1. Submission forms
In order to make it a bit simpler to submit general
announcements, dissertation postings, and employment
listings, I have created three new Web forms. They
are available on the MTO home page, in the section "MTO
Submissions." Subscribers wishing to submit an item in
one of those three categories should follow the appropriate
link on the MTO page, fill in the various fields on the
form, and submit it for processing. An appointed editorial
assistant will receive a copy of the information and will
prepare the text for inclusion in MTO. If after submitting
an announcement of an event the dates, fees, or other
information change, please contact the General Editor so
that the text can be corrected before publication rather
than after. We hope the new submission forms will be
useful, and encourage Web-enabled subscribers to use them.
Suggestions for improving the forms are welcome. Send
comments to the General Editor (address below).
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2. Forms for subscribing and setting mail options
In addition to the new submission forms, I have also added
several forms to make it easier to subscribe to MTO, and
to change mail options once subscribed. Without wanting
to suggest that anyone cancel their MTO or mto-talk
subscriptions, I should mention, too, that there is a form
for terminating a subscription.
By "mail options" I mean the following:
- whether copies of messages you post to mto-talk are sent to you or not
- postponing and restarting mto-talk mail (e.g. during and after vacation periods)
- receiving mto-talk mail in digest form (i.e. as a weekly mailing of accumulated messages)
Options a and c are relevant only for mto-talk, since that
list is for dialog among subscribers, and tends to be quite active at times.
The only option that applies to mto-list (the general MTO mailing list,
used only by the General Editor to distribute
tables of contents, calls for items, and occasional
announcements) is c (postponing/restarting mail).
The form for setting options also allows you to:
- change your list password
- change your mailing address
- check your current settings (including password)
- check your registered address
Of these four possibilities, c and d are most important,
because you will may want to check your current settings
before changing anything, and you will need your password
and current registered address to change to a new address.
Details about these procedures are on the relevant Web
As with the new submission forms, we hope that the forms
for checking and setting mail options will simplify
the management of your MTO and mto-talk subscriptions.
Send comments to the General Editor (address below).
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3. Introducing the New Books section
Starting with this issue (2.5), MTO will include a
section for announcing new books
and journals in music theory. I have contacted several leading publishers
and offered to publicize new and forthcoming releases in MTO. For this issue, I received submissions from W.W. Norton, The University of California, Harvard and Cambridge University Presses.
Publishers may send promotional advertisements of their
products to the General Editor at any time, preferably by
email (ASCII text only, please!). There is no particular
format for such submissions, but they should of course
include all ordering information, including price, and may
also include promotional endorsements.
If publishers wish to have books reviewed in MTO, they should contact our Reviews Editor, Brian Alegant (McGill University).
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4. MTO Correspondents
Another new section of our journal, MTO Correspondents, makes
its debut in this issue. This section will
feature reports on conferences, forums, and workshops
from various people around the world. The reports will
help to keep the expanding community of theorists
informed about research and activities going on in other
countries. The first report, by Peter Castine, appears in
this issue, Review of
"The Beginnings of Serial Music," Berlin, Germany, June
20-25 1996. Prof. Castine will serve as coordinating Correspondent for
Germany, and will work together with Prof. Uwe Seifert in providing reports
on events that take place in Germany.
So far, the following individuals have agreed
to serve as MTO Correspondents:
- Nicolas Meeus (Belgium-France)
- Henry Klumpenhouwer (Canada)
- Wai-ling Cheong (Hong Kong)
- Geoffrey Chew (England)
- Peter Castine (Germany)
- Uwe Seifert (Germany)
- Michiel Schuijer (Holland)
- Ken-ichi Sakakibara (Japan)
- Arvid Vollsnes (Norway)
- Per Broman (Sweden)
We thank these people in advance for their willingness to help enhance
the content of MTO, and look forward to reading their reports. Volunteers
from countries not represented on the list should contact the General Editor. Please
notify the Correspondents directly about scheduled events.
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Lee A. Rothfarb, General Editor
Music Theory Online
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6070
voice: (805) 893-7527 (with voice mail)
fax: (805) 893-7194