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August - September 1998

K&D Newsletter


General News

News for Guest Composers


General News

The AmsterDramm Project

On September 12, Kalvos & Damian will host the AmsterDramm Project. The AmsterDramm Project is a live simulcast (radio and Internet) of Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar in an interview with composer David Dramm, along with a live concert of his music and interviews with many other guest composers, on Saturday, September 12, 1998. The concert is planned for the STEIM concert hall in Amsterdam as a finale to the annual Gaudeamus Music Week. The special show will last for over three hours, from 2:30 to 6:00 pm Eastern Time in the US.

For more (and constantly changing) information, go to the AmsterDramm Project page.

This project needs considerable funding. Please contact Contact Form, +1-802-485-3972, or write to 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA to make a tax-deductible contribution to this project.

August 18 update: Time is getting short on funding this project, and we are $6,000 short on funding. Do you have contacts with businesses, foundations or organizations with short-deadline emergency grants? If you do, please contact us as soon as possible. Thanks!

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Board of Advisors

Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is accepting members for our Board of Advisors. The Board's role would be to assist and suggest in matters of funding, publicity, and distribution, and would offer suggestions on composers to interview and cities to visit for interviews. We invite composers and active listeners to new music to become Advisors. (Because K&D is a project of the nonprofit VCME, it has no separate Board of Directors.)

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Our cybercasts continue

For the past nine months, the K&D cybercast has proven very popular. You can hear Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar live on-line every Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Time with this link (which also cybercasts WGDR-FM during its normal 18-hour broadcast day). This link will always be available from K&D's home page or our net audio page -- the best place to bookmark it! Our composer music and interview samples are also streaming nicely.

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Our archived shows are flourishing

As soon our past K&D shows reappeared after an unexpected absence, listenership grew. AudioNet will continue to offer the most recent shows, but the main body of archived music and interviews come down the Internet "pipe" courtesy of Goddard College. You can see an index of these archives at our shows page.

There are more than 130 shows now, including interviews with John Appleton, Martin Arnold, Michael Arnowitt, Jacques Bailhé, Clarence Barlow, Gary Barwin, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Marc Battier, Olexandra Beck, Anita Beckmann, Eve Beglarian, David Behrman, Henning Berg, Susan Bettmann, Peter Beyls, Gilles Yves Bonneau, Craig Bove, Canary Burton, Allison Cameron, Joseph Celli, Joel Chadabe, Rhys Chatham, Nicolas Collins, Dennis Darrah, Maria de Alvear, Jody Diamond, Nick Didkovsky, Arpad Elo, Matthew H. Fields, Howard Jonathan Fredrics, David Gibson, Bill Gilliam, Stephen Gryc, David Gunn, Daron Hagen, Tom Hamilton, Jeff Harrington, William Harris, Christos Hatzis, Zeke Hecker, Fred Ho, Don Jamison, Udo Kasemets, Rip Keller, Chris Koenigsberg, David Kraus, Drew Krause, Johan van Kreij, Anne La Berge, John Levin, Benedict Mason, Thomas Massella, Elma Miller, Keith Moore, Erik Nielsen, Mary Oliver, Pauline Oliveros, John Oswald, Stephen Parkinson, Sarah Peebles, Troy Peters, Bea Phillips, Robert H.P. Platz, Larry Polansky, Eliane Radigue, Thomas L. Read, Kaija Saariaho, Arthur Sauer, Phillip Silver, Linda Catlin Smith, Ann Southam, Laurie Spiegel, Rick St. Clair, Don Stewart, Carl Stone, Peter Tavalin, James Tenney, George Todd, Richard Tolenaar, Michael Torke, Scott MX Turner, Peter Van Riper, Gwyneth Walker, Daniel Weymouth, a tribute to Conlon Nancarrow, and an original student opera.

The complete list of these shows if found at our KalvoNet page, and the new shows are always announced on the K&D homepage.

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Updated music resources are in progress -- again!

Our most popular sections, Music Resources for Composers and Music Resources by Composers, are both undergoing a facelift again. The web is expanding and we're simply unable to keep up. But with research by composers David Robert Stewart and Prof. William Harris, the refreshed 2,000-link resource collection was updated in June, and will have another dose of new sites in September. K&D continues to be backlogged with submissions and changes, so more than 20% of the resource list will be entirely new. We thank David and Bill, and invite you to check into our music resources pages as Fall unfolds its colors.

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A guide to Kalvos & Damian

On April 19, 1996, we installed our web counter. It's an honest counter, not a 'hit counter' -- in other words, even though Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar contains 450 web pages and 1,600 separate files, visitors are only counted once, or when their browser cache is emptied. (Our homepage alone would register 14 hits per visitor!). So our thanks to all 46,000-plus of you for visiting, and we hope you'll explore all our features:

Associated sites:

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Money

Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is a very costly project. K&D's fiscal agent is the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, a 501(c)3 organization, and gifts to K&D are tax-deductible to the extent allowed. We are not presently funded by government or corporate grants, and only private contributions let the program continue, along with facilities generously provided by WGDR-FM and Goddard College.

Please offer your support. For more information, contact us by email, or just write out your check to "Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar" and send it to us at 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA. Gifts of DATs, blank CD-Rs, chrome cassettes, Zip disks, some nice traveling microphones, another portable DAT recorder, and other supplies -- as well as help with research and maintenance -- are also welcome.

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End of the newsline

Our audio newsline of upcoming events in the new music world didn't prove fruitful. We updated it daily for a while, then every few days, but had no feedback ... we post by what our visitors want, and that wasn't it. We'll give it another try next year. Churchill Society linkers ... you arrived here because the Society is, well, a little confused. Instead, go here. Thanks.

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News for Guest Composers

Do you want to return as a guest?

After a tightly scheduled summer and fall, our interview hours are now opening up for winter. Beginning October 1, we'll have some open shows for guests to return -- before we begin broadcasting tapes we'll be recording in Montréal. If you would like to return as a guest on Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar (or if you haven't been scheduled yet!), we'd love to have you on the show. Remember that we're now cybercasting, and the show is heard worldwide. Please contact us by email to Contact Form, telephone (+1-802-485-3972) or postal mail (176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA).

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Do you have new recordings?

Many of you composers are popular with K&D listeners! (Bet you didn't know that!). Whenever you have new recordings, including good-quality concert recordings, be sure to forward us a copy. We can't play everything -- especially after the quantity of music we've started receiving now that K&D have been "discovered" by record labels -- but we try to keep our guests in our audience's ears. With cybercasting, that audience has grown dramatically. We also scan the covers of your recordings, and add the images to your web page (see below). Forward your latest recordings to Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA.

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Are your web pages current?

Recently some of you have started actively using your K&D web pages, and you realize that you have a good, diverse audience coming to visit you. But some of your pages are getting stale -- old photos, music clips, catalogs, bios, and even incorrect email addresses or phone numbers, and changed homepage links.

We actively submit pages to searchers, so fresh information is important. We update most of our pages every Saturday night, so please keep us updated. You can send us your text as an email, and you can send us photos and music clips as email attachments -- or through postal mail. You can also use our new FTP directory at ftp://ftp.maltedmedia.com/ We can use brief video clips (under 1 MB) on your pages as well. Some of what we use is listed below.

If you send us computer media, you may send us PC- or Mac-formatted diskettes, Zip disks or CDs:

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Do you have audio art for broadcast?

In the coming year, we would like to broadcast your audio art: essay, collage, composition, or other unique use of the audio medium. Just about anything creative you'd like to send in -- up to 10 minutes in length -- will be featured, and also added to your web page. For audio art, we would appreciate the material on CD, DAT or MiniDisc, but high-quality cassettes can also be used. Send material to us at 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA.

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Have you made cool scripts and applets?

With our new server in place, we have a little more breathing room. Some of you have made musical scripts or applets to run over the Web, and we would be pleased to have them served from the K&D site. So if you have Javascript or Java applets that would delight visitors, send them along ... we can't include cgi or applications that need to be run from our server, but other items are welcome. Email your applet, with instructions (and a demo, if necessary) to add to your web page, to Contact Form.

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Do you have essays and commentaries?

The commentaries and essays on the K&D pages are many and varied, and generate considerable public response. Send along some of your writings and we'll post them attached to your web page -- actually your web page suite, ha! -- and make sure they're found by searchers. Email a text copy to Contact Form, and include any illustrations, diagrams, etc., in JPEG or GIF format. If you have no electronic version of the materials, mail a crisp copy on white paper to us at 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA -- we'll convert them and get them posted.

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Can you provide graffiti page links?

One popular page is our graffiti page. Visitors love it, but we have few contributions of links from our guest composers. Check out how it works, and if you have links to some interesting things you're doing -- images, music, applets, writings, videos, etc. -- email the URLs to us.

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Why don't we play your music more often?

We have limited air time and virtually no budget, so some choices are made simply for our convenience -- and for this we apologize but hope you can understand. We two, the veritable Kalvos and Damian, choose the music, write the commentaries, conduct the interviews, edit the tapes, do our own engineering right down to WGDR's transmitter logs, and prepare all the post-show RealAudio conversions and web page updates.

Formats: We understand that it's too much to ask that every composer make copies of music on CD, but all other issues being equal, keep in mind that we'll grab a CD before any other format.

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Money

Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is a very costly project, and unlike Artswire, American Music Center, etc., we do not ask that our composer guests be members or pay for their web pages. But we do need support, and several composers and fans of new music have been generous. We thank them again here. K&D's fiscal agent is the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, a 501(c)3 organization, and gifts to K&D are tax-deductible in USA to the extent allowed. We are not presently funded by government or corporate grants, and only private contributions let the program continue, along with facilities generously provided by WGDR-FM and Goddard College.

Please offer any support you can. For more information, contact us by email, or just write out your check to "Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar" and send it to us at 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA. Gifts of DATs, blank CD-Rs, chrome cassettes, Zip disks, some nice traveling microphones, another portable DAT recorder, and other supplies -- as well as help with research and maintenance, and keeping your own K&D page fresh -- are also welcome.

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