Audio Archives

This is the index of audio archives found on the Web as collated by Celyn, Annie, Jared and Deanna.

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28th Maori Battalion Historical Archive

This is an archive that documents the 28th Maori Battalion, from New Zealand, who fought in WWII. This website contains history, Interactive maps, Photos, Videos and Audio files as well as including user comments. This is an interesting site because it creates a very vivid picture of an event in all forms of media for research and learning purposes.

Celyn

57 Productions

57 Productions is a dynamic electronic catalogue with special audio, audio-visual & interactive features, hosting the new iPoems system and the world's first poetry audio and video jukeboxes.

Deanna

A Voice Box

A Voice Box is a blog-style archive of poetry readings made in the Bay Area (San Fran) in the "recent past" (2006 onwards).

Celyn

A.W. Purdy Digital Archive

University of Saskatchewan Special Collections has an Al Purdy Collection, and it includes digitized textual documents, photographs and audio recordings.

Annie

Academic Earth

not poetry - but good site for audio/video

Annie

American Rhetoric: The Power of Speech

This archive has a huge range of speeches. Some have audio, some have transcripts (some have both). These speeches often link to an independent website which have the audio file in different formats. The audio that is on the American Rhetoric website usually uses youtube videos for more recent speeches (or those very popular Martin Luther King Jr. speeches), or an AR-XE mp3 stream or download. The source of the audio is provided when American Rhetoric is not the owner of the audio file.

Celyn

Archive of the Now

Archive of the Now is a print, digital, performance-based and audio archive collecting British poetic works.

Celyn

Archive.Org

The Internet Archive is a collection (or digital library) of Internet sites and other "cultural artifacts in digital form". They provide free access to over 150 billion webpages that no longer exist, as well as hundreds of thousands of "Moving Images", "Live Music" files, "Audio" recordings and "Texts". They state that they aim to function like a library, focused on researchers, historians, scholars and the general public. There are several sub-collections under every file type (for example, the Audio Books and Poetry sub-category of the Audio files collection is perhaps more relevant to our work). There are then Sub-collections under Audio-Books and Poetry (LibriVox, Gutenberg Audio Books, Maria Lectrix Audio Books, Audio Poetry, Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, Au Ful des lectures, and Globe Radio Repertory). *I will make separate entries for Audio Poetry and Naropa Poetics websites as they function differently.

Celyn

Aspen Magazine (via Ubuweb)

Aspen is an archive of Aspen Magazine's publications from 1965 to 1971. The magazine (physically, a box) held booklets, phonograph recordings, posters, postcards, text, and a Super-8 movie film. This website is an archive of the issues produced, mirroring the interactivity and multimedia format of the work inside. It is divided into Issue No. and then contents are listed with text descriptions, images, recordings, videos (etc) as well as interactive online elements such as build-it-yourself art. UbuWeb has partnered with Aspen and they have linked their archives, UbuWeb hosting Aspen's site.

Celyn

Audio Poetry at Archive.Org

This is a collection of poetry recordings added by Internet Archive users. Basically just a list of random poetry recordings read by Users (not the author) and uploaded to the site. No information about the author or poem are provided. Not a great site for our purposes or research.

Celyn

Audio Video Collection Database: University of California, Berkley, Moffitt Library Resources Center

This is a giant list of recordings available in the library, which all have audio online. Many of these recordings are poetry readings in full, lectures or speeches made at the University of California. There is a huge range of subjects: from speeches made by the Black Panthers Party in the 60's to an Ursula LeGuin lecture. Some of these listings link to other websites specifically for the subject matter. Please see next entry for indepth look at the Black Panther Party's page.

Celyn

BAnQ Collection Numerique: Enregistrements Sonores

This is the BAnQ's online digital collection. Most of the recordings are songs, but it serves as an example of a library's archives turned online digital repository. The website is very basic, and you can search through categories and lists by Title, Date, Marque (Location made), Subject, Interpretations, by Singer/Composer. The Subject list is the most interesting part of this site as it is an index of each song's subject matter, so you can choose from Female singer from Quebec to songs about Hitler. This is relevant to our archive because searching by subject matter and index is very useful for researchers.

Celyn

BBC Poetry Out Loud

This a collection of famous poets reading a famous poem, hosted by the BBC Poetry. There is a list of 20 poets reading (Stevie Smith, Alfred Tennyson, Seamus Heaney).

Celyn

BBC Poetry Season

NO audio! This is a general British poetry site: some video, some texts, and snippets from BBC shows about the poets. There are 30 poets included in the project. There are no audio recordings (as far as I can tell) of teh poets reading.

Annie

Book of Voices

Annie

British Electronic Poetry Centre

Archive and reference guide to contemporary poetry using audio recordings, text and critical debates. Contains Index of poets with bios, critical readings, peotry as text and audio files.

Celyn

British Library Archival Sound Recordings

BL's audio archive, tens of thousands of recordings, including spoken word, NOTE: this doesn't have poetry per se, it is just an interesting audio archive

Annie

Caedmon Records

While Caedmon was originally recordings of poets and authors reading their own works, since Harper Collins took over, the website is devoted to audio books. The site shows clips of a selection from audiobooks.

Celyn

Canadian Poetry Audio Archives

LAC's audio portey archive features digitized poetry in English and French.

Annie

CBC Archives

This is an online archive or CBC and Radio-Canada's video and audio (Tv, radio, movies, podcasts, etc) recordings. There are documentaries, TV shows, TV clips, Radio shows, Radio clips to browse. On the main page, there is a keyword search bar, as well as Featured, Recommended, Programs, On this Day, Great Inverviews, Most Popular clips, For Teachers and Guess Who? categories with featured clips.

Celyn

Ceptuetics

A blog dedicated to avant-garde poetry on the radio; Ceptuetics is a weekly radio show on WYNU 89.1 that features readings and interviews.

Deanna

Classic Poetry Aloud Index

archive of classic (poetry that has dated its copyright) poetry read by the anonymous creator of the site. There are two websites for the podcasts: a wordpress site for index and 'about' information and the podcasts recorded on podomatic.

Celyn

Cloudy Day Art

A blog-style audio- and video-based poetry podcast for and about the everyday poet. The audio in these podcasts is a mixture of readings, talks and interviews, generally divided into two series: The Poetry Podcast and The Poet Tech Podcast.

Deanna

Courtland Review Online Literary Magazine in Real Audio

The Courtland Review is an online magazine that publishes contemporary poetry, fiction and articles that include an audio recording (and text) of the work. Issues are released in February, May, August and November with Features in April and December.

Celyn

Electronic Poetry Center (EPC)

EPC is a "central gateway" to providing links to electronic poetry and poetics. It also has an extensive "curated" list of links to online publications of poetry as well as definitive author biography links. Note: no audio, but this website is interesting because it is an archive of web and electronic poetic resources.

Celyn

Faulkner at Virginia

Lectures given by William Faulkner at Virginia University between 1957 and 1958 were recorded and have now been digitized and uploaded online. The archive provides the recordings, along with transcriptions, essays, context, and photographs.

Celyn

First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video. The heart of the archive consists of collections of primary material from major poets of the period, supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum. The archive's audio collection gives a cross-section of experiences from the First World War, through oral history interviews with veterans, their families, and those who served the War effort at home.

Deanna

Fishouse Poems

site devoted to promoting oral tradition of poetry features emerging poets reading their work. links to books written by all the poets.

Annie

FORA TV

not poetry - but good site for audio/video

Annie

Harper Audio

Annie

IndieFeed: Performance Poetry

Originally an independent music site, IndieFeed is a community-oriented micro-media broadcast network that has branched out into audio/video recordings of slam/spoken word poetry.

Deanna

Irving Layton Collection at the University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan Special Collections has a Layton Collection which is being digitized and put online. Some audio recordings (4) have been included.

Annie

Irving Layton Collection at the University of Saskatchewan Library

U Sask has a small Layton collection, and they have digitized parts of it, including some audio.

Annie

Kelly Writer’s House Recordings, Media Links Archive

Archive of podcasts, poetry readings, lectures, discussions with writers. 2359 audio files available to search, from 1998 to the present. All events that occur at The Kelly Writer's House are recorded and uploaded to the site.

Celyn

Kitchen, The

Archive of sound, video, music, dance, performance, film and literature. It also showcases upcoming art events, as well as providing digital materials for contemporary artists.

Celyn

Kootenay School of Writing Audio (KSW)

Archive of Audio recordings of poetry readings done at the Kootenay School of Writing as well as the VAG, and the R2B2.

Celyn

Lannan Audio Archives

readings and talks given at the Lannon Foundation are recorded and presented on the web,

Annie

Laurable Poetry Audio Links

This is an interesting site, it collects links to audio of poetry readings, and links them with information about the author, as well as the text of the published poem when possible. Unfortunately almost all of the links to the audio recordings are broken. The links to the text are often to poetry.org or poetry foundation, as well as the Courtland Review and other online magazines that publish poetry online. Many links are for the New York Times (but are for subscribers only). This site is only useful for our research in regards to its work towards trying to create a comprehensive list of all poetic audio recordings available on the web, and in its downfalls and failures that links often change and updating hundreds of addresses might be near impossible.

Celyn

Library of Congress National Jukebox

The Library of Congress National Jukebox makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.The Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content is increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.

Deanna

Library of Congress: American Memory Collection

The American Memory Collections are online audio collections of the U.S. Library of Congress. It is a very basic, rudimentary site that lists the Collections by Title that includes location, category, dates, media types with a short description. Each Collection has a separate website that has a separate search and browsing functions, and have resources like "About the Collection, Map of the Region, Selected Bibliography, Collection Connections and How to Order the Audio".

Celyn

Lyrikline

Site based in Berlin, Germany that offers poetry in many languages.

Annie

MIT Opencourseware

not poetry - but good site for audio/video

Annie

Music Online: Classical Music Library

world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings: 60,000+ tracks. The home page has several streaming Featured albums, and a Welcome message. The left side bar contains Browsing options and Genre options. The top header bar has a Browse, Advanced Search, Playlists, What's New and Help as well as a general keyword Search bar.You can also sign in to create a playlist.

Celyn, Jared

Naropa Poetics at Archive.Org

Preserving and protecting, as well as providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings that were made at the Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado). They have their own website (currently under construction) but Internet Archives provides the template for searching and listening to the audio recordings. The recordings include lectures, readings and classes held (and recorded) from 1974 onwards, held at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Celyn

National Film Board (NFB Canada)

While this is a site dedicated to films, the site displays hundreds of videos online. These films are free for personal use, and subscription-based for schools and institutions. The home page has a short intro, along with 7 featured films that display in a loop with images and a short description. There is a section on the home page that is called "films" and you can view "new releases" or "trailers". Also, an Interactive section features an interactive film. There are also sections "For Educators", "NFB Store", "Free Downloads" for iPad Apps, "Playlists", "Our Websites", and "NFB Blog" which allow you to see highlighted films under each section. The toolbar at the top lets you "Explore All Films", "Playlists", "Trailers", "Interactive " and "HD". There is a basic keyword search that will show all examples of the word searched.

Celyn

NPR Poetry

Within the Arts & Life Section, under Books section, there is a blog-style site dedicated to poetry recordings and articles. Many of these articles have both the radio broadcast as well as a short text article. The content tends to be news about poetry and writers and writer interviews.

Celyn

Off the Page

This is an online archive of British poets reading their work from the 1960's to today. A range of reading and poetry styles are represented, with the attempt to study the value of performance. All recordings are live, and attempt to retain all introductions, explanatory remarks, audience interruptions, etc. The recordings are not in full: three poems from each reading have been excerpted and put online. There are also links to other sound/poetry recordings, historical resources, etc. (These are very vague and don't relate specifically to readings).

Celyn

PennSound

Website and archive dedicated to producing new audio recordings as well as preserving existing recordings. Providing as much information about the poet as possible, the forum also presents as much information available for pedagogical and research study. It is also an online gallery, archive and radio show.

Celyn

PoemTalk (at Jacket2)

Blog, podcast series of 'shows' with and about poets and their poetry, then a close reading of one selected poem, hosted by Al Filreis. Recordings of individual poems are taken from the PennSound archive and used in these discussions.

Celyn

Poet and the Poem Webcast, Library of Congress

Poet and the Poem Webcasts are a blog-style site where poets are interviewed and then read a few poems. The home page lists the webcast, with a small photo of the poet and a short biography.

Celyn

Poetcasting

this blog presents audio recordings of contemporary poets from Britain and Ireland - recordings are offered as podcasts.

Annie

Poetry Archive, The

site providing poetry recordings, non profit started by Andrew Motion, current president is Seamus Heaney

Annie

Poetry Foundation: Audio & Podcasts

There are 9 different "Shows" featuring poets reading their work. I won't do a separate entry for each, as their formats are the same regardless of content. The shows are as follows: Poetry Off the Shelf, Poetry Magazine Podcast, Poem of the Day, Poetry Radio Project, Essential American Poets, Poetry Lectures, Avant-Guarde All the TIme, Poem Talk, Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast. Each program page shows the latest episode (all podcasts), with a short description of the show's purpose and then a list of all podcasts.

Celyn

Poets.Org

Funded and run by the American Academy of Poets, this site is dedicated to sharing poems, information about poets and "Supporting poets in every stage of their career". Poems do not always have audio file, sometimes they are read by other poets. Audio recordings do not always have the text of the poem. Search options are incredible and there are tons of ways to discover new poems and poets. "Spotlights" of poets and articles are featured on the home page, as well as weekly "Features" of one poet. Links are organized under "Poets and Poetry", "Poetry Store" (support and buy from AAP), "About Us", "Poetry Near You" (events happening across the U.S.) and "For Educators" (Resources, Lesson plans, Student Magazines, Teacher Discussion Forums).

Celyn

PogSound: An Archive of POG and Chax Press Readings

The archive are recordings of poetry readings by Chax Press and POG, since 2006. Readings are in their entirety, sometimes split if there are two readers. Recently, introductions have been recorded and are offered as a separate audio mp3 in order to archive the historicity of these readings. The main page offers a list of readings by both POG and Chax Press in a chronological list by most recent date. These readings are also archived on PennSound.

Celyn

Rolland Collection of Films on Art

Resource guide to international films and videos on art, architecture and modern literature, collected over 40 years. Selections of films are available to view, the full film is available for purchase for 1.99$ US. WorldCat Identities lists the collection at 521 works in 673 publications in 7 languages and 6.731 library holdings. There is a collection called "Writers Talk Series" which I will be looking at for this entry.

Celyn

Salon.com

poetry recordings were added 2000-2003, but it seems to have stopped - features 20th century and contemporary poets

Annie

Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive

The SHCDA is an archive of public poetry readings, designed to encourage appreciation of the public performance of poetry. It is administered by the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast and the Special Collections department of Queen’s University Belfast Library. The SHCDA produces original recordings of public poetry performances and accepts donations of the same.

Deanna

Sixty One, The

Web site that allows emerging artists to upload music and users to listen, share, rate, and "bet" on music that will become popular. Artists and recording labels are paid based on the popularity of their music. Users have a limited number of "hearts" they can use to indicate tracks they like. This helps to ensure people will be selective about only picking things they really like.

Jared

Slate: Weekly Poem read by the Author

This is an online archive compiled by Slate online magazine, of poems read by their author, posted (more or less) weekly since 1996. It also contains, when available an audio recording of the poem. Also available on iTunes as a podcast.

Celyn

Slought Foundation

Slought Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia that engages the public in dialogue about cultural and socio-political change. From Kwame Anthony Appiah to Helene Cixous, Werner Herzog to Kazuyo Sejima, the foundation's programs feature today's visionaries in conversation about the role of the artist in society, and the potential transformation of social and political structures. In 2010, 450+ hours of recordings from these programs were made available online, and were downloaded over 125,000 times by visitors from 100 countries.

Deanna

SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows musicians to collaborate, promote and distribute their music or sound recordings. It allows artists to (publicly or privately) comment and discuss music (i.e. both specific artists or tracks, and generally through groups), send audio files to each other, and to publish and distribute their work (both internally on the site and externally).

Jared

South Asian Literary Recordings Project (Library of Congress, New Delhi)

This is an online archive of Congress' Archive of Recorded World Literature, recording readings of prominent South Asian writers (novelists, poets, playwrights). This site features readings in over 15 languages from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The home page has links to readings by language, country or by author. Once you select an author, a new page opens with a photo of the writer, a biography (that contains some literary context), and a list of recordings by date, which then list poems with separate mp3 exerpts.

Celyn

StoryCorps

not poetry - storytelling site

Annie

TED Talks

TED talks are highly popular videos of talks given at various TED conferences each year. TED stands for technology, entertainment, design, and the talks tend to be interesting in both form and content.

Annie

Ubu Web

UBUWEB is a resource or archive of avant guard and concrete poetry, sound, performance, texts and videos. It has been called the definitive source for Visual, Concrete and Sound Poetry. The archive is added to as often as possible, and these new additions are posted on a sidebar. There are also featured items on the main page. There are separate collections like the Conceptual writing electronic anthology, "Contemporary", which is a site devoted to contemporary writers, etc which are curated by individuals. Important to note that it curates and distributes materials, but very rarely does ubuweb upload their own material.

Celyn, Jared

Ubu Web Sound

This is the collection called "UbuWEB: Sound" of UBUWEB. It is essentially a massive list of authors, events, genres, groups, journals, themes, etc in alphabetical order.

Celyn, Jared

UC Berkeley Library: Social Activism Sound Recording Project: The Black Panther Party

This is a historical archive of speeches, radio and audio clips from the 60's and 70's pertaining to the Black Panther Party in California. The main page is essentially a list of dates in chronological order, with historical events and important moments of the Black Panther Party. Sound clips are added to the page by date and its relevance is explained.

Celyn

University of Chicago: Poem Present (Archive)

Readings and lectures recorded during the Poem Present Reading and Lecture Series are archived here. The Media Archive page lists several recent events, but the Master List 2004-2009 is a full list of recordings. Each poet invited does a reading and a lecture (often on different days). Many of the readings have both audio and video available.

Celyn

Western Soundscape Archive

not poetry - well designed audio site that features nature sounds

Annie

Women’s Audio Archive

The recordings were originally produced by Marysia Lewandowska, an artist, in an attempt to record language as "a site of cultural displacement", documenting lectures, reading, private speech, auctions etc from 1983-1990 on tape cassettes. They have been digitized and put online to create a history and documentation of women and sound and speech.

Celyn

Woodberry Poetry Room Listening Booth

The Listening Booth on the website of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University Library presents a selection of digitized and born digital poetry readings.

Annie

YouTube

YouTube is the world's most popular online video "community", where users upload videos. Anyone can upload a video, and YouTube provides the website and organizing system for others to view videos for free.

Celyn, Jared