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The Ethnomusicology Archives is home to more than 50,000 recordings and films documenting global and local musics and sounds across a range of traditions (click here to search). The Archives is for everyone: UW students and faculty, Indigenous and other community members, music and film producers, scholars, musicians, and fans. Please note: most of our collections are not digitized or available online. Physical access to the Archives is limited and by appointment only. Contact the curator here with questions.
Voices of the First People
Voices of the First People honors the life and work of Vi Hilbert by making accessible audio and video that are part of her collection in the Archives.
Seattle Free Jazz Vibes
In 1971, Seattle's Milton Simons (1923-1973) formed the band Jasis and recorded an album with Paul Dusenbury (piano and flute), Milt Gerard (bass), Jimmie Williams (drums). The masters came to UW as part of Kearney Barton’s archive. We’ve posted them below for your own spontaneous academic journey. And if free jazz is your go-to study soundtrack, check out John Coltrane Live in Seattle (UW NetID needed).
Global Field Recordings
Global Field Recordings
Unique field recordings from UW and UCLA. UW content features recordings made by UW ethnomusicology founder Robert Garfias and includes music from Bali, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Laos, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Nicaragua, Mexico, Myanmar, the Philippines, Romania, Zimbabwe and beyond. The Adam Matthew product also includes interviews, notebooks, slides, correspondence and ephemera (UW login required).
Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain
Smithsonian Global Sound
Smithsonian's Global Sound
A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Contains over 3,000 albums from over 30 publishers and archives, including Folkways, Cook Records, and ARCE in Gurgaon, India.
Crocodile Cafe Collection
5 years of unique live audio and video recorded at the Crocodile Café by audio engineer Jim Anderson between 2002 and 2007, with 2,000+ artists performing in a variety of contexts: indie rock to punk, shoegazer to noise, hip-hop to math rock. Click here for more info:
John Blacking's "How Musical is Man?"
Barton on Light in the Attic
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