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Volume 6 Issue 5 - February 2001

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  • Musical Expanding our horizons BY COLIN PUFFER Past The WholeNote magazine went online in February 1999. The original site was little more than a reproduction of the paper version of the magazine. Over the last two years every issue of The WholeNote has been put online and there is now a sizeable body of writing from WholeNote contributors available at the site. The site also features profiles, updated annually, of WholeNote members and the beginnings of an online store where members can promote and/ or sell their recordings. Present This month is a major milestone in the expansion of our website. One of the major advantages of the Internet is its "interactivity." The 'net, unlike most traditional media, permits its users to interact, in a very immediate manner, with what they see on the screen. To take advantage of this feature, the WholeNote is initiating a number of electronic forums (discussion groups) to allow our readers to have their say about what appears in the magazine. One of our first forums will be a general discussion: the WholeNote and its contents. Another forum will be reserved for discussion of New Music, a third for Choral. As these forums develop we shall be adding other discussion groups -- it all depends on what you, our readers, find most interesting. E-listing Another of our new web projects is the beginnings of a system to allow members (and others) to submit their concert listings electronically, via the web. Currently, assembling the listings is a very time consuming task involving a great deal of duplication of effort. Someone keys in the initial listing and faxes or e­ mails it to the WholeNote; the •• WholeNote re-keys it for the print version which is then massaged and cut and pasted into the web version. The re-keying creates room for typographical errors as well as delaying the availability of the information to the public. Commencing in February, you will be able to enter your listing through the WholeNote website. This is a "pilot project": there will undoubtedly have to be modifications made in the way listings are entered to make it easier for all involved. We look forward to your participation in this experiment, so that in the long term we can make the system work properly for you and for us. The Future We know from our reader surveys that the most valued section of the WholeNote is our concert listings. And we are also aware that the web presentation of listings is currently rather cumbersome. With the online submission of listings we will eventually (no promises on a date but we are working on it) be able Expanding our horizons •• to put our online listings into a searchable database. Wouldn't it be handy if you could simply obtain a list of all the concerts featuring a certain perfomer or period or composer or venue without having to scan through 500 concert listings? The WholeNote online store is another area which we wish to expand. The store allows web users to purchase members recordings using their credit card in a completely secure environment (i.e. through sophisticated software it is almost impossible for your card to be abused.) Recordings offered for sale in the store are available to a worldwide audience. Members can sell or simply display in the store. So, members, contact us to stock your stuff! The store can only be as interesting as you make it! Press release cork board Another feature, which shall be implemented soon, is a press release "cork board". Due to space constraints in the magazine, WholeNote staff must boil down press releases we receive to the bare essentials. As space is not really a problem in the cyberworld, we will soon be able to allow you to place your complete press release (glorious adjectives intact) online. Updates, rescheduling, cancellations, etc. will be available online virtually instantaneously, rather than once a month. Baby steps The print version of the WholeNote grew by baby steps. Longtime readers will remember its early days as "Pulse" -- how month after month, group by group, the full extent of our musical community began to reveal itself as people found out about the magazine and started to list with us . Listings have quadrupled, our roster of contributors has grown, the range of music which the WholeNote covers has expanded. We have added sections on music theatre and, most recently, early music. Step by tiny step the WholeNote has grown as a direct result of the response from its readers. Well the WholeNote website is growing in much the same way. Don't expect our electronic listings to work flawlessly this time out. We are planning to have it all up and running for next season, but for now we are looking for your cooperation in helping us test our prototype. One step at a time. As a rapidly and constantly evolving megium of communication the Internet offers tremendous opportunities and presents its own unique challenges. One of the greatest advantages of the Internet, as mentioned at the outset, is its interactivity. The WholeNote, and sites like it, are increasingly allowing users to define the content. We encourage all our readers to visit our website at and participate in our forums, enter your listings online or visit our little recording boutique. Help us build our website the way you have helped build our magazine. 38 wholenote FEBRUARY 1, 2001 - MARCH 7, 2001

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