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May - June 1999

K&D Newsletter


General News

News for Guest Composers


General News

A guide to Kalvos & Damian

On May 25, Kalvos & Damian celebrates four years on the air and three-and-a-half on the net. We've played nearly 4,000 pieces of music and interviewed 100 guest composers. What started as a little replacement show has grown into a new music community.

Just about two years ago, 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 over 550 web pages and 3,000 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 84,000-plus of you for visiting us in the past two years, and we hope you'll explore all our features.

Kalvos & Damian wants to do more than just entertain ... it provides musical insight from its many guest composers and its two host composers, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and David Gunn, and works with groups to provide on-line mentoring for students with important composers from around the world. Browse our site, or read our funding report, which details our projects and budget.

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Have you submitted a link? Then can you help?

Our Music Resources for Composers and Music Resources by Composers are suffering from lack of hands. When we began this project in 1995, we could barely find a hundred resources for and by composers. Now there are thousands, and we're simply unable to keep up; sadly, our composer references are over a year old. Volunteers are desperately needed to make these pages useful again. Please click here and see if you can rustle us up some help!

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We're rebirthing as kalvos.org!

In the next week or so, our new homepage, kalvos.org should begin trickling down nameservers worldwide. Still hosted by both Malted/Media and Goddard College, Kalvos & Damian now has an easy-to-remember home as kalvos.org. Please spread the word! Just enter "kalvos.org" into your browser! 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.

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Our cybercasts continue

For the past year, the K&D weekly 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. We use the RealAudio method, and you can get a player for your system either from our download page or from Real Networks. We also archive recent programs on Broadcast.com, but we are currently struggling with new RIAA contracts and Federal legislation that make creating conforming programs tricky. We'll let you know what happens in our fall newletter, or you can read the notices posted on our homepage.

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Our archived shows are flourishing

Listenership continues steady for K&D's archived programs. Broadcast.com continues to offer the most recent shows (see note above), 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 150 shows now, including interviews with John Appleton, Martin Arnold, Michael Arnowitt, Jacques Bailhé, Clarence Barlow, Gary Barwin, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz (twice), 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, David Dramm, Arpad Elo, Matthew H. Fields, Howard Jonathan Fredrics, Michael Frengel, David Gibson, Bill Gilliam, Stephen Gryc (twice), David Gunn (twice), Daron Hagen, Tom Hamilton, Jeff Harrington, William Harris, Christos Hatzis, Zeke Hecker, Dietmar Hippler, Fred Ho, Don Jamison, Udo Kasemets, Rip Keller, Chris Koenigsberg, David Kraus, Drew Krause, Johan van Kreij, Anne La Berge, Mary Jane Leach, John Levin, Anton Lukoszevieze, Benedict Mason, Thomas Massella, John McGuire, Elma Miller, Keith Moore, N.N. und Ähnliche Elemente, 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, Michael Sahl, 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 (twice), 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, and an impeachment festival of marches and dances.

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 Charles Amirkhanian, Kui Dong, Margaret Lancaster, and Scott L. Miller

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 don't go into effect for a while. We'll keep you updated, and in the meantime, be sure to be listening.

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Updated music resources -- can you help?

Our most popular sections, Music Resources for Composers and Music Resources by Composers, are desperately in need of a facelift again. 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 contact kalvos@maltedmedia.com.

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Money (sigh)

Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is a very costly project for we two producers. 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. You are invited to read our 1998 report to contributors.

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. Both our portable DAT recorders have failed after a number of years in service -- they are used for on-site interviews as well as archiving K&D shows and presentations. We have replaced them both, along with other equipment which has given up the ghost after four years on the job, but it's a costly undertaking. Please help!

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The Amsterdramm Project

The AmsterDramm Project was a live simulcast (radio and Internet) of Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar in an interview with composers David Dramm and Ann La Berge, along with a live concert of their music, on September 12, 1998. Also participating were many other composers and artists. The concert took place in STEIM's concert hall in Amsterdam as a finale to the annual Gaudeamus Music Week.

The 5-hour program 2:30-7:30pm EDT (1830 to 0130 GMT) was broadcast in the United States on WGDR-FM in Plainfield, Vermont, and cybercast to the Northeast US from its RealAudio server, with a USA-at-large mirror provided by Jesse Kanner Internet in California. In the Netherlands, the concert received immediate cybercast by VuurWerk Internet via high-bandwidth ISDN, and they provided the main feed to the United States east and west coasts as well.

David 'Damian' Gunn anchored the U.S. side of the interview from the WGDR studios, and Dennis 'Kalvos' Báthory-Kitsz was in Amsterdam at STEIM. The live interview and concert welcomed composer luminaries from the Netherlands. Pre-recorded segments of music filled out the program.

This was the first broadcast/cybercast of an extended live exchange via an Internet connection worldwide, and had only a few minutes of downtime -- one of the most successful experiments in the new technology. Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is seeking funding to pay its hosts back for the out-of-pocket expenses for technical requirements, publicity, and production expenses.

Click here for the photos and a complete audio document of the AmsterDramm evening!

Click here for the AmsterDramm Funding Page

This project needs to make up considerable funding -- we came up about $2,500 short. Please contact kalvos@maltedmedia.com, +1-802-485-3972, or write to 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA to make a tax-deductible contribution to this project.

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Board of Advisors

Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar established its Board of Advisors in September 1998. The Board 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.

Board of Advisors

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News for Guest Composers



Do you want to return as a guest?

After a tightly scheduled 1998-1999 winter season, our interview hours are now opening up for summer and fall. We have already had some returning guests -- Steve Gryc, Richard Tolenaar, and David Gunn -- and we'll have some open shows for guests to return. Peggy Madden is not only scheduled to return as a guest, but as guest-host for two special shows.

We had hoped to be broadcasting tapes from our Montréal tour by now, but we haven't raised the funding for this. We will be traveling to New York City again this summer, and if you're in New York and haven't been on the show (or have and want to come back), please let us know. 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.

To be a guest, please contact us by email to kalvos@maltedmedia.com, 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?

Composers on K&D are increasingly popular! 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" by record labels now) but we try to keep our guests in our audience's ears. With cybercasting, the 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.

New: When you send recordings, we would appreciate a note giving us permission to keep 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, and this is a pre-emptive request "just in case". Grant us permission to archive, and note that may be withdrawn at your request -- that should cover it.

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...

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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 most of our 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. I think we're caught up, but it's been a very busy fall.

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:

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How 'bout them station IDs?

We recently asked our guest composers to create 10-second K&D station IDs. Fewer than a dozen responded, but those were kewl spots. We love these IDs! Please do a few for us!

The would consist of your greeting, such as...

...followed by a phrase that ends with... 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 kalvos@maltedmedia.com.

If folks could ask our email-free guests to contribute -- or give us their email address if they now have one -- it would be most appreciated. Those whose email we don't have are Eliane Radigue, Clarence Barlow, 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.

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Do you have audio art for broadcast?

In the coming year, we would like to 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 10 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 can also be used. (We'll shortly be accepting Internet formats and CD-ROMs. If you want to send that, please get in touch first.)

First read our recordings submission guidelines, then 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, or link your existing applet. 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 using server features, but other items are welcome.

Email your applet, with instructions (and a demo, if necessary) to add to your web page, to kalvos@maltedmedia.com, 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.

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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 (read the guidelines) to kalvos@maltedmedia.com, and include any illustrations, diagrams, etc., in JPEG or 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.

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Want a web discussion board?

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. 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. As soon as (and if) we solve security issues, we can move the board directly onto the K&D site.

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.

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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.

This site has been pretty much neglected lately because of lack of new links sent to us, and we need our enthusiasm cranked up. Send us some cool links.

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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.

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!

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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, 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.

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