British Library world and traditional music archive is now free online!

The British Library has just placed its entire world and traditional music sound archive online for free access.

The archive includes over 28,000 recordings dating back as far as 1898 and includes recordings made in such diverse locations as Botswana, Nepal, Kiribati and, er, England. The word ‘music’ is used here in the sense employed by John Cage, encompassing such things as an Assamese woodworm chewing on a window frame. All recordings are available free of charge for non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment.

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