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WhoWhatWhy (Sound)

Who
What
Why
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In the world
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Who

In the early sixties one of the TV networks ran a special called "The Way Out Men." One of the further out men featured was Lucas Foss. The moment of the show that marked me forever and ultimately led, 30 years later, to my becoming a self-taught composer of computer music, occurred when the camera focused on Mr. Foss's score. There, on the staves, was written, "trash can lid." And underneath: fff. Not only was I enthralled by the music I was hearing, but here was evidence of an adult perpetrating legitimate acts of noise upon other adults!

I was hooked.

One of the employees at the local classical music record store thought it mighty curious that a 14 year old would walk in and ask if they had any recordings of music by Lucas Foss. He asked me how I had heard of it and would I like to hear some other interesting music. He became a mentor of sorts and opened my ears to electronic and computer music, musique concrete, and contemporary composers of works for traditional instruments.

I was addicted.

Unfortunately, years of studying clarinet and bassoon in public schools convinced me I have absolutely no talent as a musician, so a career in music was not in the cards. In college, a friend and I fantasized about creating an electronic music studio. After arriving at a ball park figure of $100,000 to do basic tape manipulation and electronic processing of the types that interested us, we laughed and said, "Well, that was fun." Two college kids without enough money for our next pizza weren't going to compete with the Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Center. And that, I assumed, was that. Instead, I drifted into working with fiber.

More than twenty years later, twenty years continuing to follow and listen to new music, I realized that software and hardware for desktop computers were beginning to approach, even surpass, the capabilities of the major electronic music studios of the sixties and early seventies. Maybe it's possible to do this stuff after all!

 

What: fixed music on disc

"People call it experimental music, but I don't. I know what I'm doing."
--Harry Partch

My work follows the tradition of "tape music," music created in a studio and fixed on tape. Not many people use tape any more, so I call it "fixed music on disc." "Fixed" means that the work is finished when it leaves the studio. "Performance" means "played back," sometimes as straight playback and sometimes diffused over multiple speakers, but essentially unchanged from its fixed form. There is no interpretive layer (performers) between the music and you.

 

Why

"You best let that boy boogie-woogie 'cause it's in him and it's got to come out."
--John Lee Hooker "Boogie Chillen"

 

Fade out

Years of listening to music too loud under headphones, using power tools without hearing protection, and aging have caught up with me. Even with hearing aides I can't hear sounds much above 6 kHz. That's a lot of sound visible in spectral displays but absent from my ears. Continuing to work with sound is rapidly losing viability. Some projects, mainly geezertronics, will continue, but my creative energy is shifting back to fiber.

 

In the world (Sound)

Recordings

Perfomances

WorkPayObey: Music on the Edge: New Electroacoustic Music, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA, 1998

 
All the Way with LBJ: Concert of Kyma Music, Engine 27, New York, USA, 1999; International Computer Music Conference (ICMC99), Beijing China, 1999

 
Rhythmiconic Section 19: Screws in Their Shoes: Shy Anne Sound and Video Festival, Tacoma WA, USA, 2000

 
Rhythmiconic Section 23: Violation: Time Expired: Electronic Music at Lewis 2001 Festival, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, USA, 2001

 
Rhythmiconic Section 15: The Sensitive Mule: Electro Acoustic Summer I, Logos Tetraeder (Logos Foundation), Gent Belgium, 2001

 
Rhythmiconic Section 24: The Moving Walk Is Nearing Its End: International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Listening Room, Havana, Cuba, 2001

 
Rhythmiconic Sections: Suite: Music on the Edge: New Electroacoustic Music, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA, 2001

 
Be Prepared to Stop: Electronic Music Midwest, Kanasas City Kansas Community College/University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002

 
Rhythmiconic Section 14: The Llama Strut: EuCue 2002-2003 Concerts (Electroacoustique Universite Concordia University Electroacoustics), Concordia University, Montreal, November 8, 2002

 
Rhythmiconic Sections 8 & 13: The Garbanzo Poem & Poodles in Distress: Music Bytes Electroacoustic Mini-Concert, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, 2002

 
Perfect Grooming: SEAMUS Conference, University of Arizona, Tempe AZ, 2003

 
Birthday: 33rd Festival Synthese Bourges 2003, "La mere, le pere"

 
Spin Cycle: International Computer Music Conference, Singapore, 2003

 
The Influence of the Nickelodeons: Electronic Music Midwest, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2003

 
Ducks in Motion: 60X60 2003, sponsored by Vox Novus, Several venues in New York City; Bilgi University, Istanbul; Bucharest, Romania, 2003-2004

 
WMD: Naming Names: On Agreement and Conflict, Zèppelin festival 04, Barcelona, 2004; repeated at Zaragoza, September 2004

 
Pin Drop: 3rd Rencontres Musiques Nouvelles, Electrolune Day, Lunel, France, 2004

 
Why Do You Want to Come to Santa Barbara Graduate School?: International Computer Music Conference, University of Miami, 2004

 
Direction of Gravity: One, sponsored by the experimental Music Collective (eMC), Vancouver, Canada, 2004

 
Exotic Fruits: 60X60 2004, sponsored by Vox Novus, Several venues: Under St. Marks, New York; Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama; Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis; National University of Music, Bucharest; Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney Australia 2004 - 2006. Later venues: LOOP Videoart Festival, Barcelona, 2010. As part of 60X60 Order of Magnitude mix: 60X60 Dance, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, 2010

 
Why Do You Want to Come to Santa Barbara Graduate School?: SEAMUS Conference, Ball State University, 2005

 
Five Is Going to Do It (Pregame Show section of Jocks): International Computer Music Conference, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, September, 2005

 
Shoo Fly, There's That Fly Again (Commercials 1 and 3 of Jocks), Birthday: SoundLab Edition III, ConcertHall at le Musee di-visioniste and NewMediaArtProjectNetwork, Cologne, October, 2005

 
The Worm's Turn: EuCue Series XXV (Electroacoustique Universite Concordia University Electroacoustics), Concordia University, Montreal, November 10, 2006

 
T. Watkins (Half time section of Jocks): International Computer Music Conference, Copenhagen, August, 2007

 
A Little Noise Goes a Long Way: Electronic Music Midwest, Kanasas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS, 2007

 
The Influence of the Nickelodeons: 3rd Digital Art Festival in collaboration with NewMediaFest2007, Rosario, Argentina, 2007. Included in NewMediaFest's SoundLab Edition V; FILE 2008 Electronic Language International Festival, Fiesp Cultural Center, in collaboration with NewMediaFest's SoundLab V, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2008; as part of Soundlab V presentation at Sound:Space Sound Art Symposium, Bracknell, United Kingdom, 2008

 
Hairpin: 2008 Yeosu (South Korea) International Art Festival, "Garden of Delights"

 
What's Absent Is Present: SoundLab VI - soundPOOL, New Media Art Project Network, 2009; FILE 2009 Electronic Language International Festival in collaboration with NewMediaFest's SoundLab VI, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009

 
Why Do You Want to Come to Santa Barbara Graduate School?: Le Bruit de la Neige festival, Annecy, France, 2009

 
WorkPayObey: Zeppelin: Sons del Poder-Escoltes de la Por, Barcelona, Spain, 2009

 
Hard Count: Magenta Mix of 360 degrees of 60X60 at ICMC2010, Stony Brook University, various venues at Stony Brook and New York City, 2010; Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010. Additional Magenta mix performances: Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, Buenos Aires, Brazil, 2010; Rodan Video Lounge, Chicago, 2010; Fourth Annual Kentucky New Music Festival, Lexington, Kentucky, 2010; 21st Biannual International Electroacoustic Music Festival (The Scream Festival), Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, 2010; Media Arts Video Studio, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, 2010; Pina Bausch Theatre, Folkwang University Essen, Germany, 2020; Art of Record Production Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, England, 2010; Longy School of Music, Massachusetts, 2010; George Enesco Concert Hall, National University of Music, Bucharest, Romania, 2010

 
Velvet Head Arrangement: SoundlabVII soundCELEBRATION (web installation), NewMediaFest, Cologne, 2010

 
Elevation: Electronic Music Midwest, 60X60 EMM Mix installation, 2012; Brown Theater, Washington University, St. Louis, 60X60 EMM Mix performance, 2013

 
Parade Fade: Personal Landscapes, Festival ORF Musikprotokol, web installation, Austria, 2013

Broadcasts and webcasts (that I'm aware of)

Jump and Dance: Works From the Fringes of Sonic Expression, WMBC, Baltimore, MD, USA, 1999

 
Rhythmiconic Section 23: Violation: Time Expired: Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, October 21, 2000

 
Rhythmiconic Section 16: Pork with Ham: Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, November 11, 2000

 
Selection from Rhythmiconic Sections: BiP_HOp Generation on Radio Grenouille, Marseille France, January, 2001

 
American Lives and Property: Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, October 6, 2001

 
Rhythmiconic Sections 15: The Sensitive Mule, and 19: Screws in Their Shoes: Inner Space program, Radio Student, Zagreb, Croatia, May 12, 2002

 
Rhythmiconic Section 8: The Garbanzo Poem and Section 13: Poodles in Distress: Sonic Stratosphere, KSER, Seattle, WA, May 15 and 29, 2002

 
Selection from Rhythmiconic Sections and live on-air interview: Where's the Beat?, CKUT, Montreal, Canada, June 5, 2002

 
Rhythmiconic Sections 1-7: FOLDOVER, WOBC, Oberlin, OH, September 2, 2002

 
Selection from Rhythmiconic Sections: Charmed Sounds, Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE Radio 1, May 14th, 2003

 
Rhythmiconic Sections 22: Dead Umbrellas: Other Voices, Other Sounds, KUNM, University of New Mexico, July 27, 2003

 
Drawing Frogs: Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, August 9, 2003

 
Studs Gone Bad: Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, September 13, 2003

 
Road Music: New Traffic Patterns, Expect Delays, Be Prepared to Stop: art@radio, University of Maryland Baltimore County, November 6, 2003

 
Studs Gone Bad: Acoustic Frontiers, CKCU-FM, November 10, 2003

 
Studs Gone Bad: Elektra Radioshow for Experimental Music, Webcast, December 2, 2004

 
Five Is Going to Do It: Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, January 1, 2005, the 500th show

 
Selection from Rhythmiconic Sections: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, several programs, 2005

 
Kalvos & Damian RadioArt Project: Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, March 12, 2005. Archived on the Kalvos & Damian web site. Scroll down to show 510.

 
Ducks in Motion: art@radio, WMBC, Baltimore, April 27, 2005

 
Ducks in Motion: Elektra Radioshow for Experimental Music, Webcast, May 5, 2005

 
Catacoustics: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 12, 2005

 
Rhythmiconic Sections 23: Violation: Time Expired: Fancy Irrigation Systems, WRCT, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, January 19, 2006

 
Jocks: First Quarter: They're All a Bunch of Jocks: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 24, 2006

 
Jocks: Post Game Analysis: Jump and Dance: FOLDOVER, WOBC, Oberlin, OH, September 25, 2006

 
Why Do You Want to Come to Santa Barbara Graduate School?: elektramusic RadioShow for Experimental Music, Bourges, France, January, 2007, and July - August, 2007

 
Jocks (entire work): art@radio, WMBC, Baltimore, February 28, 2007

 
Rhythmiconic Sections 20: Wave Motion Machine II: Electric Storm / Missing Sense, CKLN, Toronto, March 11, 2007

 
Exotic Fruits: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, July 22, 2007; February 7, 2010

 
WMD: Naming Names: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 17, 2009

 
Chasers: Radio Free Radio, WRCT, Carnegie Mellon University, October 3, 2009

 
Olbum's Furniture: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 4, 2009

 
A Little Noise Goes a Long Way: Radio Free Radio, WRCT, Carnegie Mellon University, October 10, 2009

 
Pivot Seal and Gasket: Electric Sense, CKLN-FM, Ryerson University, Toronto, October 11, 2009

 
Wheel: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 11, 2009

 
From Facts about Air: Facts about Air, pt. 1; Wheel; Hairpin; Catacoustics: Foldover, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, October 14, 2009

 
What's Absent Is Present: Radio Free Radio, WRCT, Carnegie Mellon University, October 17, 2009

 
Snow: Electric Sense, CKLN-FM, Ryerson University, Toronto, December 10, 2009

 
Pivot Seal and Gasket: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, February 14, 2010

 
Exotic Fruits: Electroshock, Radio Kolomna, Kolomna, Russia, March 2010

 
Facts about Air, Part 2: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 9, 2010

 
Lama Strut: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, July 10, 2011

 
Lift Service Temporarily Suspended: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 16, 2012

 
A Little Noise Goes a Long Way: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March 11, 2013

 
Interior Landscape: Noise of the City: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 17-18, 2013

 
Elevation (60X60 Version): Foldover, Oberlin, November 18, 2013

 
Parade Fade (Concert Version): Foldover, Oberlin, November 18, 2013

 
Interior Landscape: Can't Get There from Here: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 24-25, 2013

 
Interior Landscape: Noise of the City: Difficult Listening, RTR FM, Mount Lawley, Australia, December 1, 2013

 
Interior Landscape: Elevation: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, December 1, 2013

 
At the Hot Dog Dam (Concert Version): Acoustic Frontiers, CKCU-FM, Ottawa, Canada, December, 2013

 
Bizarre Bazaar: Elektramusic, Strasbourg, France. Featured work, June, 2014

 
Facts About Air, part 1, Hairpin, Wheel: Martian Gardens, WMUA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 5 and 8, 2014

 
Parade Fade (Concert Version): Radio Free Radio, WRCT, Carnegie Mellon University, October 24, 2014

Collaborations

The Fowl Lizard. 2000. Story by John Hankey. Sounds/Music by David Mooney

 
Why Do You Want to Come to Santa Barbara Graduate School?. 2004. Text, reading, and consulation by Maxine Heller. Treatment by David Mooney

 
World Wide Music. 2004-[seems to have ended] . Ongoing collaboration with Cliff Leftwich and Art Spencer. Phase I: Cliff messed with music on Life after College. Phase II: I messed with Cliff's stuff, including material from about a dozen cassettes received over the last 25 years or so.

 
Sounds of the World (sons du monde): Two minute soundscape of downtown Pittsburgh. Collected by Claude Ledoux as part of the 2012 Ars Musica Festival, Brussels.

 
Wild Man. Treatment of the poem "Wild Man," written and read by David Adés, 2013.

 
Six minute field recording, untitled. Recorded for Tohm [sic] Judson's "Six Minute Project", 2014.

Other Stuff

Advisory Board, Music on the Edge, University of Pittsburgh: 2003 - 2004

 
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