natewooley on 02/07/2012 at 02:30PM
One hell of a sexy title, am I right?
Well, the fact of the matter is this: I have a lot of good news and not a lot of tippity tappity in my fingers to waste on pleasantries, so let's get down to the proverbial metal fasteners. DRAM has been one busy mug over the last year and, as these things sometimes happen, everything we've been working on has come to fruition at one time.
First of all, DRAM is very pleased to announce that you can FINALLY get an individual subscription to the database. After years of only being available to universities and public libraries, we've finally figured out a way to allow the average joe or josie get their hands on 3, 6, or 12 months of unlimited streaming music by composers like Robert Ashley, Morton Feldman, Michael Pisaro, and James Tenney (and many more on our over 3,000 recordings and counting).
How? Well, right, that's a good question. And, it leads me to the next portion of our good news. DRAM has started a brand new website and quarterly online journal called Sound American. On this site, we will be featuring streaming audio interviews and archival material available only in DRAM (and in some cases specifically made only for Sound American) as well as essays and visual art. All of this is geared toward being a more relaxed, casual companion piece to all of the research new music engines out there.
Sound American is a place to gain context on new and experimental music and to discover that new and experimental does not in any way equal difficult and inscrutable. Upcoming topics will include the new additions to Ben Hall's amazing collection of Southern Gospel 45s, interviews with electronic music and computer networking pioneers John Bischoff and Tim Perkis of the League of Automatic Music Composers, as well as a discussion between Nate Wooley and electro-acoustic composer Chris Brown. Later in the year, we'll be doing a feature on John Cage in conjunction with the massive Bowerbird Cage festival in Philadelphia.
For the time being, Sound American is celebrating the inclusion of the first wave of recordings from Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia Archive. The first 31 pieces are up now in DRAM and feature live performances by and interviews with such artists as Eliane Radigue, George Lewis, Alvin Curran, Pauline Oliveros, Lois V. Vierk, Carl Stone, and many more....including multi-instrumentalist Ned Rothenberg, whose program we feature for download here at FMA.
So, three pieces of good news, three times to beat our breasts with pride. It's a rare occurence and we are excited to share it with you. Please stop by Sound American, linger, enjoy, maybe make a tax-free donation to DRAM and get the fantastic premium in return of 3, 6, or 12 months of access to the site. Drop Nate a line and tell him he done good.....he's so fragile.
This piece is one of the original radio programs from the early 1980s that producers Steve Cellum and Phill Niblock made to outline the vibrant music scene then taking root in downtown New York. Ned Rothenberg is interviewed and performs two stunning solo alto saxophone (alto, not soprano!) solos here at Phill's loft almost 30 years ago.