Tag Archives: sound recordings

Over 16,000 sound effects made available for free from BBC library

(24 April 2018) The BBC has made its sound effects archive available to the public for free for the first time. The archive incorporates effects used by the corporation’s radio output since the 1920s – that tallies up to a staggering 16,000 sound effects. However there is one important reservation on its usage: as per […]


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Approximately 300 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) are newly available online

(21 December 2017) On December 21, the National Diet Library (NDL) made approximately 300 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. Examples of sound recordings: 『ジョスランの子守唄』…A recording of “Berceuse de Jocelyn” by the tenor Yoshie Fujiwara, who established The Fujiwara Opera, accompanied by the Milan Scala Orchestra 『ピアノ独奏: ラ・カムパネラ』…A recording […]


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Alexander Street curates rare sound recordings

Field recordings supported with film footage, photographs and notes offer new insights for ethnomusicologists and music majors (26 June 2017, Alexandria, VA) Alexander Street is connecting researchers with previously unpublished historic field recordings and supporting materials in its new collection, Ethnographic Sound Archives Online. This resource enables new insights for the study of music in […]


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650 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) are newly available online

On November 10 2016, the National Diet Library, Japan, made approximately 650 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. They include works composed by Kosaku Yamada, Kiyoshi Nobutoki and Gento Uehara. Their copyrights have expired this year. The full announcement is here.


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British Library’s pledge to save the nation’s sounds secures £9.5 million boost from Heritage Lottery Fund

(20 May 2015) The British Library has received earmarked funding for a £9,568,900 bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (including a £215,900 development fund) to help to save the nation’s sounds, and open them up online for everyone to hear. The funding will enable the British Library to digitise and make available 500,000 rare, unique […]


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English version of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) is released

(21 January 2015) On January 21, the NDL launched the English version of a special web site of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion). The user interface (e.g., advanced search interface, help page) of the database and a part of the Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings are available in English. * Search keywords must be […]


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Historical Recordings Collection special website started by Japan’s NDL

(27 March 2013) On March 15, the NDL started providing a special website of the Historical Recordings Collection. The Historical Recordings Collection is one of the collections of the NDL Digitized Contents. On the new website you can search efficiently the sound collection. For example, it enables you to search by genre such as Japanese […]


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