Layers

02014-09-25 @ 10:09

Each of these images is made up of 32 iPhone photos combined, all shot from our tourbus window during the last Summer tour.

Driving through New Mexico:
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Driving at night, Las Vegas:
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Driving across a bridge, San Francisco:
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Music

02014-08-26 @ 17:08

Music is a kind of alchemy. It involves the musicians and the listeners + together we make it what it becomes. This is especially true for instrumental music.

This is also true for performances. Maybe even more so. The audience performs alongside the band. Sometimes they don’t realize it, but it is so.

Instrumental Music

02014-07-23 @ 08:07

What I love about instrumental music is that, without the words you can find you in it, not just me.

Guitar

02014-07-16 @ 10:07

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Phonecam pics from this Morning

02014-07-04 @ 07:07

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Photo 2

Stages: May – June

02014-06-18 @ 12:06

05 23 14 45 02
05 24 15 17 01
05 30 11 57 17
05 30 14 30 57
05 30 14 28 18
06 01 13 01 08
06 02 15 11 54
06 02 15 14 29
06 04 13 52 20
06 04 13 58 24
06 04 14 02 11
06 05 15 27 02
06 05 15 35 01
06 10 14 25 05
06 12 12 54 21
06 15 10 50 11
Photo

seesalt

02014-04-30 @ 08:04

Here is another track from three-oh-five, perhaps more unusual than the others. I came up with the music backstage at the Dewan Filharmonik in Kuala Lumpur, waiting for the start of our concert there last November. The rhythm shifts between different meters while the tremolo guitar plays a 12/8 ostinato (Bulerias).

I would like to do a whole album of music like this someday, atmospheric, trippy… but perhaps it is best to slide the occasional piece like this into a “regular” album.

New Albums Released

02014-04-22 @ 05:04

My new albums were released digitally overnight!

More info:

three-oh-five

Bare Wood 2002-2012.

The music is also available in HD FLAC form (24 bit + 88.2 kHz).

PS:
We also uploaded HD FLAC versions of our binaural surround sound album Up Close and my solo album One Guitar to the ListeningLounge.

Two Versions of One Melody

02014-03-27 @ 09:03

On 22. April SSRI will release my two new albums. The music on these two albums is quite different, but one melody is present on both, as a bridge connecting the albums and a way to demonstrate the approach I took on each album.

three-oh-five Cover

02014-03-27 @ 08:03

Here are a few photos documenting the photo shoot for the three-oh-five cover.

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Drawing the three-oh-five logo on the window:
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The above photos are by Diane Small and the location was Shibui, Richard Yaski’s sculpture garden in Little River, near Mendocino, on the Northern Californian coast.

And here is the finished cover:

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Newsletter

02014-03-21 @ 10:03

Yesterday our monthly (in reality more like 8-10 times per year) newsletter was sent out to our mailing list. The recipients received “secret” links and can listen to one song from each of the two new albums that are officially dropping in mid-April.

If you would like to be on that list in the future, you can sign up here.

Swearing + Mantras

02014-03-21 @ 10:03

In the book “Holy Sh*t – A Brief History of Swearing” I read that most speech originates from the cerebral cortex, which also controls voluntary actions and rational thought, while swearwords are stored in the limbic system, which is responsible for emotion, the fight-or-flight response, and the autonomic nervous system, which regulates heart rate and blood pressure. People who have lost the ability to speak, e.g. due to a stroke, often still have the ability to swear.

The book also states that test subjects were able to withstand pain, in the form of very cold water, longer, if they spoke swearwords rather than other words.

That got me thinking. Swearing is culture-specific and the words themselves frequently change according to society. Training starts very young in families with parents making clear which words are “bad” or forbidden. This training appears to write swearwords to a different section of brain.

Like swearwords mantras are culture-specific and can be learned at a young age. Many cultures use mantras, but India, Tibet and Japan come to mind. The Ninjas of Japan have a variety of mantras that are to help against cold, against pain, or to promote healing etc.

What I am wondering about is whether these mantras are also, like swearwords, “written” to a different part of the brain? It would follow that the embedding of the mantra into a section of brain is akin to writing software and invoking the mantra is akin to running the program.

In other words, for a person outside the mantra culture, e.g. a non-Ninja, it would be impossible to “run the program” because the software was not written into the brain – just as a foreign speaker who hears an American swearword will not grasp its meaning, nor would yelling the word be able to relieve any pain for him/her.

Have mantras been researched with this in mind? Can they be written to a different part of the brain? How long does it take to embed a mantra? Does a mantra in fact evoke a whole program?

Morning Light

02014-03-10 @ 13:03

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photographed with iPhone

Transit 3: migration

02014-02-28 @ 11:02

Link to album page.

01996-10-16 @ 16:10

02014-02-28 @ 10:02

Here is an amusing post from 1996 – I can’t believe I actually emailed Nintendo!

i am sitting in a hotel room in Kansas City… the concert in St.Louis was cancelled and we are on our way to Boulder, Colorado… while riding the tourbus from Atlanta to Kansas City i achieved a new high-score on the Gameboy version of TETRIS: 610,063 points!!!! could this be a world record? has anybody ever had a higher score??? inquiring minds want to know… a little after midnight we will set out for Boulder which we hope to reach by tomorrow afternoon, then Thursday evening off, Friday off and the last show of this tour on Saturday evening…

Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 15:24:53 -0600
Mime-Version: 1.0
To: lunanegra
From: Nintendo Nintendo
Subject: TETRIS/GameBoy -Reply

Hi there.

It’s the highest one that I’ve ever heard of, but since we don’t keep track of high scores, I can’t tell you if it’s the highest ever.

Nintendo of America Inc.
Jerry Casper

Blue

02014-02-22 @ 11:02

I posted a few new images in my photoblog. They were taken at sunrise in Carmel, on the day of our concert there on February 13th.

OL + Luna Negra binaural: the Fritz Files

02014-02-22 @ 07:02

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra binaural: the Fritz Files
“I find the binaural experience much more natural than 5.1 or anything like that,” says Ottmar Liebert. “By comparison those multi-speaker arrays sound very artificial — and are expensive….”
(read the whole review at Culture Court)

The album Up Close is now available in all 24bit/96kHz glory from our ListeningLounge.

(You may ask yourself, why do we sell the HD files for Up Close now? We found out that HDTracks.com apparently does not sell outside the USA and by making Up Close available in our ListeningLounge we are making the album available in this HD version to the rest of the world.)

Portable Listening

02014-01-18 @ 13:01

I have always been a fan of headphones. We have been using in-ear-monitors on stage since 1994 and I have used Stax headphones when I work on an album for almost as long. Over the years I have accumulated quite a few headphones for listening to music when I am not in the studio.

But, I have a new favorite way to listen, and I have used this new setup a lot in the past six months, while I am finishing two albums to be released by SSRI this Spring.

This is it:

I put ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec – 16bit/44.1kHz) files on my iPhone. I bypass the iPhone’s digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and headphone amp by plugging the Lightning-to-USB cable into the ADL X1, a Japanese DAC + headphone amp. Finally I connect the Audeze LCD-2 headphones to the X1 and enjoy great sound. One can also plug a USB cable into one’s computer and in that case the X1 will work with files up to 24bit/192kHz.

The LCD-2 headphones sound really natural to me. I don’t hear the unnatural boosted highs and bass that so many headphones push out. The bass is rich, but not flabby or tubby. The treble creates a clear and beautiful image, but without that biting brightness that fatigues the ears, and the mid-range is luxurious. I can listen to these headphones for hours, and have many times. My new absolute favorite pair of headphones!

It is not exactly a cheap setup – I have seen prices for the X1 range between $399 and $645 and the LCD-2 seems to go from under a thousand to around 1,200 – but this can easily become a person’s only stereo system. These days I can’t imagine spending many thousands of dollars on a regular, non-portable, hi-fi system. Mobile is the way to go, I think, and with this setup I am not sacrificing anything!

German Apple Pancakes

02014-01-12 @ 11:01

A few people asked me for my German apple pancake recipe. Here it is:

Ingredients:
2 apples – I love Pink Lady apples
cinnamon

150g (about a cup) all purpose flour + 60g (about 1/3 cup) semolina flour
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
vanilla extract

3 tablespons unsalted butter

Method:
Cut apples into thin (1/8-inch thick or smaller) slices. Soften the apple slices in a pan with a tablespoon of butter & some cinnamon. Set aside and let cool a little.

Whisk together the flours + salt in a large bowl. Add a cup of milk while whisking, then add the eggs, whisking well.

Heat a tablespoon of butter in a skillet (I use an enamelled cast iron pan from Le Creuset) over moderate heat, then add half of the batter, spreading evenly to cover bottom. Cook on medium heat and turn pancake over with a thin heatproof spatula, until golden on both sides.

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As you notice, no rising agent (baking soda or baking powder) is used. I also do not add any sugar, and prefer to add a tablespoon of maple syrup (grade B or, even better, grade C) to the pancake on the plate.

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three-oh-five

02014-01-08 @ 17:01

Three oh five SQUARE

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