Compiled by David Henderson (St. Lawrence University)
Special issue: Since its introduction in 2005, YouTube has
transformed the ways many of us teach and work. But of course YouTube
is not the only place to find digital video resources on music, and this
issue departs from the usual format to survey some of what is available
There is also a list of about three dozen very useful sites, many
of which have video content, on the EVIA website. See the links to
"Research and Pedagogy: Sample Projects” at http://www.indiana.edu/~eviada/.
Please send recommendations for websites for inclusion in periodic updates to this issue to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Michael Bakan for initiating a
conversation on YouTube on SEM-L in April 2007, and to Nick Poss and J.
Meryl Krieger for responding to that post by noting several other
resources listed here. Thanks also to Beverly Seavey, Judith Cohen,
Sydney Hutchinson, and Kamran Hooshmand, among others, for their
responses to my call for help in assembling this list in February 2009.
And, as always, thanks to the St. Lawrence University Libraries for
financial and technical support.
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Films Media Group, which includes the extensive catalog of Films for the
Humanities and Sciences, provides access to many of their films as
Video streaming service with content submitted by members. Extensive
selection of documentaries and music videos which can be displayed as an
http://www.babelgum.com High-quality streaming video, including a number of music documentaries and a wealth of music videos.
http://www.cultureunplugged.com Production and distribution company providing documentary films as well as some feature films from around the world online.
http://www.dailymotion.com Popular francophone video sharing website based in Paris, with domains in eighteen other countries as well.
http://www.metacafe.com Short-form videos organized by category.
http://www.portablefilmfestival.com Ongoing curated film festival, now in its third year.
http://www.revver.com Video sharing website based in Los Angeles.
Classic and recent auteur cinema with a catalog "brimming with
visionary films that wouldn’t fill a single cinema in Belgium in a
week—not even a day.”
video content and access to videos from other web publishers. Of
particular interest to ethnomusicologists are the films of Yves Defrance
of l’université Rennes 2 - Haute Bretagne (http://www.veoh.com/users/YDefrance).
http://www.zedclips.com Recently developed video sharing site based in Zambia serving all of Africa.
http://parentseyes.arizona.edu Images, text, audio, and video
of the history and culture of southern Arizona, some of which would be
useful to ethnomusicologists: see especially the video, Seyewailo: The Flower World: Yaqui Deer Songs.
http://video.nytimes.com Wide selection of video materials, some of relevance to ethnomusicologists: see, for example, "Last word: Odetta.”
Extensive catalog of downloads, although the majority of the music
documentaries available are biopics of rock musicians and bands.
Asia and Oceania
Website of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities, with free
downloads of video of Japanese traditional arts available.
"National Portal of India,” with a variety of webcasts. See, for
example, the video of the 2008 Mukteshwar Dance Festival.
http://www.56.com One of the largest video sharing websites in China, based in Guangzhou.
sharing website established in China in 2005; unlike YouTube, which
began with more user-generated content, this site includes much
http://www.vistaku.com Indonesian video sharing network.
http://www.youku.com Chinese video sharing website launched in 2006.