Richard Maxfield Collection now streaming online

The Archive of Recorded Sound at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity is delighted to announce that the Richard Max­field Col­lec­tion (ARS.0074) can now be lis­tened to online, via the collection’s find­ing aid on the Online Archive of Cal­i­for­nia

This col­lec­tion fea­tures nine dis­tinct works by the pio­neer­ing Amer­i­can elec­tronic music com­poser Richard Max­field, com­posed between 1959–1964, four of which are believed to be pre­vi­ously unpub­lished (Dromenom, Elec­tronic Sym­phony, Suite from Peri­pateia, and Wind). Addi­tion­ally, as Max­field fre­quently pro­duced unique edits of his work for each per­for­mance, many of the open tape reels that form this col­lec­tion include alter­na­tive edits to those pre­vi­ously pub­lished, such as the tapes for Amaz­ing Grace which fea­ture three dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the work.

You can read more about Max­field and this col­lec­tion on the Stan­ford Libraries Blog -

390,000 new tracks in American Song

Start explor­ing 390,000 new tracks added to the Amer­i­can Song collection!

No joke. We just added 390,111 com­pletely free tracks to your Amer­i­can Song online lis­ten­ing collection.

How do we even begin to tell you about it all? Why don’t you dive in and see for yourself.

High­lights include:

  • Songs by Roo­sevelt Sykes, B.B. King, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, and Al Dex­ter & His Troopers
  • Ranch Records, Clas­sic Blues & Rhythm, JSP Records, Amer­i­can Coun­try Hits Records, Essen­tial Media Group, and hun­dreds more labels
  • New sub­gen­res includ­ing zydeco, doo-wop, delta blues, and Nashville sound

Plus, this audio is search­able right along­side your pre­ex­ist­ing con­tent, with fea­tures including:

  • Seman­tic facet brows­ing. Nar­row results by dis­ci­pline, release date, lan­guage, label, per­former, and more.
  • High-definition audio. Stream tracks at up to CD qual­ity (320kbps), so you don’t miss a note.
  • Wave­form view. Use the audio wave­form view to cre­ate pre­cise audio clips, then share them with your col­leagues, class­mates, or the world.
  • And much more.

Writing Consultations for Graduate Students Available this Summer

Are you work­ing on an arti­cle, per­sonal state­ment, con­fer­ence pro­posal or other graduate-level writ­ing this sum­mer? We are pleased to announce that the Ode­gaard Writ­ing and Research Cen­ter will offer drop-in writ­ing help for grad­u­ate stu­dents in the Research Com­mons this sum­mer.  Drop-in con­sul­ta­tions are Thurs­days from 12PM-1:30PM through August 14.



Dissertation Boot Camp in the UW Libraries Research Commons

Dis­ser­ta­tion Boot Camp in the UW Libraries Research Commons

Sat­ur­day, Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m.–4:30p.m. 
Doc­toral Stu­dents: Are you at the begin­ning, or about to begin the dis­ser­ta­tion writ­ing process? Have you hit a road-block? You need boot camp! The Dis­ser­ta­tion Boot Camp in the Uni­ver­sity Libraries Research Com­mons is an inten­sive full day of talks and break­out ses­sions tai­lored to your needs as a dis­ser­ta­tion writer. Top­ics for these ses­sions may include: cita­tion man­age­ment, tools for pro­duc­tiv­ity and project man­age­ment, find­ing grad­u­ate fund­ing, sub­mit­ting your dis­ser­ta­tion elec­tron­i­cally, open access pub­lish­ing, deal­ing with writ­ers block, and more. 

Reg­is­ter now → 

A $15 fee will be charged at reg­is­tra­tion, and will cover the cost of your lunch and mate­ri­als.
To help us tai­lor and set the pro­gram to your needs, please be sure to answer the ques­tions on the Sur­vey sec­tion of your registration. 


Drop-in Writing Help for Graduate Students

Are you work­ing on a con­fer­ence pro­pos­als, arti­cle for pub­li­ca­tion, pre­sen­ta­tion, the­sis or dis­ser­ta­tion this sum­mer?  The Ode­gaard Writ­ing and Research Cen­ter has offered to hold drop-in con­sul­ta­tions for grad­u­ate stu­dents in the Research Com­mons this sum­mer. Tutors will be avail­able in Booth A every week, Thurs­days 12:00 — 1:30pm, from June 26 (tomor­row) - August 14.  Read more about the details at

Coming Soon: UW Libraries Search Beta

Over the past year we have been work­ing with our ven­dor to improve UW Libraries Search beta, largely based on your input.  For the sum­mer quar­ter, we’re launch­ing it as our default search inter­face on the UW Libraries home page, with the inten­tion of get­ting more wide­spread user feed­back.  UW World­Cat will remain avail­able via a tab above the main search box on the Libraries homepage.

Among the new fea­tures and improvements:

  • Cita­tion tools are inte­grated into every record so that you can eas­ily copy and paste a cita­tion from the most pop­u­lar cita­tion styles.

  • Perma­links” that pro­vide sta­ble URLs that you can save or share.

  • Loca­tion fil­ters that allow you to nar­row your results to items in a par­tic­u­lar build­ing, such as Ode­gaard Under­grad­u­ate Library or the Music Library.

  • View only those items that are cur­rently avail­able, rather than items that are already checked out.

We value your feed­back and we’re com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide excel­lent ser­vice to sup­port your teach­ing and research.  Please con­tact us with your com­ments and questions.

Daniele Gatti conducts a memorial concert for Claudio Abbado

Yes­ter­day evening, at the Dres­den Music Fes­ti­val and web­cast live on, Daniele Gatti was con­duct­ing a memo­r­ial con­cert for Clau­dio Abbado. Last Jan­u­ary, his depar­ture sad­dened us all, leav­ing the whole musi­cal world very lonely. At the begin­ning of the year, in an inter­view given by Mas­simo Bis­cardi (for­mer artis­tic con­sul­tant to the Orches­tra Mozart) for The Econ­o­mist, this lat­ter declared that Clau­dio Abbado “was a great men­tor to younger con­duc­tors like Gus­tavo Dudamel, Daniel Hard­ing and Daniele Gatti.” Yes­ter­day, per­form­ing along­side the con­duc­tor, was the great mezzo-soprano Wal­traud Meier, singing among other songs the ‘Urlicht’ (from Mahler’s Res­ur­rec­tion Sym­phony), that she had recorded in 1994 in a ref­er­ence ver­sion with Clau­dio Abbado; and the Mahler Cham­ber Orches­tra, a world-renowned orches­tra founded with the sup­port of the very much lamented con­duc­tor. Mahler was, with­out any doubt, one of Clau­dio Abbado’s favourite com­posers. And so, this month, we also sug­gest you a selec­tion of works shed­ding light on how influ­enced by Wagner’s works Mahler was. Both were keen on orches­tras of gar­gan­tuan pro­por­tions, with many brass instru­ments, as well as long silences and long-held melody tones, chro­mati­cism… Later this month, enjoy for the third year in a row the Flâner­ies Musi­cales de Reims and its con­certs of young tal­ents (very recently, true stars were revealed there, such as Beat­rice Rana and Edgar Moreau), a rare opera by Rossini, and aThird Sym­phony by Mahler (yes, still him!) con­ducted by the Bolshoi’s new musi­cal direc­tor Tugan Sokhiev, in Toulouse. Last, but def­i­nitely not least, on July 6th, while the entire world will be keep­ing their eyes riv­eted on Brazil, will be in São Paulo to web­cast Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 9 con­ducted by Marin Alsop, dur­ing the World Cup.

UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music now available in Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

The entire UNESCO Col­lec­tion of Tra­di­tional Music series, recently acquired by Smith­son­ian Folk­ways, is now avail­able in Smith­son­ian Global Sound for Libraries!  Lis­ten now.

We have just released all 127 albums (1,637 tracks) in their entirety.[0]=place_facet%3ASmithsonian%20Folkways%20Recordings/Audivis-UNESCO&sort_by=real_title_sort&sort_order=ASC

A full list of the albums released can also be found here:

A lit­tle bit about this collection:

Orig­i­nally pub­lished between 1961 and 2003, the UNESCO Col­lec­tion of Tra­di­tional Music com­prises of more than 125 albums from around the world. Out of print since 2005, the entire col­lec­tion, includ­ing many pre­vi­ously unre­leased record­ings is now avail­able in its entirety from Alexan­der Street Press. With record­ings from more than 70 nations, the UNESCO Col­lec­tion of Tra­di­tional Music offers a stag­ger­ing diver­sity of our shared humanity.

The United Nations Edu­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Orga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) launched the series in col­lab­o­ra­tion with eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gist Alain Daniélou (1907–1994) and the Inter­na­tional Music Coun­cil (IMC). Col­lab­o­ra­tion con­tin­ued more recently with the Inter­na­tional Coun­cil for Tra­di­tional Music (ICTM). The UNESCO Col­lec­tion of Tra­di­tional Music stands as one of the ear­li­est achieve­ments of UNESCO’s pro­gram for safe­guard­ing and revi­tal­iz­ing intan­gi­ble cul­tural heritage.