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New! Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)

Music researchers and aficionados will find the Libraries newest online resource a sound investment of their time.

DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing CD quality audio, complete and original liner notes and essays from New World Records, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and other important labels. DRAM offers the educational community on-demand, high-quality (192kbps/MP4) streaming access to complete works. DRAM is accessible to anyone at a participating institution.

Currently, there are over 1,200 CDs (7,500 compositions) in DRAM. The basis for the current collection is the diverse catalogue of American music recordings by New World Records. From folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond, New World has served composers, artists, students and the general public since its inception in 1975 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. DRAM also includes music from other contributing sources, including the CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening and Mutable Music labels. In the future, alliances with other major and independent labels and archival sources will be crucial to enhancing DRAM's role of serving the needs of serious music scholars.

The database covers recordings issued from 1976-2006 but also includes repertoire, including vernacular musics, originating from as far back as the early to mid-nineteenth century. The database is updated as new independent record labels are licensed.

Users can access DRAM from the front page of the Libraries website, either through IRIS or by following the path : Research Resources > Indexes and  Databases > Arts and Humanities > Music > DRAM.

Posted March 6, 2007