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Audio and Video Resources at OU

A guide to audio and video resources available to the OU community.


Classical Music in Video contains 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video, approximately 1,500 performances in all. Browse by Title, Instrument, Performers/Ensembles, Time Periods, Publishers, Composers, Genres, or People. When a video is selected the user has the option of turning Closed Captioning on or off, reading a transcript, or jumping between tracks.

Naxos Music Library offers streaming access to nearly135,000 classical music CDs and over two million tracks, both standard and rare repertoire. Search by Composer/Arranger/Lyricist, Genre and Music Catagories, Country, Artist, Instrument, Performing Group, Period, or Label, and limit to a range of Year Composed or Duration. While the bulk of the collection consists of classical recordings, other genres are also represented, including Pop and Rock, Folk Legends, Gospel, and Spoken Word.

Smithsonian Global Sound includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It 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. Browse by Titles, Instruments, Performers/Ensembles, Publishers, People, Cultural Groups, Genres, or Places. Related Documents for albums provide PDF files of liner notes.

Performing Arts

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection consists of over 300 important dramatic works in streaming audio, featuring performances by leading stage and screen actors. Playwrights range from Shakespeare to Sam Shepard. Works were adapted for radio and performed for live audiences. Browse by Title, Playwright, Director, Performers, Subjects, or Genre, or search the entire collection. Accompanying "Liner Notes" contain PDF versions of the original program and the script.