Ditty Box Enterprises opened its doors as a going concern on 14.09.1999 with a small circle of business and private friends. On the same day, as part of the opening proceedings, webpages for Sönke Hohn's CD GAWD along with that of Walter Wiehert's Pinökel Grooves were launched into the World Wide Web.
Ditty Box Enterprises was set up as a new venture principally to provide Internet services for musicians. It was seen to be an ideal way of combining very active private music-making together with professional qualifications as an engineer with expertise in the various arcane arts (going back to the late 1950s with analog-computers) of computer hard- and software.
The enterprise was started resulting from dissatisfaction with the local music trade and being unable to promote my first CD, Ditty Box, in a manner fitting to the third millennium.
The Recorder Music pages were launched in April 1998 at Geocities (Nashville/1242) as little more than tables of
other pieces, which were to be found in my personal library. There was just one anecdote on Albeniz-Tango with a mention of Ross Winters as a sort of trail-blazer. The tables were derived from Paradox 3.5 tables which I then maintained to administrate my collection of recorder music. In the following months I was bemused by the fact that these tables were attracting up to 30 surfers, occasionally more, per week and even more flattering, Nicholas Lander included me in his lists of "Recorder Players on the Web". This was during a period when my
folk music pages were drawing thousands. This shamed and jolted me into action so much that with very little ado, I threw my complete data base of
publishers and a little later an
index of recorder music into this wonderful World Wide Web of ours.
The next spike of activity came with the start of the Recorder Music Webring" in April 1999. At long last a few anecdotes (of low quality I must unfortunately hastily add) started to grace these lack-lustre pages and have since then slowly increased in momentum and entertainability. With the advent of becoming an affiliate with Amazon, the composer pages in particular started to blossom and my main musical references The New Penguin Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music were heavily quoted and came to the fore.
The composers' pages have actually become the most complete on the whole website. They link recorder sheet music with CDs, websites and reocorder artists as well as not forgetting the publishers. They are even starting to make some impact on the folk music pages.
In response to many emails from people wishing to start recorder playing a modest list of Recorder Music Books was soon started and will continue to grow as more publications become available online.
A concert by Michala Petri in Bremen, North Germany, in December 1999, was the inspiration to finally start a recorder artists and ensembles webpage as a sort of homage to all those luminaries who got me, a young naval lad in the early 1960s, to blowing bits of wood with holes in them. The most daunting task of all (certainly never to be completed) was started with an E-commerce page on the complete discography (CDs) of recorder music.