Provides a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. Also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies. Produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Users may also create, view, and share your own custom playlists in a free account available for registration set up within the database.
The following system requirements are common to all platforms and browsers:
- Audio enabled: computers require soundcard and speakers/headphones
- Internet connection, with at least 56kbps bandwidth
- Firewall rules should allow MP3 and Windows Media content
- Firewalls are required to have port 1755 open
Additional information on basic system requirements for both PC and Mac platforms is availabe on the site.