The Sounds of Life on Earth [abstract]

Tipp, C (2012). The Sounds of Life on Earth [abstract]. Bioacoustics, Volume 21 (1): 83 -84

The British Library Sound Archive has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of bioacoustic sound recordings. Founded in 1969, the collection now contains more than 160,000 recordings of wildlife and natural soundscape recordings, many of which have never been published. The wildlife collection was originally formed to serve as an international resource for bioacoustics research, providing copies of recordings to researchers and archiving field recordings for future generations to benefit from. Today recordings are also provided for educational projects, exhibitions, private listening, artistic sound installations, musical compositions, broadcasting and commercial publications. SoundServer is an automated service that offers immediate onsite access to a growing number of recordings. Visitors to the British Library’s Reading Rooms can either browse the Sound Archive collections via the Jukebox service or pre-order a personal playlist according to their specific needs. Remote access is available through the Archival Sound Recordings (ASR) website. ASR is an online resource that provides access to thousands of hours of recordings from across the Sound Archive. Three wildlife content packages are currently available through this resource – British Wildlife Recordings, Natural Soundscapes and Amphibians.