The Sounds of ibiblio

Want to explore different genres of music? The Music tag in the ibiblio catalog is home to sites highlighting everything from electronic to the blues! You can listen to traditional music from countries all over the globe, explore records archives, and even download sheet music.

ibiblio also offers several live radio broadcasts. You can listen to these radio stations directly from your browser or through a streaming media client (like iTunes). Here are a few of the stations you can access through ibiblio’s services:

You can find more radio stations here.

Explore Music

Here are a few music-related websites you can find on ibiblio. To find more genres and resources, visit the Music tag!

Bluegrass Discography

This site provides a thorough catalog of bluegrass music and has been indexing discographies for over 20 years! Users can sort by format, performer, label or album and view extensive details about each song. There are also sources for purchasing current and historical recordings.

Asian Classical Music

Here you can find music from countries all over Asia such as Laos, Vietnam, Burma, and India. Asian Classical Music features MP3 files for Cantonese opera, Central Thai classical suites, funeral music, Cantonese Mahori instrumentals, and more. Profiles also include historical background for the musical style and an explanation of terminology.

Music Nepal

Music Nepal contains a small collection of songs from all regions of Nepal. You can choose from everything from festival music to fishing songs, and each song is offered in multiple file formats.

Roger McGuinn’s Folkden

If you’re interested in any type of folk music, look no further than Roger McGuinn’s Folkden. Every month you can find a new interpretation of a folk song from a wide range of traditions. You can listen to Irish fiddle tunes, traditional spiritual music, or songs from the Southern United States. Visit the website to explore more categories and browse the archive!

Exploring Chinese History

Exploring Chinese History is a site all about the history of China, from ancient times to present day. It is broken down into five eras and includes information about Chinese culture, politics, and geographical regions. You can also view the website’s source list for further reading and learning! Here is an overview of each section:


The historical content of the site is divided into five sections: prehistory to 1279, 1279 to 1912, 1912 to 1949, 1949 to 1976, and 1976 to present. Each section is more thoroughly broken down into specific periods with comprehensive information on traditions, scholars, dynasties, wars, trading, and more! Study notes and outlines are available for students and interested learners.


Information about Chinese literature, language, philosophy, and religion can be found on the culture page. If you want to learn about Daoism, the Qin Mausoleum and Terracotta Army, or modern Chinese writers, start by visiting the culture section! There is also an image gallery dedicated to the art of calligraphy. For more images, visit the supplemental website The Art and Images of China to see photographs of architecture, history, people, and more.


The politics section discusses government structure, important figures, rebellions, important documents, conflicts, and human rights issues. Most of the content focuses on 19th and 20th century politics and international relations. The politics sections pairs well with the modern era history content and covers events like the Opium Wars, World War I, and World War II.


Other East Asian Regions are described on the site, including Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and Taiwan. You can explore each region in detail to learn geographic information and facts about culture, religion, demographics, economics, and politics.


The site contains special guides about Chinese New Year and Chinese Characters that can be found on the features page. If you are interested in visiting other ibiblio sites, the Chinese tag in the Language & Culture section has many resources including music, ancient texts, and cultural exploration. If you enjoyed Exploring Chinese History, make sure to check out the tag!

The Pipe Organ Education Project

The Pipe Organ Education Project is an educational site from 2001 created by organist Marya Fancey. It gives a history of the organ, an overview of its design, an in-depth look at organ mechanics, and a glossary of musical and structural terms. There are also additional resources for further learning.

Below is a bit of the information that can be found on each page of the site. Visit The Pipe Organ Education Project to learn more about each category!


The modern pipe organ has been around since the 16th century and has 61 notes. Organs are custom-made to fit each room they inhabit in order to produce the best sound, and can be either free-standing or built-in. In a free-standing instrument, the pipes sit inside a case; a built-in instrument is attached to the building.

The console of the organ is what is played by the organist to produce sound. It consists of pedals, keys, buttons, and knobs. Some organ consoles can be moved around a stage, while others are attached to the floor of the building.

For a more in-depth look at organ construction and placement, visit this page on the site. For more information about pipes, take a closer look here. You can find out about organ consoles using this link!

Producing sound

Wind is what causes organs to produce sound, which must be blown into the organ and stored in the reservoir. The air moves from the reservoir to the wind chest, and later to the pipes. Sound is created when air is allowed to flow into the pipes, so they are held shut by stop barriers. When an organist turns a stop “on”, the barrier to the pipe is removed. Once removed, the organist can control the wind flow to the pipe by depressing the keys. For a detailed explanation, you can explore the How Sound is Produced page of the website!

More organ resources

The Pipe Organ Education Project provides many other resources for those interested in learning more about organs and music.

Pipedreams is a recommended radio program dedicated to organ music. You can listen to every episode streamed since 1982 on their website, and find details about organ concerts near you.

The Organ Historical Society is a society for musicians and organ lovers. They host an archive of music and organ-related books and serials, and the society also holds yearly conventions for members and enthusiasts.