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Here’s a smattering of websites that primarily specialize in more unusual, more experimental and harder to find music (in no particular order.)  I offer them not only for fun and education, but to indicate the context I’m working in.
 
 
 
Electronic Music Foundation:  a very dignified and earnest international hub

 
UbuWeb:  a very deep and wide global collection, not only of sound but video, poetry and more

 
The Improvisor:  this website has been around a long time, dedicated exclusively to improvisation

 
CDBaby:  a strong champion for independent recordings and musicians

 
Hat Hut:  a Swiss label concentrating on adventurous contemporary classical and jazz music

 
All Music Guide: this particular page lists all kinds of "moods" – an interesting study in classification, and a telling window into the music market...

 
Beanbender's: a primarily jazz and improvisation site - this page with vast array of links

 
Roulette: very respected and veteran new music venue/organization in NYC - this page has a list of listenable/watchable links to artists’ performances at Roulette over the years...when you click on a year or an artist, you get a page where, if you see an icon at the right that looks like an ear, you can click on that and listen to a recording of that show

 
Touch Records: beautiful website, very interesting new music, often electronic - on this page, if you click on a particular edition of their "touch radio" (featuring a particular artist), it takes you to that page, with info about the work of the artist... and you can listen to their music

 
Deep Listening: organization and label started by composer Pauline Oliveros

 
Downtown Music Gallery: in NYC, these people are hardcore aficionados, dedicated sellers of unusual music from everywhere, particularly radical sometimes - no listening here that I know of, but lots of mentions of interesting artists with reviews, links to information, good music labels, categories, and clues to lifetimes'-worth of wild listening experiences...good place for research, looking for leads, following them out, etc.

 
Other Music: also in NYC, another site like DMG above, dedicated to interesting and cutting edge music from many genres - you can listen here... great for browsing

 
Mode Records: excellent new music site, more limited range of styles, leaning toward contemporary classical and more "serious" new jazz – exceptional roster of composers represented

 
Lovely Music: another wonderful collection of artists, including Alvin Lucier

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