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Current Films and Videos, Volume 53, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2009)
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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 beyond YouTube.

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 dhenderson@stlawu.edu.

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.

General | Africa | Americas | Asia and Oceania |


http://ffh.films.com The Films Media Group, which includes the extensive catalog of Films for the Humanities and Sciences, provides access to many of their films as streaming video.

http://quicksilverscreen.com Video streaming service with content submitted by members. Extensive selection of documentaries and music videos which can be displayed as an alphabetical list.

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.

http://www.theauteurs.com 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.”

http://www.veoh.com Online 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.


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.”

http://www.totalvid.com Extensive catalog of downloads, although the majority of the music documentaries available are biopics of rock musicians and bands.

Asia and Oceania

http://bunkashisan.ne.jp Website of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities, with free downloads of video of Japanese traditional arts available.

http://india.gov.in The "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.

http://www.tudou.com Video sharing website established in China in 2005; unlike YouTube, which began with more user-generated content, this site includes much commercial content.

http://www.vistaku.com Indonesian video sharing network.

http://www.youku.com Chinese video sharing website launched in 2006.

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