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Chronicle of the NonPop Revolution
We Have Broadcast 400 Shows
We are approaching show #404. That means nearly 1,000 hours of K&D, as if we broadcast 24 hours a day for six weeks. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Our local summer replacement show has turned into an Internet radio geezer and some old guys of new nonpop.
On May 24, 2003, Kalvos & Damian will begin its ninth year on the air with show #416, having begun in the spring of 1995. We soon took our experiment online. We had early audio online (RealAudio 1.0, yes indeed, long before mp3 rocked the web), and made history with K&D/Webproject online mentoring and the Amsterdramm transatlantic cyber/broadcast, and 2001's Ought-One Festival of NonPop. So we were happy to celebrate 400 shows -- actually celebrated on show #402 ("K&D AM" -- nonpop as top 40) because of the loss of the Columbia space shuttle.
Many thanks are offered to The Argosy Foundation as well as individual contributors for their continuing support of Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar.
The WGDR Crisis
We had inklings about the future of Goddard College, which owns WGDR as far back as mid-2001, when they bumped our Ought-One Festival off campus. But by spring of 2002, the future of Goddard, which had undergone fiscal and infrastructure crises, was in doubt. They shuttered their resident program and soon enough threatened to turn off the juice to WGDR. Already the web streaming was gone and the network debilitated.
The Friends of WGDR was formed to help salvage the station. A tug-of-war ensued as The Friends and Goddard both claimed rights to the station on moral or legal grounds. Goddard held the license and provided part of WGDR's budget, but the community had supported the station with staff and contributions for 25 years. The Goddard board of trustees anted up some cash to keep the station on the air as the derelict campus was consolidated into a non-resident program and all offices were shifted to the library (which also houses WGDR and K&D's famous "Studio Z" -- the student recording studio).
By the beginning of 2003, it was a complete standoff. Goddard was imploding, with trustee resignations, but keeping the station alive until April, while the Friends were in disarray in their inability to self-govern and raise money. As of this issue of the K&D Newsletter, the future of WGDR is still in doubt.
We will continue to broadcast as long as we can, and then, if necesssary, we will take the show on the road, recording in public places to live audiences, and cybercasting the results. In the meantime, several radio stations have expressed interest in the K&D show.
We'll keep you posted.
2002: Difficult and Rewarding
2002 was a difficult and incomplete year. A hard act to follow was 2001's Ought-One Festival of NonPop of 35 concerts and 100 composers all gathered in downtown Montpelier, Vermont. And on its heels, the September 11 tragedy (memorialized with our September 11 pages and covered by Matthew Mirapaul of the New York Times) damaged the American psyche. Soon our own funding was strained (we were already carrying a debt over Ought-One), and then the WGDR crisis happened. Our show stayed on line with the good graces of Pittsburgh's pair Networks -- where kalvos.org has been hosted for six years -- and their special rates for our projects, as well as web streaming courtesy of the Princeton String Academy, but the live show stream has remained down for the past year.
Setbacks didn't stop our planning but it wasn't all fun. Kalvos's day job is as a freelance tech writer, and the tech crash took his income with it. The ZipThree NonPop Festival, originally scheduled for August 23-24 of 2003, has been canceled. The enthusiastically begun The K&D Deli, an online recipe book from composers around the world, has sputtered as composers all struggle with finances.
The end of 2002 gave us hope, however. Not only was WGDR still on the air, but The Argosy Foundation provided a gift of $10,000 for operating funds for 2003. Though our work remains volunteer, we are now -- gratefully -- not strapped for materials, equipment, and interview tour expenses. Our thanks to Argosy for their generosity.
ZipThee NonPop 2003 Canceled; Deli Waiting to Open
We had two new projects in the works: The K&D Deli and the ZipThree NonPop 2003 Festival.
ZipThree NonPop 2003 was to be the new & improved Kalvos & Damian festival of nonpop for August 2003. Unfortunately, finances and time caught up with us, and ZipThree NonPop 2003 is canceled. We have begun planning for 2004, and some concerts sponsored by K&D will still happen in 2003, but for now that's our only announcement: No ZipThree.
The K&D Deli will be an online collection of the favorite recipes of our K&D guests, the world's favorite composers -- of course. The Deli was originally planned to open in 2002, but circumstances stood in the way. But not only will the recipes be online in 2003, you'll also be able to purchase your own copy of The Composer's Cookbook: Recipes from the K&D Deli later this year!
Live Chat Room and Bulletin Board Forum
The Bulletin Board has sections for discussion and posting announcements of concerts and new releases. The Live Chat Forum is an opportunity to meet with composers and performers. The room is always open, but specific conversation times & dates will be announced as this develops.
NonPop is Catching On!
NonPop was invented by Kalvos & Damian as a meta genre to help retire the old categories of "new music" or "avant-garde" or "modern music" or "classical music" that had too much ugly baggage associated with them. Well doggone if it isn't catching on! The term has begun to pop up (or is that nonpop up?) in emails, on websites, and in other correspondence.
Even moreso, since we began The NonPop International Network, the word has begun to be heard with increasing frequency. Yes, we know it isn't accurate and has all sorts of flaws as a description. Jazz is certainly nonpop, but it has a well-wrought word. Our own music was suffering by its poor descriptive terms, not only because of some of the music itself!
So use "nonpop" when you get the opportunity. It feels real good!
CARP: What It Means to K&D and You (Updated)
After several years of comments and industry influence, the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel's rules went into effect last year. Despite revisions, the CARP rules are still a nightmare. Together with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), government has joined hands with the music industry (not the artists, but the industry) to extend copyright unreasonably with the "Sonny Bono Copyright Extension" and to make cybercasting unwieldy for all but wealthy corporate interests. Here is how it has affected K&D:
The DMCA has caused a rights nightmare. The US Constitution establishes copyright in its main body, not the amendments. But that intellectual property protection is an exchange of the creator's interests with society's interests. By extending copyrights well past the death of the authors (even though the Supreme Court found it acceptable in early 2003), the vital exchange of ideas is thwarted; for composers, the use of material that was originally the work of others for new creations has been squashed. From symphonic variations to rap, the activity of sampling (both 'note' style and electronic) has been chilled. As composers, that is our creative interest.
But K&D has a further problem. Our archives not only predate the DMCA, but the CARP rules are retroactive for four years, back to 1998. Thousands of audio files have been listened to on K&D. According to the revised CARP rules, we would have been obligated at $.0007 per 'song' (to the industry, everything from I'm a Slave 4 U to Missa Solemnis is a 'song'). Some $300 a year is not bad, somewhere around the cost of an ASCAP license for our small listenership.
But it's not so easy. If we could just slap down five bucks a week, that would be cool. But no, we have to analyze our server logs in detail: how many listens, what songs, what licenses, and worst of all, what 'songs' in what portion of what shows -- all or part? Who listened? Was it Kalvos checking for file integrity? A searcher doing block downloads? How about the composers and performers who gave us releases and don't need royalities? The recordkeeping for a few bucks is absurd -- which is why ASCAP and BMI devised simple licensing years ago..
But those days are over.. The industry was late to the table regarding cybercasting, and now it wants to catch up by driving everyone else out of 'their' marketplace -- never mind that they squatted the territory all the experimental geeks and artists created -- through abuse, litigation, pocketed legislators, prohibitive rules, ignorant judges, and for some, staggering royalties. This situation is unprecedented. We're great fans of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which speaks where we (as nonprofits) cannot. Please see the Save Internet Radio site for more information.
Ultimately, the DMCA and CARP may destroy K&D. Fortunately, since we last wrote about this, it hasn't happened. Our collegial agreements with composers and record labels will probably help us, but sorting out legalistic details, should it come to that, will be beyond our time & tolerance.
CARP won our 2002 Golden Bruce award. No wonder.
Guests Nearing 200 -- Visitors Close In On Half a Million
As we mentioned above, Kalvos & Damian recently celebrated 400 shows presenting new music on the air and on line. Many composers were heard on the air the first time as K&D guests, and most of the K&D guest composers were heard on the net for the first time right here. We have played nearly 7,000 pieces of music and interviewed close to 200 guest composers (some still to be broadcast).
Shortly, Kalvos & Damian will welcome our half-millionthth visitor to this site, since we started counting in April 1997. Though Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar contains nearly 1,000 web pages and over 5,000 separate files, visitors are only counted once (or when their browser cache is emptied) -- even though our logs show an average of 90 'hits' per visitor. Work that out and you see we've had over 45 million hits on K&D! CNN may gather that much in a month, but we're grateful to the nearly half million of you who have visited us in the past eight years.
We also hope you'll tell others about us. The best part of our work is knowing that people across the globe listen to new music streamed and archived here. Composers, publishers, and record labels have generously permitted us to maintain these archives -- so if you listen, also consider purchasing CDs of the music (we hope to put up "buy this CD" links next year). Sometimes you can't (K&D plays lots of music on private recordings from the composers), but in that case, a friendly email to us or them would be welcome.
And don't forget to contribute electronically to Kalvos & Damian right now using PayPal or go to our funding page and send us a check. Thank you!
Why listen to Kalvos & Damian?
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is different music radio. K&D has taken on a task no one else has dared to do -- to present NonPop and its composers as a normal state of life's affairs, challenge and entertainment and funkiness and all: Music that is cool or cold or hot, composers who speak eloquently or trip over their own thinking, people who are quirky or sparkling or dull and whose music ranges from sonic big-eyed-kids-n-clowns-on-black-velvet through the Ockeghems of our time. Composers who are alive & live or unedited live-on-tape, with no second chances or politically correct rewrites. No cream of an afternoon's interview skimmed for satellite, but just the tumbling forward -- or the uncomfortable pauses -- of an afternoon visit.
In the process, we often embarrass the NonPop community (once called the 'new music' community, but that's changing). You won't see us mentioned in print very often (save for local press and the ever-perceptive Village Voice and Matt Mirapaul at the New York Times), despite having an audio archive of interviews that would take twenty-five 40-hour weeks to hear. That's because we have opinions, hate fakery, love credibility, and don't mind if composers weave a verbal rope for their own hanging. We also do the unthinkable in 'classical' music. We mix. We multitrack. We interrupt, dovetail, cut off, laugh, sneer, enthuse, or hoot.. We don't justify with pop similes or Mozartean parallels. And it doesn't matter if the composer is already famous, or we help in the discovery. The music just better not suck.
Sometimes it's stupid, sometimes we're stupid, because we play on the same field as our guests. We're composers, but that's not what we mean by playing on the same field. We don't script the show, nor prepare questions in advance, so no one knows what's coming next, not us, not the guest. Our guest composers are welcome to show us up as louts or compadres. Yes, we prepare material carefully for each show, but we also improvise it on a theme, a Glass Bead Game of 120 minutes length. It's a soirée or a matinée or just a kick-back in the locker room.
We also have personal standards that make our show unexpected -- despite doing an AM radio-style version of the show in February. We know what we like, sure, but we'll play anything that's well made or interesting or even dull if there's a story to tell. K&D won't let you down, even if it makes you angry or stunned or shuffle-footed red-faced at our awkwardness, makes vanity labels livid, or makes a composer (or two or three) head back for the manuscript paper (or to the showers).
Ultimately, you'll hear music available nowhere else, and hear from the composers themselves.
The September 11 Tragedy
We at Kalvos & Damian live in the serene hills of Vermont, far from the events that we watched with disbelief. We became artistically paralyzed. We lost significance. We searched for a way to speak, but as individual artists, could find none. So instead, we put out a call for music, and the results are found on The September 11 Musical Gallery. This gallery was open to new contributions until March 11, and will stay up as long as K&D does. Please visit for an insight into how composers and sound artists overcame their 9/11 paralysis.
A Guide to Kalvos & Damian
Kalvos & Damian is a broadcast/cybercast of new music and interviews, with audio archives, essays, presentations, and composer resources. We host guests and play interesting new music. But our goal is to do more than just entertain ... we provide musical and personal insight from our many guest composers and even ourselves. 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.
Previous newsletters provided a list of site features in this section. We've changed our navigation, so now browse our site using the new site design & navigation, or you can look at the site map for a few hidden bits. Read our funding reports:
These detail our projects and budget. In the meantime, please help support us.
Board of Advisors keeps us sane!
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.
Board of Advisors
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 300 shows now. Here are some of the interviews programs you can hear:
|Alex Abele, Charles Amirkhanian, Beth Anderson, Laurie Anderson, 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, Henning Berg, Susan Bettmann, Peter Beyls, James Bohn, Gilles Yves Bonneau, Matt Borghi, Michael Boriskin, Craig Bove, Boudewijn Buckinx, Warren Burt, Canary Burton, Claudio Calmens, Allison Cameron, Cory Carlick, Joseph Celli, Joel Chadabe, Rhys Chatham, David Cleary, Nicolas Collins, Moniek Darge, Dennis Darrah, Maria de Alvear, Guy de Bièvre, Christopher DeLaurenti, David Del Tredici, Jody Diamond, Nick Didkovsky, Kui Dong, Emily Doolittle, David Dramm, Robert Duckworth, Arpad Elo, Elizabeth Falconer, Matthew H. Fields, Howard Jonathan Fredrics, Michael Frengel, Ellen Fullman, Martín Alejandro Fumarola, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, Doug Geers, Mark Gibbons, David Gibson, Bill Gilliam, Janice Giteck, Daniel Goode, James Grant, Stephen Gryc, David Gunn, Daron Hagen, Gregory Hall, Tom Hamilton, Jeff Harrington, William Harris, Christos Hatzis, Tom Heasley, Zeke Hecker, David Heuser, Dietmar Hippler, Fred Ho, Steven Holochwost, Brenda Hutchinson, Don Jamison, Evan Johnson, Udo Kasemets, Rip Keller, Carson Kievman, Phil Kline, Kyoko Kobayashi Chris Koenigsberg, David Kraus, Drew Krause, Johan van Kreij, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne La Berge, Margaret Lancaster, Vanessa Lann, Elodie Lauten, Steve Layton, Mary Jane Leach, John Levin, George Lewis, Anton Lukoszevieze, Eric Lyon, Peggy Madden, David Mahler, Masahiro Miwa, Benedict Mason, Thomas Massella, John McGuire, Elma Miller, Scott L. Miller, Martha Mooke, Keith Moore, Dennis Murphy, 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, André Posman, Jarrad Powell, Eliane Radigue, Godfried-Willem Raes, Thomas L. Read, Douglas Repetto, Johnny Reinhard, Belinda Reynolds, Mary Lee Roberts, Elena Ruehr, Frederic Rzewski, Kaija Saariaho, Michael Sahl, Eric Salzman, Arthur Sauer, Roddy Schrock, Andrew Schulze, Elliott Schwartz, Phillip Silver, Linda Catlin Smith, Stephen Smith, David W. Solomons, Ann Southam, Laurie Spiegel, Glenn Sproul, Rick St. Clair, David Stevens, Don Stewart, Carl Stone, Fred Szymanski, Tadashi Usami, Peter Tavalin, James Tenney, George Todd, Richard Tolenaar, Michael Torke, Bill Trimble, Calliope Tsoupaki, Scott MX Turner, Peter Van Riper, Martijn Voorvelt, Samuel Vriezen, Gwyneth Walker, Barbara Wellspring, Daniel Weymouth, and an original student opera.|
There are special show topics without guests, too: A three-part September 11 Tragedy tribute, the ongoing concerts from the Ought-One Festival, KNDAM (K&D as AM radio), a year post 9/11, avant-garde continuum, "not an Elvis tribute", Canadian classix, music from Moscow, tributes to CRI/Frog Peak/OO/XI records, atonality, funny music, marches, electronic music, piano and string quartets, music of the 1980s, "tune tech", Vermont Composers Festival, the odd "wimmintune" in two parts, "A Cheap History of Time", "A Cheap History of Computers in Music", contraptionology, Low Countries Preview, unique instrumentation, New York composers, Seattle composers, "ears over easy", music of war & stress, dance music, unusual combos, recent classics, rhythmic music, nonpop improvisation, music for voices, Our Golden Age, music for winds, renting orchestras, celebrations of Anton Webern, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow, David Tudor, Iannis Xenakis, and Harry Partch, choruses, a two-week Electroacoustic Music Week special, political music, the annual Golden Bruce awards, an impeachment festival of marches and dances, the "New Partnership" of live & electronic music, and a special 13-part Composers' Wisdom Series.
The complete list of these shows if found at our KalvoNet page, and the new shows are always announced on the K&D homepage.
We have addressed most issues presented by changes in U.S. law (the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) which we talked about in the last newsletter, and again in this one. The most stringent restrictions are now in effect, and lawsuits are in progress everywhere, but K&D has made an acceptable case to publishers and record labels, and they are happy with our presence on line. We are still seeking pro-bono legal counsel as these issues continue. Please contact us if you can offer that.
We would like to commend BUMA, the Dutch licensing agency, for being the first in the world to freely license medium-fidelity streaming audio of their composers' music. That's the kind of progress we believe in. We'll keep you updated, and in the meantime, be sure to keep listening.
Our Saturday Cybercasts are Gone
The K&D weekly live cybercast had become a very popular feature, sometimes running our server to its limits, and sometimes being entirely down. But now, due to the WGDR Crisis, our Saturday cybercasts are probably gone forever. There's talk about resuming them for shows like ours, but that's just talk. We'll let you know.
How you can help!
We have several important projects that still need hands and funds. Here they are:
Our applications to the Freeman Foundation, Copland Foundation, corporations, and others have all been turned down. What we do here at K&D apparently doesn't make sense to the institutional world. Kalvos & Damian believes in accessibility for all, but our volunteer project needs transcribers to turn the composer interviews into text. 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, or a $100 contribution will pay our professional transcriptionist for one interview. Let us know. Buy one transcript for all for $100!
Our Music Resources for Composers and Music Resources by Composers are suffering from serious neglect, and have been suspended. 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 were unable to keep up. Our Music Resources by Composers have been turned over to The Living Composers Project headed up by Dan Albertson and Ron Hannah.
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. For a year, we were graced by research from composers David Robert Stewart and Prof. William Harris, who helped us refresh the 2,000-link resource collection three years ago, but this area is a jumble of dead and redirected links.
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.
As we mentioned above, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is making our project time-consuming if not occasionally difficult. The law's most stringent restrictions are now in effect, and lawsuits are in progress everywhere, such as that still underway between the record labels and MP3.com. K&D has amicably settled 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 retroactive 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 five years. If you want to help re-activate this unique program, please contact us.
Our project is presently 75% funded by the two hosts, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and David Gunn, with the rest provided by generous donors and The Argosy Foundation. Please see our request below, contact us with your contribution, or simply use PayPal.
Funds very much needed
Our thanks to the contributors to and regular supporters of K&D.
Broadcast/Cybercast and Website are Sponsored by
WGDR-FM 91.1 Community Radio, Malted/Media Productions, The Princeton String Academy, pair Networks, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Vermont Composers Consortium
...with additional financial support provided by these individuals...
Alex Abele, Eve Beglarian, Joseph Benzola, John Blinn, James Bohn, Robert Bonotto*, Canary Burton**, Don Corson*, Dean Dierschow*, Kui Dong, David Drexler, Tom Duff, Matthew H. Fields*, Richard Fredette, Patricia Goodson, James Grant, Patrick Grant*, Steve Gryc, Greg Hall, Jeff Harrington*, Rip Keller, Steve Layton**, John Levin*, Jeanna Malachowski, Timothy M. Mennel, Sarah Peebles*, William Rhoads, Aggie Birdsong Smee*, Brad Smith, Rand Steiger, Carl Stone, Jenny Undercofler
...by these organizations...
Argentum Fugit Farm, ASCAP, Cabot Creamery, Carl Fischer Inc., DoDaDa Idea Company, Quality Software Solutions, Northfield Savings Bank*,
...as well as by...
Anonymous Individual and Business Contributors
...and by a major continuing gift from...
The Argosy Foundation
*Continuing support **Special ongoing support
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar did not benefit from the economy of IPO's and on-line trading, and is taking a harder hit now with the economic collapse. Our fiscal agent is the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, a 501(c)3 organization, so 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. You are invited to read our Financial Reports to Contributors from 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1999 supplement (PDF documents).
Please offer your support. For more information, contact us by email, 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, or send a micro- or macro-payment via PayPal. Gifts of DATs, blank CD-Rs, Zip disks, good headphones, and other supplies -- as well as help with research and maintenance, and additional software or music database system (we do this site by hand right now) -- are also welcome.
Another excellent way of supporting K&D indirectly is to use the services offered by our sponsors pair Networks of Pittsburgh and The Princeton String Academy, or services offered by the show's hosts, David Gunn and Dennis Báthory-Kitsz: We accept commissions for music, do audio recording, mastering, and restoration, provide writing and editing via The Transitive Empire, or offer Web site accessibility evaluations such as this one from OrbitAccess. Oh, yes -- David's new CD, Somewhere East of Topeka is available now from Albary Records!
News for Guest Composers
Do you want to return as a guest?
Our schedule is opening up for the coming months (spring/summer 2003), so that means there are lots of spots for composers who are visiting Vermont. We always keep open shows for guests to visit us again, so if you're in the area, please schedule an appearance! See the end of the latest playlist for the current tentative schedule.
We broadcast tapes from a Seattle trek and some European venues in 2002, as well as most of the concerts from the Ought-One Festival. In the works for 2003 are a Bay Area tour a run down the East Coast including New York, so if you're a composer in the area interested in being on K&D, contact us for a spot. We may also make a return to Europe in late 2003.
If you would like to come back as a guest on Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, we'd love to have you on the show. Remember that this is real radio with knobs and buttons as well as a cybercast. We used to emphasize the cybercast part, but now that everybody's doin' bitcasts -- remember that we're old-fashioned broadcast radio, doggone!
An odd thing: Not all our guests know how K&D works, even after they ask to be on the show. We have fun, we zone out on academia, and we let guests, um, talk themselves into a corner. So for a chuckle on what not to do if you come to K&D, read Kalvos's real-life chronicle, How Not to Prepare for a K&D Guest Appearance, where names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Do you have new recordings?
We repeat this message in every newsletter, so bear with us -- most of the content is the same, but some important changes pop up every time.
Whenever you have new recordings (especially good-quality concert recordings), please forward us a copy. We can't play everything (or even most everything, with all the wonderful new releases) but we want to keep our guests in our audience's ears. We especially love to present unique live recordings that aren't commercially available. We also scan the covers of your released 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.
Important: Do not send recordings to WGDR! They will not reach K&D, as we are independently produced.
With your recordings (both for regular broadcast and for your interview), please include a note giving us permission to include your music as part of our cybercast archives.
Most of you have been respecting this request. What was once a pre-emptive "just in case" request is now essential: We hate legal issues. Lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders under the new Digital Millennium Copyright Act collared everyone into the Digital Witch Trials, and now there's CARP.
Despite our non-profit and research status, our cybercast licenses, and our very purpose, we are targeted. We no longer broadcast music that cannot be archived, so please do not forget the 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. 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 are using your K&D web pages, and others of you have discovered the joys of your own personal web pages. The latter seems to be the case now, and we're losing some of your active submissions (and, sniff, interest).
So here's what we're gonna do.
We actively submit pages to searchers, so fresh information is important -- including where you've moved. We try to update pages monthly. 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. For any submissions it's best to use our FTP directory at ftp://maltedmedia.com/incoming/
Note: Because our site is an archive site, everything you submit stays posted (except for legal problems not anticipated by K&D or the composer!). We will (rarely) unlink some items (such as older photos), and we usually just comment out old bios in the source code. But you are who you are, and as K&D guests, you realize that you appeared on our show unedited and uncensored. That's always been our philosophy -- though most of you know that, a few composers thought our pages were promotional replacements for an agent. Can't imagine why!
We can use brief video clips 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. Updates were slow this year as we completed our own major artistic projects -- including a few orchestral premieres.
If you send us computer media, you may send us PC- or Mac-formatted diskettes, Zip disks or CDs. If emailing or FTPing files, Mac users be sure to use file extensions and save as cross-platform files.
Good preparation helps all around:
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 45 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 any other language, if you like!), 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.
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?
We would broadcast more of your audio art -- essay, collage, composition, or other unique use of the audio medium -- if we could get it! Come on, 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. One essay received over 900 visits one week, apparently the result of a university assignment; the composer was pleased.
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: It's Ready and Waiting!
Why don't we play your music more often?
We have limited air time and budget, so choices are made for our convenience; we 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, prepare post-show RealAudio and MP3 conversions and perform website maintenance.
So we've set up 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, and vinyl, and very rarely, on DAT. 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 (or make more than you recently lost)?
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is costly for us. Unlike other organizations, 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 very 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 and an unexpected gift from The Argosy Foundation 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, Zip disks, some nice headphones, and other supplies -- as well as help with research and maintenance, and keeping your own K&D page fresh -- are also welcome.