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The Essay
Show #24
Decatur Day
David Gunn
Bon radio. It's episode 24 of Kalvos & Damian's New Music Sesquihour Expansive, today's brodacast featuring a special amalgam of tunes which have been molecularly homogenized for easy retention and appreciation by you, our listening audient. To understand how this works, we must turn to Chukwuemaka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a Nigerian with, if nothing else, a really cool name, and who, coincidentally, is 62 years old today. He says -- and I'm paraphrasing here from a speech Mr. Ojukwu delivered at the 5th International Conference on Tang in 1988, and translated by a nutritional podiatrist whose name, if I mentioned it, you'd recognize in an instant, though maybe not - - that the auditory discombobulation which members of the generic populace tend to lump into metaphysical brackets of plasma entropy upon hearing strange and initially unfriendly noises radiate from their radio speakers, known in the podiatry trade as "aleatory zookers," is to be expected and interpolated in much the same way as biometric engineers seek enlightenment by comparing fur patterns on the humps of camels in captivity to ... and here my copy of the translation is smeared and I can't make out the last part of the quote, sorry about that. But you see my point. Well, you would if WGDR's special video radio system were working, but that's in the future and I'm getting ahead of myself of myself. Now, where was I? Ah yes, I was about to say something about the amount of cerebral wiggle room one must take out of context and into consideration, but hadn't because I hadn't gotten there yet, though now that I have, the issue is moot. As is Mr. Ojukwu, for his speech was not received well, considering that the attendees were well into their umpteenth Tang cocktail by this time and their cognitive abilities were somewhat dulled. Kalvos, wake up!

Anyway, to repeat, but just a little bit, today's show has been specially formulated to appeal to even the most recalcitrant radiophonic listener. So stay tuned and see if you can prove Mr. Ojukwu wrong when he says -- and here I'm not translating, "Gyahh chomko wrup byongoop."

It's Decatur Day today on Kalvos & Damian's New Music Sesquihour Expansive, and we'll be playing music exclusively from that seminally influential hotbed of modern classical American music in central Illinois. Wait, let me rephrase that. It is not Decatur Day today, and we will not be playing any music from Decatur, which is likewise not a hotbed of musical forward thinking.

This portion of Kalvos & Damian's New Music Sesquihour Expansive is, as you may have gathered by now, just a portion. And, for only the second time in twenty-odd episodes, le flambeau oriange will not be mentioned today.

And now, if you haven't already, you may now leave the room and prepare your ears for an extended auditory voyage of molecularly homogenized new music with our pal, Kal.