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|A Guide to Kalvos & Damian|
Kalvos & Damian is a new music broadcast/cybercast with archives and composer resources. We host guests and play interesting new music off the beaten eartrack. But our goal is to do more than just entertain ... we provide musical insight from our many guest composers and even ourselves. We two host composers, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and David Gunn, provide extensive on-line support for research into the latest compositions and ideas, work with educational groups to provide on-line mentoring for students with important composers from around the world, and keep a good sense of humor.
Browse our site and read our funding report and the 1999 report supplement, which detail our projects and budget. A new report for 1999-2000 will be out in the spring. In the meantime, please help support us.
|Show #250 is March 4! Join the celebration!|
We need a party, and Show #250 gives us a chance to do it. So why not give us a call, email, or even drop in March 4 from 2:30-4:30 pm EST. Contact us for directions or just to say hi. We want -- we need -- that party!
|Can't spell kalvos.org? Try newmusicbazaar.com|
Spelling gets in our way. We like things that look cool on the page. Problem is, folks can't spell them. Back in the early days when goddard.edu was our first new home and URLs were strange to everyone, we had a nightmare to read on the air: h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash sun-dot-goddard-dot-edu-slash students-slash w-g-d-r-slash kalvos-slash kalvos-dot-h-t-m-l. Now life is easier, but many folks tried to spell kalvos.org as "calvos" and thought it was a dot-com (calvos.com gets you this message: LA CALVICIE YA TIENE CURA...!! Sin Injertos, Ni Transplantes, Sin Cirugías ó Masajes, Ni Pelucas..!! / THE BALDNESS ALREADY HAS CURE...!! Without Implants, Neither Transplant, Without Surgeries or Massages, Neither Wigs..!! ).
So now we have set up a dot-com: newmusicbazaar.com. Spread the word! Oh... and we also have a new postal address due to E-911 changes in Vermont. We are now Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield Vermont 05663 USA.
|K&D has rotating show on MP3.com|
In January, Kalvos & Damian opened a new site on MP3.com with a rotating five-hour show featuring interesting composers who we have had or would like to have as guests on the show, including Jeff Harrington, Erika Jürgens, Joel Braverman, Sean Varah, David Drexler, N.N. und Ähnliche Elemente, Pamela Zero, David Gunn, Joseph Benzola, Stephen Smith, James Bohn, "Screwedupmusic" Duckworth, Chris Milmerstadt, Jeff Alu, Dan Fioretti, James Signorile, David Ernst, and Prent Rodgers. Head for http://www.mp3.com/stations/kalvos/ and have a listen.
|Guests 120 -- Visitors 150,000|
On March 15, Kalvos & Damian celebrates four-and-a half years of presenting new music on the Internet. Most of the K&D guest composers were heard on the net for the first time right here on this site. We're wrapping up our fifth broadcast year as well, and have played over 4,500 pieces of music and interviewed 120 guest composers. What started as a summer replacement show has grown into a new music community.
On March 1, Kalvos & Damian welcome our 150,000th visitor to this site. In April 1996 we installed our Honest Abe Web Counter. Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar contains nearly 1,000 web pages and 4,500 separate files, but visitors are only counted once, or when their browser cache is emptied. We may not gather a million visits a day like CNN, but we're grateful to all 150,000-plus of you for visiting us in the past three years, and we hope you'll explore continue to all our features.
|K&D T-Shirt Design Contest ... Where did everybody go?|
Kalvos & Damian still need shirts! We held our first T-Shirt Design Contest with a prize of a bucket of new music goodies, all the recognition you could stand, and our undying concern for your sanity. But the only entries we received were our own. So we've extended the contest until we receive a cool design! It'll also go on our new mugs and other trinkets! Check out the official rules and gory details, and then do your worst!
|Daron Hagen joins Board of Advisors|
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar established its Board of Advisors in September 1998. The Board -- all of them composers -- provides assistance and suggestions in matters of funding, publicity, and distribution, offers suggestions on composers to interview and cities to visit for interviews, and helps with problems. Our board consists of composers and active listeners to new music. We welcome a new member beginning in December 1999: Daron Aric Hagen of New York City.
Board of Advisors
|K&D featured four times|
K&D were delighted with a story that appeared in the Village Voice. Written by Kyle Gann, the piece called us "far and away the Web's best new music resource," and featuring many of the composers who have been guests, and leading with Jeff Harrington. He also said that we "have filled out a multidimensional musical world utterly free from the taint of academicism". Whew! We like that part! But don't let us pat ourselves on the pates; read the whole story in The Sound Bytes of Truth at http://www.villagevoice.com/arts/9927/gann.shtml.
Also, the New York Times put us on their list of important Web resources. Created by Matthew Mirapaul, who discovered us through our Conlon Nancarrow tribute a few years ago, the list is found at http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/reference/linksartsatlarge.html.
Finally, our own web host at kalvos.org and newmusicbazaar.com selected us as Site of the Week in late 1999. We've been delighted with pair networks as a web host for kalvos.org, newmusicbazaar.com, maltedmedia.com (K&D sponsor #1), vcme.org (K&D sponsor #2), weaselworld.org (Damian's homepage), orbitaccess.com (Kalvos's day job), and argentumfugit.com (Mrs. Kalvos's Day Job), and were thrilled to be named Site of the Week!
|K&D Ought-One Festival|
Plans have just been set in motion on a suggestion from new board member Phil Kline: A 2001 festival of music created by and presented by as many Kalvos & Damian guests as we can pack into Vermont for a week. We'll need advice, ideas, help, funding -- and we want to hear from you. We're calling it the Ought-One Festival (or maybe "Aught-One", dunno) ... and beyond knowing it'll be a week of incredible & insane music in lovely Vermont, we're wide open for ideas!
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|Our Saturday cybercasts continue|
Now available for well over a year, the K&D weekly live cybercast has become 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. Our composer music and interview samples are also streaming nicely. We use RealAudio, which gets good audio streams to most users. Get a RealAudio player for your system either from our download page or from Real Networks. If you like mp3 and have a good Internet connection, check out the WGDR-FM home page for a link to the ShoutCast stream.
|Our archived shows are your greatest resource|
Listenership continues strong for K&D's archived programs. 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 well over 200 shows now. Here are some of the interviews programs you can hear:
|Charles Amirkhanian, Beth Anderson (coming later in 2000), 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, Barbara Benary, Joseph Benzola (coming later in 2000), Henning Berg, Susan Bettmann, Peter Beyls, James Bohn, Gilles Yves Bonneau, Craig Bove, Warren Burt (coming later in 2000), Canary Burton, Allison Cameron, Joseph Celli, Joel Chadabe, Rhys Chatham, David Cleary, Nicolas Collins, Dennis Darrah, Maria de Alvear, David Del Tredici (coming later in 2000), Jody Diamond, Nick Didkovsky, Kui Dong, David Dramm, Arpad Elo, Matthew H. Fields, Howard Jonathan Fredrics, Michael Frengel, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, Doug Geers (coming later in 2000), David Gibson, Bill Gilliam, Stephen Gryc, David Gunn, Daron Hagen, Tom Hamilton, Jeff Harrington, William Harris, Christos Hatzis, Zeke Hecker, Dietmar Hippler, Fred Ho, Don Jamison, Udo Kasemets, Rip Keller, Carson Kievman (coming later in 2000), Phil Kline, Chris Koenigsberg, David Kraus, Drew Krause, Johan van Kreij, Anne La Berge, Margaret Lancaster, Elodie Lauten (coming later in 2000), Mary Jane Leach, John Levin, Anton Lukoszevieze, Eric Lyon, Peggy Madden, Masahiro Miwa, Benedict Mason, Thomas Massella, John McGuire, Elma Miller, Scott L. Miller, Martha Mooke (coming later in 2000), Keith Moore, N.N. und Ähnliche Elemente, Erik Nielsen, Mary Oliver, Pauline Oliveros, John Oswald, Stephen Parkinson, Sarah Peebles, Troy Peters, Bea Phillips, Huk Don Phun, Robert H.P. Platz, Larry Polansky, Robert D. Polansky, Eliane Radigue, Thomas L. Read, Douglas Repetto (coming later in 2000), Johnny Reinhard (coming later in 2000), Belinda Reynolds, Mary Lee Roberts (coming later in 2000), Kaija Saariaho, Michael Sahl, Eric Salzman (coming later in 2000), Arthur Sauer, Phillip Silver, Linda Catlin Smith, Stephen Smith, Ann Southam, Laurie Spiegel, Rick St. Clair, Don Stewart, Carl Stone, Peter Tavalin, James Tenney, George Todd, Richard Tolenaar, Michael Torke, Calliope Tsoupaki, Scott MX Turner, Peter Van Riper, Gwyneth Walker, Daniel Weymouth, and an original student opera.|
There are special show topics without guests, too: Atonality, funny music, marches, electronic music, a Webern celebration, piano and string quartets, music of the 1980s, Vermont Composers Festival, the odd "wimmintune" in two parts, unique instrumentation, New York composers, "ears over easy", music of war & stress, dance music, unusual combos, recent classics, rhythmic music, music for voices, Our Golden Age, music for winds, renting orchestras, homage to John Cage, tribute to Conlon Nancarrow, choruses, a two-week Electroacoustic Music Week special, political music, the Golden Bruce award, an impeachment festival of marches and dances, and a very special Composers' Wisdom four-part series in 1999.
The complete list of these shows if found at our KalvoNet page, and the new shows are always announced on the K&D homepage. These new shows will shortly include interviews with other composers joining us this fall -- we keep up as we can!
There are, however, some changes in U.S. law (the Millennium Copyright Act) which may make these programs scarce. We'll see; the most stringent restrictions are now in effect, and lawsuits are in progress everywhere. K&D has faced a cease-and-desist order already, and is addressing it. We are seeking pro-bono legal counsel for these issues. Please contact us if you can offer that. We'll keep you updated, and in the meantime, be sure to be listening.
|How you can help!|
We have several important projects that need hands and funds. Here they are:
Our applications to the Freeman Foundation, Copland Foundation, corporations, and others were turned down. Kalvos & Damian believes in accessibility for all, but our volunteer project needs transcribers for the composer interviews. Each interview lasts between 30 and 60 minutes of actual speech, and all are clear. If you want to help and are familiar with musical terms, please contact us and we'll provide you with interviews to transcribe.
Our Music Resources for Composers and Music Resources by Composers are suffering from neglect. When we began this project in 1995, we could barely find a hundred resources for and by composers. Now there are thousands -- dozens of new ones every week -- and we're unable to keep up. Our composer references were updated in July 1999, but some of our resource links are over 18 months old. Volunteers are needed to make these pages useful again. Please click here and see if you can rustle us up some help!
The web is expanding beyond our ability to keep up with it as we had, and it's a great disappointment for us to fall behind with this, since K&D was the definitive site for new music links for the first three years of its existence. We have been graced by research from composers David Robert Stewart and Prof. William Harris, who helped us post a refreshed 2,000-link resource collection last June, but we're months and months behind schedule on our latest updates. With current update submissions, more than a third of the resource list will be entirely new for next month.
Are you available to research a few pages and update links? Do you have students looking for some research work? Please check our resource pages to see what we need, and then please contact us.
There are changes in U.S. law (the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) which are making our project difficult. The law's most stringent restrictions are now in effect, and lawsuits are in progress everywhere, such as that between the RIAA and MP3.com. K&D has faced a cease-and-desist order already (part of a blanket order to all websites with audio), but nevertheless, we are seeking pro-bono legal counsel for copyright issues. We have always obtained licenses we need, but a peculiar provision in the law with respect to archiving our broadcast material has given us a struggle. Please contact us if you can offer help.
If you are a teacher needing composers to speak with, we can put you in touch. But we also need a coordinator for our Composer Mentoring Project, which has been dormant for over a year. If you want to help re-activate this unique program, please contact us.
Our project is presently 85% funded by the two hosts, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and David Gunn. This amounts to nearly $30,000. So please see our request below, or simply contact us with your contribution.
|Funds very much needed|
Our thanks to the latest contributors to K&D: Rand Steiger, Joseph Benzola, John Blinn, Dean Dierschow, Kui Dong, Matthew H. Fields, Richard Fredette, James Grant, Patrick Grant, Steve Gryc, Rip Keller, John Levin, Jeanna Malachowski, Sarah Peebles, William Rhoads, Aggie Birdsong Smee, Carl Stone, Argentum Fugit Farm, ASCAP, Carl Fischer Inc., DoDaDa Idea Company, Quality Software Solutions, Northfield Savings Bank, and anonymous individual and business contributors
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is a very costly project for us two producers, who did not benefit from the economy of IPO's and on-line trading. 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 -- our most recent grant application to a major music funding source was turned down in January 2000 -- and only private contributions let the program continue, along with facilities generously provided by WGDR-FM and Goddard College. You are invited to read our 1998 report to contributors and the 1999 supplement (PDF documents).
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, and other supplies -- as well as help with research and maintenance -- are also welcome.
Another excellent way of supporting K&D indirectly is to use the services offered by the hosts, David Gunn and Dennis Báthory-Kitsz: We accept commissions for music, and provide writing and editing via The Transitive Empire, or Web site accessibility evaluations such as this one from OrbitAccess.
|News for Guest Composers|
|Do you want to return as a guest?|
Our schedule for 2000 through October is tight, but our interview hours are now opening up for the late fall. We have already hosted numerous returning guests, and we'll always keep open shows for guests to visit us again. If you're in the area, we welcome you to schedule an appearance. Scott MX Turner, in fact, was to be passing through Vermont and is scheduled to appear live with his band The Devil's Advocates on our March 11, 2000, program.
We had hoped to be broadcasting tapes from our Montréal visit by now, but we haven't raised the funding for this travel, and so it has been delayed for well over a year. We did trek to New York City in January and had a wonderful time. Our thanks to John McGuire and Beth Griffiths for their hospitality and to the American Music Center and Mary Jane Leach for hosting our interviews.
If you would like to return as a guest on Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar (or if you haven't appeared at all!), we'd love to have you on the show. Remember that we're also cybercasting, and the show is heard worldwide.
Not all our guests have been, um, "into" the idea of being on K&D. It's hard to know why a composer would contact us to be on the show, and then do everything possible to antagonize us. But for a chuckle on what not to do, read Kalvos's chronicle, How Not to Prepare for a K&D Guest Appearance.
To be a guest, please contact us by email, phone, or post.
|Do you have new recordings?|
Whenever you have new recordings (especially good-quality concert recordings) be sure to forward us a copy. We can't play everything (K&D has been "discovered") but we want to keep our guests in our audience's ears, and we love to present unique live recordings. We also scan the covers of your recordings, and add the images to your web page (see below). If you have a record label, please ask them to send us copies. Forward your latest recordings directly to Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA. (Do not send recordings to WGDR. They will not reach K&D, as we are independently produced.)
With your recordings, please include a note giving us permission to include your music as part of our cybercast archives. All of you have been enthusiastic about this in the past, but new legislation is complicating our lives. This once was a pre-emptive request "just in case", but now we really need it: We hate to deal in these legal issues, but the back-and-forth lawsuits under the new Digital Millennium Copyright Act are crazy. Despite our non-profit and research status, our cybercast licenses, and our very purpose, we have been targeted in the blanket cease-and-desist order net being thrown out by licensing agencies. We are reluctant to broadcast any material that cannot be archived, so please grant us permission to archive, and note that may be withdrawn at your request. Below is the agreement created by our friend Joseph Celli at oodiscs:
Agreement between [Composer, Label] and Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar ("K&D"), a broadcast program, Internet cybercast, and Web site sound archive.
[Composer, Label] hereby certifies that all audio files placed on-line as part of the K&D Web site, and on servers managed by K&D creators, are made available to the public with the expressed permission of the publishers of the compositions and the actual recorded work, and that all royalties or waiver of royalty have been cleared with the artists or their representatives by [Composer, Label]. No funds for the use of samples of these recordings are required as long as no sales of transactions of a monetary or substantial nature occur.
[Composer, Label] further agrees to take full legal responsibility for any problems that may arise with publishers, artists or their representatives (including but not limited to organizations like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc).
Are you prolific? Please don't overwhelm us. Send us one or two good CDs of your work. One guy (you know who you are!) sent us eight CDs, and we hardly know where to start. When was the last time you listened to eight CDs by another composer? Yah.
Make listening easy on us! Then you'll get played more often ... well, write great music first, but you know what we mean. When you submit recordings, try to give us a hand by using the guidelines below. First, label, label, label! Then...
|Are your web pages current?|
Many of you have started actively using your K&D web pages. But some other pages are getting stale -- old photos, music clips, catalogs, bios, and even incorrect email addresses or phone numbers and changed homepage links. Bad.
We actively submit pages to searchers, so fresh information is important. We try to update pages every Saturday night, so please keep us informed. 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://maltedmedia.com/incoming/ We can use brief video clips (under 1 MB) on your pages as well. Some of what we use is listed below. Note: Email us if you use FTP so we can retrieve the files!
If we haven't yet updated your page, please remind us. We've just caught up again, but it's been a very busy winter.
From March through May, updates will be slow as we complete several major artistic projects!
If you send us computer media, you may send us PC- or Mac-formatted diskettes, Zip disks or CDs. Good preparation helps all around. Now... how do you make us want to update your page? This way:
|How about those K&D station IDs?|
We look forward to our guest composers' creation of 10-second K&D station IDs. We now have 40 very kewl spots. We love these IDs! Please do a few for us!
The ID would consist of your greeting, such as...
Record the message in your native language (or another language of your choice!), and using whatever audio techniques or special effects you'd like. You can mail us a recording to 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA, FTP us an uncompressed or
.mp3 file via binary transfer to ftp://maltedmedia.com/incoming/ or email us a
.mp3 file (please don't email uncompressed files) to Contact Form.
Do you know one of our email-free guests? Please ask them to contribute an ID -- or give us their email address if they now have one. Those whose email we don't have are Eliane Radigue, Shane Rooks, Batya Weinbaum, Barbara Wellspring, Fred Ho, Kaija Saariaho, Ann Southam, Udo Kasemets, Benedict Mason, Dennis Murphy, Glenn Sproul, Craig Bove, Olex Beck, Mary Oliver, and Henning Berg.
We would love it if every guest recorded a station ID for us! Many thanks -- we've been having great fun with this.
|Do you have audio art for broadcast?|
This year, we will broadcast more of 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 about 15 minutes in length -- will be featured, and also added to your web page. For audio art, we would appreciate the material on CD-R, DAT or MiniDisc, but for this project, high-quality cassettes or MP3s can also be used.
|Have you made cool scripts or applets?|
Email your applet or link, with instructions (and a demo, if necessary) to add to your web page, to Contact Form, or use our FTP site via ASCII (for scripts) or binary (for compiled applets) transfer to ftp://maltedmedia.com/incoming/ site. Source code is welcome for posting if you'd like to share it.
|Do you have essays, commentaries, word art?|
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 attach them to your web page suite -- and make sure they're found by searchers.
Email a text copy (read the guidelines) to Contact Form, and include any illustrations, diagrams, etc., in
GIF format. You can also FTP (ftp://maltedmedia.com/incoming/) the materials using ASCII transfer. If you have no electronic version of the goodies, 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 when we have time.
|Web discussion board: Do you want it?|
We have set up a web discussion board off-site at Malted/Media at the request of several composers. You can begin using it immediately, introducing your own topics as you go along, but it still isn't official.
Unfortunately, since our last announcement, it has seen no use. Perhaps there are too many of these on the web. But if you have a particular interest and would like to have an ongoing section of the board dedicated to it, please contact us to set you up a section and give you moderator status -- Anne La Berge, for example, is preparing a discussion board for contemporary flute techniques.
The discussion board will be officially announced and linked to the K&D homepage once we get a sense from you of how it might be used.
|Do you have graffiti links or materials?|
One popular page is our graffiti page. Visitors love it, and we're starting to get funky 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.
|Why don't we play your music more often?|
We have limited air time and virtually no budget, so some choices are made for our convenience; we apologize but hope you can understand. The two composer/hosts 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 post-show RealAudio conversions and web page updates.
We've set up some guidelines. Selections most likely to be played are great compositions (...had to say that!...), under 15 minutes in length, and recorded on a clearly indexed medium, including CD, CD-R, Minidisc, vinyl, and even cassette. 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. Remember, we love to play stuff. So please follow these format guidelines to keep us enthused!
|Did you make big bucks in an IPO?|
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is a costly project for us. 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, Goddard College, and our own Malted/Media.
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 like AT825's, a digital input board for our computer like the Zefiro ZA2, and other supplies -- as well as help with research and maintenance, and keeping your own K&D page fresh -- are also welcome.