Smithsonian Global Sound

Smithsonian Global Sound is a database offering streaming music over the internet on demand. It is produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and includes the published recordings owned by that label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. The collection ranges from blues to children’s songs, American folk to spoken word and sounds, and is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Playlists can be created by any user of the database. Liner notes and cover art are included.

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The Library currently has a limited subscription that allows for three simultaneous users only.


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Images and Sound

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