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This database is described as "a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms."

You can browse or search this vast musical archive.

Browsing options include: Country, Genre, Cultural Group, Language, musical Instrument, Artist name, Ensemble, Album title, and recording Label.

Musical categories include:
>> Please click here to access Smithsonian Global Sound.
Access Options:


This database can be accessed from any of Thrall Library's public Internet or research computers.

Concerning access outside the library:

Members of Middletown Thrall Library may log in to this service using their library barcode.

To log in: Please type Ramapo Catskill Library System in the Search by Institution Name search box.

After you select the Ramapo Catskill Library System option, please enter your Thrall library card barcode number (without spaces) in the Library Card Login box that will appear.

Tips & Special Features:


Try the "Advanced Search" at the top of the database page for more specific search options, such as the name of a performer, country, music genre, song title, or keyword.

An interesting feature of this service is that you can arrange favorite artists and tracks into personal "Playlist Folders."

To access this option, click the "Playlist" tab at the top of the page when the database appears.

Playlists require a simple registration and an e-mail account so that after you log into the database (at home, for example), you can further customize and access content you enjoy, while other friends or family members using the computer can do the same without disturbing your playlists.
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Technical Considerations:
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If you would like some assistance in using this database or finding any information, please speak with one of our librarians at the Reference Department or contact us:

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