This is a selection of physical and digital books available through UCI Libraries. Use the following subject searches in the library catalog to find other similar materials:
Performing Arts Periodicals * is a good place to go to find both scholarly journals and trade magazines in the world of theater. It indexes and has full text for periodicals like:
IEEE Xplore * is a great resource for researching the technology side of sound design. It provides access to the materials of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Music Periodicals Database * is a good place to start searching on the music/aural aspects of sound design.
British Library Sounds provides access to almost 100,000 digitized sound recordings from the vast British Library Sound Collection. Sub-collections include:
99 Sounds - an indie sound design label that provides free sound effects and sample libraries of commercial quality. A random assortment of collections includes Halloween, rain & thunder, underground sounds, etc.
Free Sound - digital library of over half a million sounds. Some are collected sounds while others have been digitally created.
Ambisonic Sound Library - 360 degree surround-sound audio recordings. Includes categories like Nature, Mechanical, Water, Sport, etc.
Insect Singers - song recordings and information on acoustically signaling insects, especially cicadas.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - lots and lots of audio recordings of birds (seriously, there are over 1,000,000!)
Sounds of Earth - small collection of the audio recordings (of sounds from Earth) placed onboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft
Museum of Endangered Sounds - small collection of sounds from old (and quickly disappearing or now gone) technology, such as sounds of fingers on a QWERTY keypads, a VHS player doing its thing, and the sounds of a cathode ray tube TV
SoundCities - database of thousands of sounds from around the world that allows you to "visit" cities and create soundmaps
Radio Show and Programs Archive - a collection in the Internet Archive of several million digitized radio broadcasts, both historical and contemporary
Naxos Music Library * allows you to listen to almost 170,000 streaming albums. Many different record labels, including the prestigious Sony Classical, reside here. While mainly focused on Western art music, a decent selection of world music can be found here as well.
Classical Music Library * is similar to Naxos Music Library but a bit smaller (it still has over 60,000 albums, so not too shabby). It is generally easier to browse than Naxos.
Jazz Music Library * has almost 1,000,000 tracks (that's over 65,000 albums if you're counting) of jazz, swing, bop, dixieland, etc.
Smithsonian Global Sound * is known for providing recordings from the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings labels. Music found in this database represents traditional cultures across the world from Armenia to Zimbabwe.
American Song * allows people to listen to music from America's past. Includes songs by and about American Indians, immigrants, slaves, pioneers, and cowboys. Includes songs from the Civil Rights movements, political campaigns, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War.