composers, including a number of Pulitzer Prize winners, that it serves. In tending to the needs of different creative artists, the MAA's function is akin to the literary agent's role in behalf of authors and playwrights.
Music of the Baroque - Derived from the Portuguese barroco, or “oddly shaped pearl,” the term “baroque” has been widely used since the nineteenth century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750. Comparing some of music history’s greatest masterpieces to a misshapen pearl might seem strange to us today, but to the nineteenth century critics who applied the term, the music of Bach and Handel’s era sounded overly ornamented and exaggerated. Having long since shed its derogatory connotations, “baroque” is now simply a convenient catch-all for one of the richest and most diverse periods in music history.
MusicTheory.net - Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators.
Musicals101 - The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film written and compiled by John Kenrick.
MusiCares - Provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
MusicBrainz - A community music metadatabase that attempts to create a comprehensive music information site.
Musicians without Borders - Uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war. Works closely with local musicians and organizations to build sustainable projects in response to local needs.
MusicMoz - A comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. We list, and accept submissions of, music-related reviews, articles, factual information, biographies, and websites.
Musicweb International Resources - These are major resources exclusively available on MWI, and include some previously published books that are no longer available in hardcopy. Also provided are Discographies & Review Indexes; Columns, Commentaries & Themed Articles; and various Link Lists.
National Sawdust - A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike
New Music Links - 11,000 links to other new music sites provided by pianist Thomas Moore at UMBC.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center houses the world's most extensive combination of circulating and non-circulating reference and research materials on music, dance, theatre, recorded sound, and other performing arts.
Official Charts Company - Responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distributing and management of the UK's official music and video chart.
Online Trombone Journal - Dedicated to the advancement of the trombone, its literature, and pedagogy by using the technologies of the Internet to share thoughts, ideas, information, and philosophies pertaining to it.
Opera Companies - A listing of the most important opera companies in the world -- by virtue of their long history and size -- from Wikipedia, along with additional information and resources. To search more inclusive lists of opera companies by location see the following:
Orel Foundation - Maintains the world's most valued web site on the topic of music suppressed by the Nazis. Encourages the performance of this music by professional and pre-professional musicians. Serves as a major resource through its web site and through consultation for musicians and organizations seeking information and guidance in the preparation of programs featuring music by suppressed composers.
Photographs of the Golden Age of Jazz: William P. Gottlieb - In 1938 Gottlieb began working for the Washington Post, where he wrote and illustrated a weekly jazz column - perhaps the first in a major newspaper. After World War II he was employed as a writer-photographer for Down Beat magazine, and his work also appeared frequently in Record Changer, the Saturday Review, and Collier's. During the course of his career, Gottlieb took portraits of prominent jazz musicians and personalities, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton, Ray McKinley, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, and Benny Carter. This online collection presents Gottlieb's photographs, annotated contact prints, selected published prints, and related articles from Down Beat magazine.
Pianopedia - Search engine designed for piano teachers and students, as well as performing pianists. It can be used to explore the repertoire in search for new works to learn and perform. It also serves as a detailed reference source for the classical piano repertoire.
Piero Scaruffi - History of jazz, rock, pop, avante-garde. Best of classical, jazz, rock, etc., music lists.
Pierrot Lunaire - A melodrama by Arnold Schoenberg. It is a setting of twenty-one selected poems from Otto Erich Hartleben's German translation of Albert Giraud's cycle of French poems of the same name. The première of the work, which is between 35 and 40 minutes in length, was at the Berlin Choralion-Saal on October 16, 1912, with Albertine Zehme as the vocalist. Download the Erika Stiedry-Wagner,1940 recitation here.
PRS for Music Foundation - UK funder of new music across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £14 million to over 4,000 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programs that support music sector development.
Public Domain Music (PD Info) - A reference site to help identify public domain songs and public domain music. Royalty free music you can use anywhere and any way you choose: performance, sing-along, film, video, advertising, business, or personal.
RadiOM - Offerings include interviews with some of the most influential composers of our time including Lou Harrison, Brian Eno, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Anthony Braxton. Radiom also provides concerts, sound poetry performances, lectures and documentaries in classical music, jazz, experimental music and other forms. The material you will find here is gleaned from thousands of hours of audio recordings from KPFA-FM radio in Berkeley (1949-1995), and concerts and talks produced by Other Minds in San Francisco (1993-2005).
Rambles.NET - Discover roots and world music, from old-time acoustic to electric folk-rock, ranging from the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, France and Spain to the nations of Africa, North America and Scandinavia, as well as the flourishing traditions of jazz, bluegrass and blues. Also provides directory of musicians and concert reviews.
RE/Search: Incredibly Strange Music - Surveys the territory of neglected "garage sale" records (mostly from the '50s-'70s), spotlighting genres, artists and one-of-a-kind gems that will delight and surprise. Genres examined include: "easy listening," "exotica," and "celebrity" (massive categories in themselves) as well as more recordings by (singing) cops and (polka playing) priests, undertakers, religious ventriloquists, astronauts, opera-singing parrots, beatnik and hippie records, and gospel by blind teenage girls with bouffant hairdos. Virtually every musical/lyrical boundary in the history of recorded sound has been breached; every sacred cow upturned.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) - Record company membership organization working to protect its members intellectual property rights worldwide and the First Amendment rights of artists. Conducts consumer, industry and technical research. Monitors and reviews state and federal laws, regulations and policies.
Redferns Music Picture Library - This is one of the most comprehensive music photo libraries available, spanning artists and eras, from 19th-century classical composers to pioneering jazz and blues musicians and the hottest alternative, rock, country and hip hop performers of today.
RoJaRo - A key to articles, discographies, live-/record-reviews in the music press worldwide from January 1992 to date, incorporating record label information. Rock, jazz, roots, blues, country, gospel, soul, rap, metal, reggae, punk, world music, progressive, folk, and more.
Roots of the Grateful Dead - This site contains information, articles and reference material about the songs that the Grateful Dead have performed and recorded, focusing on the origins and evolution of songs that were not written by the band.
Royal Opera House - The Royal Opera House is the third theatre on the Covent Garden site. Its history began in 1728 when John Rich, actor/manager at Lincoln's Inn Fields, commissioned The Beggar's Opera from John Gay. The success of the venture provided the capital for the first Theatre Royal at Covent Garden, designed by Edward Shepherd.
Sound and Music - UK agency for new music whose work includes composer and artist support and development, partnerships with a range of organisations, live events and audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education.
Sound Online Inventory and Catalog (SONIC) - This Library of Congress Recorded Sound Collection contains some 2.5 million audio recordings including multiple copies. Published and unpublished recordings, contained on a variety of physical formats representing the history of sound recording from late nineteenth century cylinders and discs to the latest digital files, include radio broadcasts and spoken word, as well as vocal and instrumental music. The scope of music exemplified by the collection is vast in depth and breadth. The unique 1898 recordings of whistler Milton Clark by disc-recording pioneer Emile Berliner, the Carter Family's 1928 hit Wildwood Flower, Bob Dylan singing Hard Rain's Gonna Fall at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, Ellington's Take the A Train, The Beatles' Hard Day's Night, Bob Marley's Rastaman Vibration, Michael Jackson's Thriller, and Ricky Martin's number one Latin album of 1999, Vuelve, are filed alongside great moments in the history of recorded Western classical music.
Southern Music Network - Learn about Rock & Roll, Jazz, Blues and Country in our decade by decade exploration ofsouthern music in the 20th century.
Stagger Lee - The song and myth of Stagger Lee. Over 400 different artists have recorded this song since the first recording in 1923.
Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound - The Archive houses more than 200,000 recordings and over 4,000 print and manuscript items. Almost every format developed to record sound may be found here: wax cylinders, shellac and vinyl discs, acetate and aluminum transcription discs, magnetic wire recordings, tapes (analog, digital, and audio cassette), compact discs, and laser discs. The Archive maintains an extensive reference collection of books and periodicals on the history and development of the sound recording industry and its major figures. Original record manufacturers' catalogs, liner notes, photographs, and clipping files are also available for research.
Stanton's Sheet Music - Offers sheet music for concert band, jazz, choral, vocal, piano, guitar tabs, methods, solos and ensembles. Sheet music downloads available online. Also see it's Listening Library.
Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments (University of Michigan, School of Music) - Holds over 2,500 pieces of historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world, the largest assembly of such artifacts in North American universities. Among its holdings are the trumpet collection of Armando Ghitalla, former principal trumpet player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and University of Michigan faculty member; a collection of violin bows from Jerry Tetewsky; as well as the first commercially produced Moog synthesizer and the RCA theremin used during the WXYZ broadcasts of the Green Hornet from 1936-1952. Search the collection.
Steinway & Sons - For 150 years, Steinway has been making some of the finest pianos in the world.
Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments - There are two published catalogues documenting the holdings of the Stearns Collection. The first is entitled, Catalogue of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, and was written by Professor Albert A. Stanley in 1918, with a second edition published in 1921. Additionally, current Professor and Chair of Musicology James M. Borders published a catalogue in 1988 entitled European and American Wind and Percussion Instruments: Catalogue of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, University of Michigan. All of the content from both of these catalogues has been incorporated into the searchable online catalogue.
Teploff's Music Collection - "When somebody is engaged in collecting he tries to find any interesting information about the subject. Looking through internet I've found that the most interesting pages are thematic private sites and I decided to share the material I have. There is a lot of information on my site (more then 3000 author's biographies, more then 5500 texts of of songs, more then 13500 links to internet resources about separate authors). It can be interesting not only for me. I recommend to look through my links to universal internet musical resources with comments."
Truesound Online Discography Project - "The aim of this page is to make information about early discs and cylinders recorded acoustically (i.e. without electronic amplification) available, as well as asking for corrections and additions from collectors. Documentation on these early recordings is scanty - in the 1920s, much was simply thrown out when the new electric recording technique made them obsolete (except for some that were considered to be exceptionally important), and two World Wars together with the economical upsets following them have done their part in destroying the companies who made these records, both economically and physically. This is the reason while for several years now, the author of this page has assembled a database (currently listing some 392,000 sides) of all the bits and pieces of documentation he has come across. This would not have been possible without the unselfish and dedicated help of many collectors, among whom I must mention Michael E. Gunrem (France), John Humbley (France), Alan Kelly (England), Roberto Marcocci (Italy), Mike Loughlin (USA), Michael Quinn (Australia), Hugo Strotbaum (Netherlands), and Axel Weggen (Germany), without forgetting the numerous others who have helped and are still helping by writing in the literature and on the web, and by providing copies of old company catalogues, lists of their holdings, or allowing us to have a look at their collections."
TuneFind - Find songs you've heard on television or in movies.
UCLA Music Library - Music dictionaries and encyclopedias, directories, finding aids, journals, periodicals indexes and abstracts, reference resources. The Music Library's Special Collections include rare books and scores, manuscripts, archives, and the Archive of Popular American Music. Important holdings include eighteenth-century opera scores and librettos, collections of ballads and songs of the British Isles, film and television music archives, and music manuscripts and archives of Southern California composers and musicians, including the Ernst Toch Archive and the Eric Zeisl Archive.
Urban Think Tank - A nonpartisan, community-based home for a body of thinkers in the Hip Hop generation that analyzes and frames political, economic and cultural issues, particularly those of concern to people of color, from the perspective of the Hip Hop generation.
VEVO - Watch high quality music videos from your favorite artists for free.
virtualWOMEX - Virtual trade fair for world music on the internet. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.
Voices Across Time, the Teacher's Guide - Designed to help teachers use historic American songs as primary sources to supplement any secondary American Social Studies, Language Arts, and Music curriculum. Each unit contains a background essay describing what was going on in U.S. history and music during that time; a visual timeline to connect the songs with historical events; and a bibliography of print and web resources for further information. Each song has a brief background essay on its history, its meaning, and its composer; lists of suggested classroom discussion questions and activities; lyrics; music score (a facsimile of the original edition, whenever possible); and a recording. (For works with restricted copyrights, the guide offers recommended recordings and other sources that are commercially available.)
WholeNote - A free on-line community and education-based site for guitarists.
Wikipedia - Excellent resource for artist or song information.
Wire, The - Music zine that also provides artists, record label, festival, net radio, zine and publishing, organizations, and related non-music resources.
World Music Central - A world music website combining current news; CD, book and film reviews; artist profiles/discographies, resources such as glossaries and descriptions of musical instruments, and listings of world music festivals, record labels, booking agents and media (radio, press, TV and online media).
World Music Charts Europe (WMCE) - The WMCE were founded in May 1991 by 11 radio-producers from 11 countries on behalf of the World Music Workshop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Once a month radio specialists from 23 European countries select their individual top ten favourites out of current world music releases from their playlists and mail them to Berlin. The nominations are processed in a data-base and the top ten is then published as the World Music Charts Europe.
Zu Casa - Resources for experimental and improvised music communities around the world.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.