Any album proposal for the jazz fusion genre
The NML is first and foremost a streaming service for classical repertoire and its composers, but jazz, folk, blues, pop, rock, world music and other genres are also represented. The world's largest online audio library now has access to 2.3 million tracks from more than 148,000 CDs. This gigantic, continuously expanding database (you are informed about new accesses and labels right on the homepage) is attractive for institutions such as universities, conservatories and music (high) schools, general education schools, orchestras, radio and television stations and multipliers such as music publishers, special Online and print media (specialist magazines). In addition, private individuals, generally those interested in music, journalists, students and, last but not least, collectors can log into the NML and research or browse there.
The prerequisite for this is a (advertising-free) subscription: for institutions with five user places it costs around 850 euros per year for the standard or around 1,275 euros for the premium quality in the sound resolution, for individuals around 202 euros ( Standard) or around 303 euros (Premium). There is also the option of purchasing an NML educational license for individuals from orchestras, for example, which is cheaper than the institutional subscription. More detailed information can be found on the home page under "Subscriptions". In addition, you can purchase apps for Android and iOS smartphones that can also be used offline (with previous downloads), especially relevant for the Student Member Playlist Account (SMPA). This is more expensive than Spotify, for example, but besides the audio files there are a number of other resources available that are not arranged according to moods or charts, but according to factual aspects of music appropriation.
Categories and navigation
Before deciding on the NML, you can test it for 15 minutes with a trial access. A common Windows or Apple browser is required for this. You log in with your username and password and you will find a menu with buttons on the left of the home page. Depending on your interests, you can use an alphabetical list to find a person (composer or artist), a category (opera, symphony, etc.), a label (in addition to Naxos recordings, other of 800 participating labels, including the so-called majors such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Sony Classics or ECM, Chandos, Harmonia Mundi and BIS), Musicology (essays about the future of hearing). In the Materials area, you can find scores, introductions by epoch, study guides (also for juniors), dictionaries, opera libretti and - of interest to students: playlists for music exams. In the playlist you can enter an album or a title, play it and save it as a favorite. Classical repertoire is often available in different recordings, so that one can even compare old and modern interpretations of a work. Or you can enter the composer or work description in a search mask and receive detailed information about the work such as year of composition, instrumentation, publisher / publisher, duration and epoch, plus a section on recordings available from labels with catalog numbers and artists. There are also links to publishers and a “Listen!” Section (ear training) with 990 tasks for self-study. In addition to titles relating to individual listening interests, a fairly detailed study of individual genres, works, composers or styles is possible.
At the same time as listening to the playlist, it is possible to read one of more than 40,000 composer or 120,000 musician biographies or work analyzes. The operation of the menu is easy with a click of the mouse and can also be transferred to shortcut keys (key commands). All pages are quickly present and have a stable sound quality and a reader-friendly background. Videos and recommendations with novelties as well as a musicological portal for academic exchange are also available. Brand new is an access for visually impaired people who can enlarge the web content with a magnifying glass (cursor in yellow color and alternatively a crosshair cursor). The NML thus fulfills the requirements of Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for restricted users.
Matthias Lutzweiler, Managing Director of Naxos Germany, thinks about the redesign of the NML that this will pave the way to remain a reliable service provider in the education sector in the long term. "If we think of digitization in schools or music schools, then it becomes clear that there is still a lot that can and must change here so that Germany does not lose touch from an international perspective."
Apart from this attitude of national responsibility, the NML, as a sounding encyclopedia with high-quality music reproduction and a comprehensive collection of serious knowledge resources, is an indispensable partner not only for professional music recipients, but also for committed listeners with a tendency to an in-depth understanding of music, with a significantly increased quality of presentation and operation. The NML can certainly not replace the pool of real libraries and the walk to the shelves. As a virtual classical cosmos with numerous branches to other musical phenomena, however, the NML arouses curiosity, provides information quickly and has thus become a model of success in many countries and languages (apart from German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean).
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