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Web Site on Sound and Soundscapes

This is an interesting web site on sound and soundscapes.

Sound Libraries – Institutional and Collaborative Libraries

Borror Library of Bioacoustics – Hosted at Ohio State University. Has recently completed digitizing of their entire collection, which is especially rich in bird species (over 900). Samples are being prepared for sampling over the internet. http://blb.biosci.ohio-state.edu/

British Library National Sound Archive Wildlife Section – The British Library Sound Archive’s wildlife collection is the largest of its kind in Europe and the most comprehensive in the world. Established in 1969 as the British Library of Wildlife Sounds, the collection now holds more than 150,000 scientifically organised and documented recordings of all classes of sound-producing animals from every zoogeographical region. http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/sound/wildsounds/wildlife.html

The California Library of Natural Sounds (CLNS), located at The Oakland Museum of California, is a comprehensive regional collection of nature sounds, with a particular emphasis on California species and environments. It is located in the Natural Sciences Department of the Oakland Museum. Recordings in the library include insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, environmental sounds and natural sound ambiance’s from a variety of habitats. For a nominal fee, the library can fulfill your requests for sounds in all currently available formats from this enormous collection. Using the CLNS may be the most convenient way for you to obtain the recordings you need, free from legal encumbrances of copyrighting and licensing. http://www.naturesounds.org/clns.html

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s MacCauley Library of Natural Sounds – MLNS is a major distribution and information center for research, educational, and conservation involving animal sounds. It uniquely combines the world’s largest animal sound collection with cutting-edge support and production capabilities. http://macaulaylibrary.org/index.do

Animal Sound Archive (Tierstimmenarchiv) of the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin – Includes over 100,000 animal recordings, with free access to their database of sounds. http://www.tierstimmen.org/

World Soundscape Project – World Soundscape Project tape library is housed at the Simon Fraser University School of Communication. The chronological and subject index for the collection is available on the studio website. http://www.sfu.ca/sonic-studio/srs/

Xeno-Canto – Incredible colleciton of bird songs and calls from the tropics of the Americas. You can browse for particular birds, or peruse biodiversity maps that identify recording locations. Includes over a hundred hours of recordings, of close to three thousand species. http://www.xeno-canto.org/
For more information go to http://www.acousticecology.org/recordings.html
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