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Kristin Heath
Music & Catalog Librarian


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BBC Sound Effects Online

16,000 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.

Copyright Free Music

Aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. 
Studio Cutz
Check out our royalty free Studio Cutz CD collection for your next class project. Each CD covers a unique theme, with titles such as "Acoustic Brew" and "Silly Stuff" with 60 second edits, 30 second edits, and short edits (or stingers) of each song.

Creative Commons Licensed Music

Compositions and Performance by Stephen W. Beatty (1938): 2010-2014: Scores with Parts and audio AIFF Recordings
Compositions and Performance by Stephen W. Beatty (1938): 2014-2015: Scores with Parts and audio AIFF Recordings


Other Resources

British Library Sound Archive (temporarily unavailable)
Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

CHARM AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music
A partnership in 2004 of Royal Holloway, University of London (host institution) with King's College, London and the University of Sheffield, CHARM's aim was to promote the musicological study of recordings, drawing on a wide range of approaches ranging from computational analysis to business history. AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) was launched in October 2009 as the Phase 2 successor to CHARM focusing on live musical performance and creative music-making. 

National Jukebox (pre-1925)
Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress.