The Wesleyan World Music Collection contains over three hundred instruments. Currently 140 have been added to the Virtual Instrument Museum, and more are being added every day. For easy browsing, the site organizes the instruments in several different ways:
For each instrument, we are creating media such as audio recordings, video showing how the instrument is played, and images of the instrument. For many of the instruments, there are QTVR movies, that allow you to virtually spin the instrument, and see it from 360 degrees. To view these movies, as well as the audio and video, you will need the Quicktime plugin. We will be continuing to add media to these pages, so check back often.
The curators are working with Wesleyan faculty and students to write descriptions of each instrument, covering the following topics:
In addition, the instruments are cataloged with the following information (when available)
This information can rendered in a printer friendly format by clicking the button at the top right corner of the description.
MP3 player such as:
Standard players that come with Macs and PCs such as itunes for OSX and Windows Media Player for Windows will play mp3 audio files as well.
All videos are in Quicktime format (.mov).
Small versions for dial-up connections are available for download in MPEG1 format. All larger versions are streaming.
We welcome your feedback and comments. We hope to revise this site in the future, after more instruments are added, and we see how it is utilized.
Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (please put VIM in the subject heading).