A cute, green monster with a wide, toothy smile and purple googly eyes.

Sink your teeth into spooky selections from the BOO-MKC Music/Media Library.

Now through November 4 | Ground Floor, Miller Nichols Library.

Ghosts, ghouls, and gargoyles: humanity has long pondered the supernatural and thus they have made their way into music. We have gathered here malicious personifications of monsters, examples of the dark side of composers and musicians, and horror scores to make you tremble.

Want to satisfy your spooky side? Explore our collection of terrifying tales and tunes.

The collection display for “Sound Bites” includes books, scores, CDs, DVDs, and online resources.
Image: A table covered by a black table cloth with samples of media and informational panels.

The display features The Monster in Music, Mysterious Musicians, and Sinister Scores, with work by Halim El-Dabh, Franz Schubert, Margaret Buechner, Michael Jackson, Nicolo Paganini, Peter Warlock, Diamanda Galás, Michael Abels, Lalo Schifrin, and many others. This display also features scores from our Shining A Light collection, including selections from Du Yun’s “Run in the Graveyard,” Kate Soper’s “Voices from the Killing Jar,” Libby Larson’s “Ghosts of Old Pianos” and Julia Wolfe’s “Singing in the Dead of the Night.”

Check out our spooktacular books, scores, CDs, DVDs, and online resources. We also partner with the Marry Sound Archives to highlight LPs from their collection. Visit our Sound Bites SoundCloud playlist to hear examples.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see more collection highlights. Click the button below to see the resource list for the Sound Bites collection display.

Collection display curated by UMKC Music/Media Library Staff Bryanna Beasley and Libby Hanssen, and student assistants Audrey Watson and Erin Gehlbach, with assistance from Marr’s Andrew Hansbrough.

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The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

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Conference Room 325

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