Welcome to SEACAM Database, which stands for Southeast Asian Contemporary Art Music. My name is Yong En (she/her, Singaporean), and I’m the site owner and curator of this website. I thought I’d make a blog post to explicate the state of the database, and will probably do this every few months.
I made this early in 2021 as part of my desire to programme regional contemporary works, but found that there was no centralised platform like IMSLP for such repertoire. I decided to make my own. All information mounted here is put up with consent from composers. As long as the composer is still alive, I work with them individually on how best to represent their work. As you can imagine, this is quite a painstaking process and will take time. However, I see it as crucial to the integrity of the database, and a wonderful part of working with contemporary composition.
The database is still a work-in-progress and currently contains 11 pieces. Updates will come in slowly as I am in my graduating year of university and unable to fully focus on running the website. If you compose, or know someone who does, feel free to reach out via the Contact page to help put your work in the database!
Both student/”non-professional” and “professional” compositions are welcome, as are electronic or mixed media pieces, improvised works, mixed cultural ensembles, graphic scores, cipher notation, anything! Just contact me if you are interested and we will work it out. However, I do have some guidelines:
- Composer should have some identification with a Southeast Asian country (e.g., citizenship, PR, cultural heritage, long-term contribution to a local music scene, etc.). It is most important that you identify with being Southeast Asian; as far as possible I will not request legal documents to verify that you are.
- Especially looking for: Bruneian, Burmese, East Timorese, Thai, Cambodian, Lao, Filipino/a, and Vietnamese composers
- Generally, folk song arrangements are discouraged for now.
I try to rely on literature from identity studies and Southeast Asian studies to inform this website (database fields, criteria/guidelines, terminology, etc.). However, if you have a suggestion (or question) on how to be more inclusive and sensitive, I am also happy to hear it from the Contact page.
Thank you for your support, and I look forward to growing this database with you!