Category Archives: Northern Illinois University

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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Word from the Grave – ArtBus

In 1985, the Neoteric created and sponsored an event known as ArtBus. This ArtBus poster was a sendup of the Artrain logo ca. 1985 …another used photos from the electronic music studios The date stamp signaled Student Association approval Rebecca … Continue reading

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Word from the grave 13 May 13

In 1979, I accepted an offered teaching post at Northern Illinois University. My primary duty was to build a program in electronic and computer music to support the music composition department at both undergraduate and graduate levels. As a seminal … 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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Tales of Power

Tales of Power was originally performed in 1976 at the University of Delaware.  It was scored for the U of D dance theater company under the direction of Debra Loewen. The NIU poster was based on photos from the original … 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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