Submission Guidelines & Clearances
Kalvos & Damian and Noizepunk & Das Krooner are both out of production as of 2011. For now, please do not send materials.
(We are maintaining our recording library, so nothing will be lost.)
This information partially updated September 2013.
How We Do the Show
From 1995-2005, our show was live in the WGDR studios. When we gave up the show on the air and took our 33-month break, ideas changed. Podcasts became important and more convenient to our own way of working. We were no longer interested in being locked into a weekly date. We had already given up 537 consecutive Saturdays!
There are two ways to be on "K&D: In the House":
- Come to Vermont. We'll have lunch, conversation, and do the show live-to-digital "in the house" (literally) and post it within a few days, intact. This is the best way because it maintains the feel of a broadcast studio.
- Take an interview by phone. This is a little trickier. Of course, it means the spark of looking into faces and searching expressions is gone. But it can be very good. Here's how it works...
- We call you using Skype. If you have a Skype account, so much the better, but if you don't have one or don't have broadband, we'll call your telephone.
- You record your end of the conversation -- not through the telephone, but with a good microphone into digital form (direct to computer, DAT, CF recorder, etc.) We don't want to hear phone sound, just your natural voice in your studio or living room or office. We will record our end the same way.
- You send us a data CD (aiff or wav file) by physical mail. (Please do not send an audio CD.)
- We mix the two conversations so it sounds like you are in the room with us, and paste in the music (see "Sending Recordings" below).
- It is "live" and unedited. The digital file you send us is completely untouched, no edits, no changes -- it is "live". Working this way takes us a little more time to add the music and mix the two, so posting will usually be within a week, depending on our schedule. That's why coming to Vermont is the best way to do it -- and you get lunch!
Whenever you have new recordings (especially good-quality concert recordings), please forward us a copy. We play what we can to keep our guests' music in our audience's ears. We especially love to present unique live recordings that aren't commercially available. We scan the covers of your released recordings, and add the images to your web page. If you are represented by a record label, please ask them to send us copies.
Forward your latest recordings along with the clearance form 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 has been essential since 1998. Despite our non-profit and research status, broadcast licenses, cybercast grandfathering, and our very purpose, we are targeted by every agency wanting money that will never get to you as a composer.
All broadcasts are archived, so please do not forget the clearance permission. The music is not archived in hi-fi format, only at streaming speeds; and permission 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 questions or 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...
Guidelines for Submitting Recordings
Updated July 2008
- CDs: CDs are the best. But don't make your CD info obscure. Include a separate contents list, cue sheet, and information page in the jewel box. Playlists depend on it, sales of your CD depend on it, and our good will depends on it. We just hate to say on the air, "This cool CD came in. We don't know who it's from or what it is or what tracks it has, but here's something from it." (Are you listening Ohm/Avatar, RRRecords, Zenflesh...?) An informative spine label also helps us. Note of environmental regret: Paper cases without spine labels end up getting missed. Ask your record label to make the back end thick enough to read, and then print something there! If you want to send thin paper, that's fine. We'll cut it up and put in in a jewel case -- when we get to it. We have about 200 CDs sitting here we can't read from the back. You know how often they get played, don't you? From a practical standpoint, we still like legible jewel cases best.
- CD-Rs: CD-Rs are also great. Yikes! Please no stick-on file-folder labels -- they rip the reflective layer and get stuck in our players Inkjet labels must be really dry when applied, or they'll bend the CD so that it won't play ... embarrassing for you, infuriating for us on a live show. In fact, skip paper labels entirely and write clearly on the inner ring only. Include a separate title/timings list on the front label and tray card, and put your name and recording/composition title on the tray card spine so we can read 'em when we're choosing music. We see your name ... we like your music ... airplay!
- Minidiscs: Same advice as for CD-Rs -- label the minidisc, case and spine with your name and the music, and include timings separately -- we know the timings are on the disc's index, but that doesn't help when we're looking for the perfect 5-minute-22-second piece to end our show. And take advantage of the minidisc's ability to add track information for display.
- DATs: You knew we'd say it: label the DAT and the j-card. Include your name, titles, index numbers, and a timings list on the j-card as well. Use index marks, please! No index marks, no airplay. A 1-kHz tone at or before index #1 is nice but not necessary. We can play 32, 44.1 and 48kHz DATs just fine. DATs are no longer a preferred format, but we do have studio equipment to play them.
- Vinyl: Still cool! Make sure there are timings, and if there aren't, please time the tracks and write them on the jacket. Pack it well. Artsy types and Negativland or Furious Pig lapdogs, remember to tell us what speed to play the platter! Vinyl does take us time to convert, so if you have the same recording already on CD, please send it.
- Cassettes: Nyunnnnnnnnnnghhhhh... only if cassette is your only medium, and please, please, please (did we say please?) put only one piece per side, label it with your name and the music's title, include timings, use noise reduction if you can (Dolby B or C, and label which one you're using), and use a fresh, high-quality cassette, not a Wal-Mart special that will drop its felt pad into our tape player. We're reluctant to broadcast anything but the coolest music from cassettes. One piece per side! Reminder: One piece per side. Did we say One piece per....
- Reels and older media: Ummmmm.....not really. Unless your name is Bartók or Stockhausen, we won't dig out the reel-to-reel or Beta or VHS or 8-track (yes, we have one tucked away) equipment to make transfers. If you have a one-of-a-kind rare item (which you shouldn't be sending us anyway, silly person!), contact us to talk about it. We do restoration recordings of old media, but that service is not free. The income helps support the show.
- Internet formats: Yes, but.. In the radio days, this would be converted to analog and back to MP3 for archiving. Since we are online-only now, the conversion to and from mp3 is not as good as we'd like. Still, you can prepare some good-quality MP3 files (preferred format; use 128K/44KHz/stereo or higher) or Windows Media Format ISDN stereo (no Mac formats, please, and no QuickTime), and you can even FTP them to us at ftp://maltedmedia.com/incoming/! (Notify us by email of the name, contents, and timings of your uploads.)
- New media: We can accept DVD but prefer not because we have to extract and convert the audio stream. Same goes for CD-ROMs. We try to keep the work down.
Info revised July 10, 2008