What is SEACAM?
SEACAM (South-East Asian Contemporary Art Music) Database is a directory of performance material/scores from music by Southeast Asian composers. The database was conceived out of a simple desire to programme Southeast Asian contemporary music, but with no resources to locate it. In crafting this database, we hope to assist your repertoire discovery, be it for performance, study, or listening pleasure.
What is “Southeast Asian Contemporary Art Music”?
Good question! Southeast Asia is a geographical bloc comprising (in alphabetical order): Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Therefore, any music written by people of this heritage may be considered for the database. The cutoff for “contemporary” in this site is the 1930s, to accommodate music leading up to the Second World War and the subsequent political independence of numerous Southeast Asian nations. This region’s immense cultural diversity, coupled with the innovation afforded by the last few decades, makes for a bountiful musical harvest.
How do I use it?
Just search for repertoire based on the fields provided, e.g. instrumentation, decade of composition, composer nationality, etc.. For each entry, we try to provide recordings or MIDI to assist in your decision to purchase the score, or just for entertainment. Lastly, a link or email address to how you can obtain the score is provided, so you can perform or study the piece wherever you are.