Author Archives: gongmaster

Liquid Frequency

[Posting for a friend…] 1978 One afternoon following orchestra rehearsal, I was standing near the stage door and I noticed a tall, thin man with very long, dark hair. He had soft, brown eyes and chiseled features. I’d never seen … Continue reading

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China Calling

We can all thank Chris Hyatt for his efforts to transcribe and preserve major portions of Eugene X. Rator’s oeuvre. The mountain of converted, digitized media is growing and some of us are following up now, editing and annotating, commenting … Continue reading

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collectors’ items

…in which I contemplate broken dolls and the sequencer of my dreams… I had the joy of a delayed childhood with regard to electronic music, which I discovered as a real thing sometime around 1985. I had no protracted formal … Continue reading

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A passing

Eugene X Rator at New Music America, 1982 Whether you know him as Rick Calderon, Eugene, Rator, or someone else, he left the building for good on May 1, 2013. It will take some doing to craft a fitting memorial, … Continue reading

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Still Bucka after all these years

On 5/3/13 2:09 AM, Jim Christopulos wrote: > Hi, > > Just found the Dekalborama website while doing a web search for Rick > Calderon. Just heard earlier that he passed on. Very, very sad news as > he was … Continue reading

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To the Neoteric diaspora

Naturally, the web already has a “Diaspora Project.” But so shall dekalborama. And now I sense a digression coming on…. Redundancy is, after all, the new herald of popularity. Come to think of it, it was also the old one. … Continue reading

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Firing Stage 2

Well, it’s probably clear by now I’m not much of a blogger: it’s been almost three months since my last post on this site. Yet dekalborama.com has pretty much consumed my spare time in those months—not complaining, just stating the … Continue reading

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Raising the barn

This post shares its title with the current task list over at dekalbowiki. My last two weeks have been largely devoted to the heavy lifting of whacking the MediaWiki installation into place, reimplementing the WordPress look and feel, and starting … Continue reading

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Ice fishing

It’s been quite a week here for re-creation: that is, I am relearning the lessons of getting wikigong.com launched, reconfigured, and launched again, as I apply them to dekalborama.com. Now that we’re in that site’s third trimester, it seemed a … Continue reading

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Branching out

…in which we start a whole new venture with a friend, applying lessons learned. Harking back to a decade spent—formatively—beyond the fringes of Chicago, we embarked this week on our second site-building romp with friend and mentor Joseph Pinzarrone: dekalborama.com … Continue reading

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