With the music of other countries; posting a message to the relevant soc.culture newsgroup is always a good start - your internet provider will have a list of what's available to you. Remember, using a program like FreeAgent you do not have to subscribe to a newsgroup to post a message. Just make sure you ask people to direct their answers to your email address.
The following are some that I have picked up in this way.
ALTRAMAR (Medieval music) | CEOLAS (Celtic music) | DIDJERIDU (Aboriginal instrument) | GAMELAN, SON OF LION (Javanese gamelan) | GLASS ARMONICA (Unique keyboard instrument) | LARK IN THE MORNING (Ethnic instruments) | SHAKUHACHI (Japanese bamboo flute) | PAN ARKESTRA (Andean folk and pan pipes) | THE PIANO RESOURCE CENTRE (Er... pianos!) | THEREMIN (Possibly the original synth) | THE SYNTHESIZER NETWORK (Analogue synths) | WORLD MUSIC RHYTHMS (African, Indian and Balinese) | WORLD MUSIC NETWORK (World music) | MUSEUM OF SYNTHESIZER TECHNOLOGY (Historical synthesizers)
The home pages of the Altramar Medieval Music Ensemble these will be of interest to fans of early, folk, world, and new age music, as well as those interested in medieval history, religion, genealogy, and literature.
http://www.indiana.edu/~altramarHere you can find information about the ensemble, their recordings, performances, calendar, group and individual biographies, and tons of graphical and scholarly information.
The home of celtic music on the internet! This site contains the largest collection of information on celtic music online, and has links to hundreds of related sites.
The objective of Dreamtime: A Didjeridu Resource is to "serve the interests of the growing population of didjeridu players around the net world." And they do, in a fun and informative manner.
GAMELAN, SON OF LION
Gamelan, Son of Lion, is a new music repertory ensemble based in downtown New York City specializing in contemporary pieces written for the instruments of the Javanese gamelan. Their instruments were built in village style by Barbara Benary using steel keys, cans for resonators, hubcaps for kempul, etc.
Treat yourself to a unique healing experience, inducing semi-hypnotic state, and find out how this magical instrument was invented by Benjamin Franklin and banned by most countries (in the 19th century) because it was believed to cause madness!
LARK IN THE MORNING
They have a 100+ page catalogue that has almost every ethnic instrument you can think off. Their on-line catalogue is available at
http://www.mhs.mendocino.k12.ca.us/MenComNet/Business/Retail/Larknet/larkhp.htmlor email them for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in world music, andean folk music and panpipes, then check out the Pan Arkestra Home page at
If you like shakuhachi, you might want to check out Somei Satoh's Sun Moon, for shakuhachi and koto. Exquisite album, with great expanses of silence. You can read about it at
http://newalbion.com/NA069/and about the shakuhachi artist on the disc, Akikazu Nakamura, at
hhttp://newalbion.com/artists/nakamuraa/While Ronald Seldin (email@example.com) has produced some very interesting pages relating the Shakuhachi to the meditation practices of Zen-Buddhism.
THE PIANO RESOURCE CENTRE
Part of the excellent Rainmusic.com music resource site. This is well laid out and accessable site for anyone remotely interested in the piano and piano music. Includes many links and reviews of other piano sites as well as music reviews.
THE SYNTHESIZER NETWORK (Analogue Synths)
For lovers of the classic sounds of true analogue synthesizers there is no better web site than this. As web site host Morgan Karlsson explains. "We are not against digital, but If you feel that life, the river, and music best is described in analogue terms, please carry on exploring our Web Site".
Invented in 1919 by Leon Theremin (1896-1993), this unique instrument is once again gaining popularity. These incredibly detailed pages are dedicated to Leon Theremin and his wonderful contributions to electronic music.
http://www.nashville.net/~theremin/It's worthwhile looking at the PAIA Electronics homepage for theremins and other electronic instruments to build yourself.
WORLD MUSIC RHYTHMS
The world rhythms section of the Ancient Future site has a large online instruction section on African, Balinese and Indian rhythms, complete with MIDI files, at
WORLD MUSIC NETWORK
An international information and direct sales network linking all those working in world music.
With a varied catalogue of artists from all over the world they also produce the excellent 'Rough Guide' series of music
http://www.users.dircon.co.uk/~wldmusic/or email them for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSEUM OF SYNTHESIZER TECHNOLOGY
Although not on the 'net this unique museum is for anyone interested in or playing electronic music.
It has a vast array of original synths; some of them quite unique. The museum is open each evening from 6.30 until 8.30. All visits are by appointment, and cost 20 uk pounds per person. The booking gives you the freedom of the museum to look and play for the duration of your stay.
Recording sessions can be arranged and there is a museum book, video and sample CD available.
Directions to the museum, which is near Stansted Airport, are given once the booking is made (Stansted is in Hertfordshire, north of London).
The contact address is:
Museum of Synthesizer Technology PO Box 36, Ware, Hertfordshire SG11 2AP England Telephone/Fax: 01279 771619