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The Global Jukebox

The Global Jukebox is a site based on the audio archive of Alan Lomax, famed ethnomusicologist who collected traditional folk music of cultures around the world. There are many ways to browse: by map, by culture, or by “journeys” where you can track your personal heritage musically and make a family tree of songs.

About the site: “The Global Jukebox presents traditions that are linked to the roots of the world’s peoples. Alan Lomax called it a “democratic cultural system”. The visitor may explore collections of music, dance, and speech from almost every corner of the globe, recorded by hundreds of pioneering ethnographers at times when mass communications were less pervasive than now.

The Global Jukebox explores connections between families of expressive style. One can travel the world of song, dance and language through the Wheel Chart and the Map. Thousands of examples of the world’s music, dance and other expressive behavior will now become available. The Global Jukebox is presented as a free, non-commercial, educational place for everybody, students, educators, scholars, scientists, musicians, dancers, linguists, artists and music fans to explore expressive patterns in their cultural-geographic and diasporic settings and alongside other people’s. By inviting familiarity with many kinds of vocalizing, musicking, moving, and talking, we hope to advance cultural equity and to reconnect people and communities with their creative heritage.”

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Are you an artist? Learn how to incorporate other work into your own.

It’s called Fair Use. Learn how to mix, collage, and use things that inspire you into your own work without infringing on copyright. Check out the infographic below.

From the College Art Association on the topic of Fair Use in the Visual Arts:

For centuries, artists have incorporated the work of others as part of their creative practice. Today, many artists occasionally or routinely reference and incorporate artworks and other cultural productions in their own creations. Such quotation is part of the construction of new culture, which necessarily builds on existing culture. It often provides a new interpretation of existing works, and may (or may not) be deliberately confrontational. Increasingly, artists employ digital tools to incorporate existing (including digital) works into their own, making uses that range from pastiche and collage (remix), to the creation of new soundscapes and lightscapes. Sometimes this copying is of a kind that might infringe copyright, and sometimes not. But whatever the technique, and whatever may be used (from motifs or themes to specific images, text, or sounds), new art can be generated.

PRINCIPLE: Artists may invoke fair use to incorporate copyrighted material into new artworks in any medium, subject to certain limitations:


  • Artists should avoid uses of existing copyrighted material that do not generate new artistic meaning, being aware that a change of medium, without more, may not meet this standard.
  • The use of a preexisting work, whether in part or in whole, should be justified by the artistic objective, and artists who deliberately repurpose copyrighted works should be prepared to explain their rationales both for doing so and for the extent of their uses.
  • Artists should avoid suggesting that incorporated elements are original to them, unless that suggestion is integral to the meaning of the new work.
  • When copying another’s work, an artist should cite the source, whether in the new work or elsewhere (by means such as labeling or embedding), unless there is an articulable aesthetic basis for not doing so.


Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

jazz_logo_1Along with the many books about jazz music that feature criticisms, histories, and biographies in the library’s collection (which you can find by searching the Online Catalog) did you know that the library also has sound recordings and DVDs available for check out? Whether you’re a music lover or a jazz neophyte learn more about this uniquely American musical style with documentaries, live footage collections, and audio by and about many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century.


Check out Ken Burns 2001 PBS documentary Jazz, companion book Jazz: A History of America’s Music, and CD Ken Burn’s Jazz: The Story of America’s Music.


films on demand

You can also watch Ken Burns PBS Documentary Jazz through the Films on Demand Database. Remember to log in to Esearch first.


series5box4web_goldCheck out this multivolume set of live video footage of jazz greats including John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Nina SimoneDizzie Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and more by Reelin’ In The Years Productions.


jazz smithsonianCheck out Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology,  a 6 disc set featuring 111 tracks.



alexander street music

Listen to streaming music online. The Alexander Street Music Online database has an extensive collection of Jazz recordings including 39 sub-genres. The Naxos Music Library database also has a Jazz section.Log in to Esearch for access.