[From DRAM’s offices]
Dear DRAM Members,
The summer months proved to be a productive time here at DRAM. We were able to introduce some wonderful new content from several labels and lay the foundation for the addition of more new content and functionality in the months to come. Read on for more details.
In recent weeks, we’ve added several hundred new albums to DRAM from many of our participating labels. Moreover, having greatly reduced a substantial backlog of material and streamlined production processes, the stage is set for more frequent additions of new recordings to DRAM’s collection going forward.
Albany Records – 393 New Albums
New World Records – 95 New Albums
Cedille Records – 71 New Albums
Mutable Records – 12 New Albums
Pogus – 19 New Albums
Open Space – 8 New Albums
Mode Records – 7 New Albums
Call for Submissions – Share Your Knowledge and Favorite Recordings
As DRAM’s collection continues to grow, so do our efforts to offer users entry points into DRAM and opportunities to engage and contribute. As you may have noticed, one way we’re seeking to do this is with the play-lists and accompanying essays in the “Featured Content” section of DRAM’s homepage each month.
If you, a library colleague, faculty member, or dedicated student at your institution is interested in contributing a play-list to our Featured Content section, please write to me at email@example.com with your idea for a submission.
Selected play-lists must meet with editorial approval, and should contain approximately 10 selections and a 1000 – 2500 word essay explicating the reason for each selection and how it contributes to the list’s unifying theme. Topics might include, but are not limited to, a particular composer, time-period, instrument, or compositional element. Creativity in selecting topics is encouraged, and play lists may be posted more frequently than the current once a month schedule as the number of viable contributions permits.
DRAM Radio – Partnership with Art of the States
DRAM Radio has made substantial progress towards its debut, and we’re aiming to launch our first radio programs in mid-November. So far, more than three quarters of the remaining original 100 New World LPs have been re-mastered and digitized for the first time, enabling the inclusion of these classic recordings in DRAM’s Radio programming.
Even more exciting, we’re very pleased to officially announce a partnership between DRAM and Art of the States towards the joint production of original broadcast programming featuring the composers, performers and music in DRAM.
Art of the States, like DRAM, is a non-profit organization committed to sharing new and important American music with the world. For over 15 years Art of the States has been expanding the audience for US-based composers through its international distribution network, with its programming carried by 75 terrestrial radio broadcasters in 50 countries. The Art of the States website, launched in 2002, attracts a geographically diverse and highly devoted listenership with broadcast content which, as a visit will show, offers a terrific compliment to DRAM’s. Our hopes for this partnership are high, and we look forward to presenting our debut productions in November.