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SOAS Databases
  • All users on-campus; SOAS students and staff only off-campus
    The most popular database for online journals, contains a number of journals and articles on Southeast Asia - [ On-campus use ] [ Off-campus use ].
    Bibliography of Asian Studies
    An index of Western language monographs, journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies and Festschriften on all parts of Asia published since 1971 - [ On-campus use ] [ Off-campus use ].
General Resources

American Gamelan Institute
An organization devoted to publishing, recording, distributing, and making available information on all aspects of Indonesian performing arts and their international counterparts.

Gamelan Galak Tika
Balinese Gamelan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Provides audio examples and written text..

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa
Information about Gamelan music created by a Javanese Gamelan performing ensemble based in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Provides audio examples and written text.

Indonesian Gamelan
An introduction to Indonesian music providing audio examples and written text.

Thai Music
An introduction to Thai music providing audio examples and written text. Maintained by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Archive of Maori and Pacific music
The Archive of Maori and Pacific music is from University of Auckland in New Zealand. Founded in 1970, the archive comprises the world’s largest ethnographic sound collection relating to the Pacific, and aims to promote research into the music and musicians of this particular area.

The Kartomi Collection of Traditional Musical Arts in Sumatra at Monash University
The collection comprises unpublished field musical recordings and photographs throughout 1971-2005 in various parts of Sumatra created by Professor Margaret Kartomi who is an ethnomusicologist specialising on Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Audio and video recordings capture traditional village performances of music and dance; the photographs illustrate the performers, and traditional instruments.