What is SEACAM?
SEACAM (South-East Asian Contemporary Art Music) Database functions as a kind of directory. Users can search for repertoire based on instrumentation, decade of composition, composer nationality, and a range of other practical search fields. For each entry, we try to provide recordings for your enjoyment, or to assist your decision to purchase the score. Should you wish to do so, a link or email address is also provided, as far as possible, to direct you to score purchase.
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.
Why is SEACAM?
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.
How and Who is SEACAM?
SEACAM was created using an online software to build database applications for websites. It is a work in progress and new music is added to the database all the time.
This entire site is run by just one person! If you would like to help contribute pieces, please reach out via the Contact page.