Stream Alan Lomax’s decades-spanning world music recordings

Did you know that 1946, armed with the newly-invented tape recorder, a man named Alan Lomax set off to record folk songs, fables, and stories of all kinds from cultures around the world, and did this till the mid '90s?

- Mar 30, 2012

Did you know that 1946, armed with the newly-invented tape recorder, a man named Alan Lomax set off to record folk songs, fables, and stories of all kinds from cultures around the world, and did this till the mid '90s? Neither did I, until this morning, but you can get well acquainted with his massive collection recordings right now.

The website notes that there are “over 17, 400 digital audio files” available to stream, and “includes stories, jokes, sermons, personal narratives, interviews conducted by Lomax and his associates.” You can browse by country, artist or genre, which includes categories like “camel driver's song,” “grape harvest song,” and “pig castration song,” which is a lot more enjoyable than you'd probably imagine. It creates an easily navigable and incredibly humbling library of thousands of world cultures; you have literally hundreds of combined cultural history at your McMuffin-greased fingertips. If you've ever stared at the light of a star that began it's journey millions of years ago and marvelled at everything that's happened since then, this collection pulls off the incredible feat of providing a partial answer to that question.

Click here to visit the library.

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