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Badland Singers and Ashland Singers now on CD-R

We are pleased to announce that all of the Badland Singers and the Ashland Singers recordings are now available on CD-R. These have all been digitally remastered from the original 1/4" analog stereo tapes for ultra clear sound quality. Of special note is that the pre-1976 recordings which were first released in monaural have now been released in the stereo format in which they were originally recorded. These include the Ashland Singers, The Badlands Singers, sounds of the Badland Singers, and Badland Singers - Live at Bismarck. All of these are now available on CD-R in stereo sound for the first time. We hope you will enjoy these new CD-R releases.

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Society for American Music selects Tony Isaacs of Indian House for 2009 Honorary Member of the Year.

We are pleased to announce that Tony Isaacs has been selected by the Society for American Music as its Honorary Member for 2009. "Each year the Board of Trustees recognizes a well-known, prominent senior figure who has made important contributions to the field of American music by granting an honorary membership." Isaacs is being recognized for his many recordings of traditional American Indian music over the past 42 years. The induction ceremony was held at the Society's 35th Annual Conference, March 19th, in Denver, Colorado.

Isaacs spoke briefly about the early history of Indian House and then discussed Plains compositional form and Northern Plains performance technique to introduce Society members to what they would see the following day at the Denver March Powwow. Bill Runsabove of Lame Deer, Montana, and the Mile High Singers of Denver performed a variety of specially selected songs as an introduction to Northern Plains singing.

By honoring his recording work, Tony feels that the Society is really also recognizing and honoring traditional American Indian music. Although many studies of traditional Indian music have been done by individual scholars, this is probably the first time in U.S. history that a national academic organization has officially recognized this music. For this reason we are very proud of this honor.

To learn more about the Society for American Music, please visit Previous honorees can be seen at

CD's and CD-R's. What's the difference?
The Indian House website now shows exactly which titles are available in CD and CD-R format. Both are playable on all CD players although in a very few cases CD-R's do not play as well on some players.

A factory replicated CD is made using a mold, it is "pressed" similar to the old phonograph records. At most CD plants the minimum order is 500 pieces.

CD-R's (CD-Recordable) are individually "burned" into a special coating on the disc using a laser CD recorder. Because they are individually written directly from a digital file, no mold is required, and a very small quantity, such as 10 or 20, can be economically produced. Both formats have equal digital audio quality.

When Indian House has a new release which we think will be popular enough to warrant a 500 piece order, we order from the factory. These discs are silk-screen printed with our usual turquoise background and silver logo and lettering. If album sales have slowed up near the end of the 500 pieces, instead of ordering another 500 pieces, we will make about 25 CD-R's using the same album covers just to keep the album in stock. Our CD-R discs have a matte silver background with light blue logo and lettering.

Indian House takes pride in being a "catalog company" for the past 46 years. This means that every recording we have ever made from 1966 until now is still available in some format. Most record companies discontinue manufacturing an album after it has peaked in sales. We refuse to do this. However, the only way we can continue to keep our specialized albums in stock is to use the CD-R approach where necessary.

You may have heard recently that Indian House has stopped making new recordings. Tony Isaacs explains, "We have had a lot of "oldies but goodies" sitting on the shelf for twenty years which have never come out. In the past, I have repeatedly delayed working on these old ones in order to get the new ones out. I want these old ones to come out so people can hear them. I want to direct my energy in this area now instead of going out to powwows, etc. to make more new recordings. This project will probably take about a year."


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