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About The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

1. About the Database

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.

Each volume contains an overview of the region, a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes; and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Articles include detailed photographs that show musicians, musical instrument, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Other images include drawings, maps, and musical examples for further study. Since its first publication in 1997, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music has been the pre-eminent reference work for research in ethnomusicology. It has won numerous awards, including the Dartmouth Medal, the New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book award, and Library Journal's award as one of the 50 Reference Sources for the Millennium. Now for the first time, the entire set of 10 print volumes is available as a single, integrated online database, with additional features from Alexander Street Press.

The second release includes the entire set of 10 print volumes (over 9,200 pages) as well as complete indexing for genre, subject, instrument, place, person, ensemble, and cultural group, as well as links to the associated audio examples for each volume.

2. Editorial contributors

Each volume contains articles written by expert contributors in the field. The 10-volume set contains over 700 contributors.

Advisory Editors: Bruno Nettl and Ruth Stone Founding Editors: James Porter and Timothy Rice

Volume 1: Africa, edited by Ruth Stone
Volume 2: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, edited by Dale A Olsen, Daniel E Sheehy
Volume 3: The United States and Canada, edited by Ellen Koskoff
Volume 4: Southeast Asia, edited by Terry E Miller, Sean Williams
Volume 5: South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent, edited by Alison Arnold
Volume 6: The Middle East, edited by Virginia Danielson, Dwight Reynolds, Scott Marcus
Volume 7: East Asia: China, Japan, Korea, edited by Robert C Provine, Yosihiko Tokumaru, J. Lawrence Witzleben
Volume 8: Europe, edited by Timothy Rice, James Porter, Chris Goertzen
Volume 9: Australia and the Pacific Islands, edited by J.W. Love, Adrienne Kaeppler
Volume 10: The World's Music: General Perspectives and Reference Tools, edited by Ruth Stone

3. Acknowledgements

At Alexander Street Press, the following people have been instrumental in the development of the collection:
  • Andrea Eastman-Mullins
  • Christina Chamberlain
  • Graham Dimmock
  • John Field
  • Liz Dutton
  • Pat Carlson
  • Paul Dixon
  • Roger Press
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt
  • Tim Lloyd
  • Xochitl Tafoya

4. MARC Records

MARC records are available for this collection.