Smithsonian Global Sound® is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions and produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Smithsonian Global Sound® is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions and is produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The collection provides educators, students and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity and preservation of diverse musical forms.
The database includes an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word and natural and human-made sounds. Users browse, search, click and then listen to the music over the Internet through their headphones or speakers. Specially developed, controlled vocabularies will enable users to browse by musical instrument, geographic area, cultural group and other fields.
The service incorporates three key teaching tools designed to direct students toward course-related music:
Course folders: Librarians and educators can organize and share course music with students in a secure and simple way. This tool can either tie-in with an existing digital audio reserve or be used as a stand-alone access point.
Static URLs: All course folders and individual recordings reside at permanent URLs that can be sent to students by e-mail or posted to online teaching applications such as Blackboard or WebCT.
Custom play lists: Users can create and save their own password-protected play lists.
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