The following free, open-source article provides an extensive literature review and bibliography of circa 250 items:

Pedelty, Mark, Aaron S. Allen, Chiao-Wen Chiang, Rebecca Dirksen, and Tyler Kinnear. 2022. “Ecomusicology: Tributaries and Distributaries of an Integrative Field.” Music Research Annual 3: 1–36.

The Ecomusicology Bibliography via Zotero [last updated 2013!] is a dynamic resource of hundreds of scholarly, journalistic, and popular sources that connect music, culture, and nature. The bibliography is available to all using the free software Zotero, which allows users to quickly sort, search, and export citations. The following explains how to get access and how to contribute to and edit the bibliography.

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Quick View Options:

  1. If you would like to view the ecomusicology bibliography without installing Zotero, click here. (You won’t be able to perform a search, but you can see all the materials.)
  2. If you already use Zotero, simply become a member of the group “Ecomusicology” and sync.

Zotero Instructions:

  1. If you are a first-time Zotero user or if you already use Zotero and would like more detailed instructions, see the short tutorial or the more in-depth tutorial below for installing Zotero as a Firefox add-on.
  2. After installing Zotero (as a Firefox add-on), follow the instructions below.bliography.
  3. You can also view the bibliography with Zotero Standalone, which is a program version of Zotero (currently in beta testing) that provides the benefits of Zotero without needing to use Firefox. Download Standalone from the Zotero website (scroll down to “Downloads” and choose the program for your operating system). Then, return here to follow the instructions for “Getting Started with the Ecomusicology Bibliography.”


See below for a few tips regarding Zotero, the ecomusicology bibliography, and some common problems.


Installing Zotero:

  • Short Tutorial:
    1. Download Zotero add-on for Firefox.
    2. Become a registered user at
    3. Become a member of the group “Ecomusicology” and sync.
    4. De-select “Sync automatically” under Zotero preferences. (You don’t need your browser bogged down by constantly trying to sync; you can sync manually whenever you wish.)
    5. See below for a few more tips, and check out Zotero’s useful 3-minute guide or support page for more information.
  • In Depth Tutorial:
    1. Download the Firefox web browser:
    2. Download the Zotero plug-in from (big red button on the right) and follow the instructions. Follow the prompt to restart Firefox.
    3. When the browser reloads, it should take you to the Zotero registration page automatically. (If it doesn’t, go to to sign up.)
    4. Login to Zotero with your newly created username and password (top right of
    5. Click “Zotero” at the bottom right corner of the browser window. (*Note: If “Zotero” does not appear, see Common Problems under Tips below).
    6. In the Zotero pane, click the Tools (gear-shaped) icon and select Preferences.
    7. Under “Sync,” enter your Username and Password.
    8. De-select “Sync automatically.” (You don’t need your browser bogged down by constantly trying to sync; you can sync manually whenever you wish.)

    See below for a few more tips, and check out Zotero’s useful 3-minute guide or support page for more information.

Getting Started with the Ecomusicology Bibliography:

  • Step 1: Becoming a Group Member
    1. Under “Groups” at, search “Ecomusicology.”
    2. Click “Ecomusicology” in the search results.
    3. Select “Join.”
  • Step 2: Syncing
    Syncing transfers library items between your local computer and the Zotero servers, allowing you to work with your data from any computer with the Zotero extension. When you join the Ecomusicology Group and sync, that database becomes available to you in Zotero under “Group Libraries.” For more information about syncing, click here.

    1. Click Zotero at the bottom right corner of your browser.
    2. Click the green arrow on the right to “sync” with the Group Library (and your own library if you create one).
      • When the green arrow stops spinning, you should see “Ecomusicology” under the new heading “Group Libraries” to the left. Syncing regularly ensures that you have access to the most updated information.
      • NOTE: It’s typically better to sync after about 5pm because fewer people are clogging the server.

A Few Tips:

  • Regarding the Ecomusicology bibliography:
      • Editing:
        1. The Ecomusicology Bibliography is only as good as the community of users involved with it. We welcome your input.
        2. To suggest additions/removals and corrections, please email If you are interested in actively editing the bibliography, please email the same address with a request to become an administrator.
      • Searching:
        1. If your search pulls up lots of hits, you can sort by item type, title, author, etc. if need be.
        2. Many of the newspaper articles and websites have the full text entered as notes – if the text you search appears in the article, Zotero will pull up that item.
  • Regarding your personal Zotero library:
    • Consider using the Word plug-in for seamless Zotero integration.
    • Deleting: If you delete an item from a subfolder, it remains within “My Library,” but if you delete an item from “My Library,” it is completely erased.
    • Backing up: Highly recommended! See
    • Searching: The search box checks all entered information, including title, author, notes, etc., but only in the selected library; to search the Ecomusicology bibliography, make sure you’ve selected that library.
    • Adding items: Realize that some sites give you extraneous or even garbled information; each time you add an item, be sure to check that you have all the necessary information (e.g. all author/editor names, complete title of part and whole work, start and end page numbers, etc. depending on type of item).
  • Common Problems:
      • Zotero doesn’t appear at the bottom right corner of my browser window.
        1. Select “Zotero” under “Tools” at the top of the browser page.
        2. Under Zotero’s Tools (the icon that looks like a gear), click Preferences.
        3. Under “General,” preferences for the Status Bar Icon are offered. The “none” option is probably highlighted – Check off one of the other two (“Zotero” or “Z”) and restart Firefox. Whichever you highlighted should then appear at the bottom right hand corner of your browser window.
      • For the Zotero Support page, click here.