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Waiting n Swan

02017-08-19 @ 12:08

You can find the digital version of the album for sale, or streaming, here:

iTunes/Apple Music

Amazon

Spotify

Slow Music Collection

02016-11-04 @ 11:11

If slow music appeals to you, and I find it to be a great antidote for today’s pace, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Start with my album “slow”, of course. Link to the album page

“Dokunmak” by Erkan Oğur – I love this album and was able to get the CD from Istanbul via a friend of a friend, but if a digital download will do – iTunes has the album: iTunes link

“Sleep” by Max Richter. Link to a post on his website
The artist performs eight hour long sleep-concerts. :-)

“Music For Airports” by Bang On a Can – the group transcribed and arranged music Brian Eno created with loops in 1978, for a live performance. iTunes Link

Album Release

02016-11-04 @ 11:11

My new album “slow” was released in our own ListeningLounge today.

Here is a link to the album page on our website.

This is a direct link to the album in our ListeningLounge.

And this is the link to a special page about the album, with background information and a track by track guide.

We will have the CD for sale during the last leg of this year’s tour, which starts a week from today in Fort Lauderdale. Here are the dates:

Nov 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Nov 12 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater
Nov 13 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Theater
Nov 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Nov 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Nov 18 – Austin, TX – One World Theatre
Nov 19 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
Nov 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

November 18th is the official release date of the album, and CDs should arrive in stores then. Digital distribution is seriously backlogged for all indies, so the album will be available in digital form at iTunes and Amazon, but I don’t yet know when. I’ll keep you posted.

@RadioCleveKKG: Paradigm Shift

02016-09-05 @ 10:09

@RadioCleveKKG: Paradigm Shift | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY
I don’t know the answer. I only know that their silence speaks volumes to me. The people who claim to love music and artists, yet continue to work in a field that denies artists fair compensation, are showing us whose side they are on: their own.

The entire letter is worth reading. Find it here.

Review: Waiting n Swan

02015-11-26 @ 09:11

Reviewed by All-About-Jazz:

Ottmar Liebert: Waiting n Swan
This is the music of Bob Marley done with grace and finesse—with all the pomp and panache that Liebert is acknowledged for—and the proper respect and integrity it deserves.

Waiting n Swan CDs

02015-10-30 @ 11:10

Waiting n Swan CDs are not available in stores yet, but will be very soon. So we decided to sell the CD on this website for a short while. And then we thought why not do something special and sell signed and personalized CDs! The holidays are approaching and CDs still sound better than mp3s. :-)

This offer will be only be available until November 10th.

Signed “Waiting n Swan” CD

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.

Transit 3: migration

02014-02-28 @ 11:02

Link to album page.

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!

Transit 3

02013-12-31 @ 15:12

Jon’s latest album is available from iTunes and Amazon and all other digital music sellers.
Of course it is also available in our ListeningLounge

You can find a little more info about the album in this earlier post.

Shadow

02013-07-06 @ 07:07

Transit 3: migration

02013-05-14 @ 12:05

Transit 3 Cover Sq

Jon Gagan’s third Transit album is now available in our ListeningLounge. Click on the above image to go there.

Transit 3: migration contains 15 songs with performances by:

Jon Gagan – bass, keyboards, sound design
Eddie Garcia – drums
John Bartlit – vibraphone, marimba
Ottmar Liebert – flamenco guitar, electric guitar, wah, handclaps
Dimi Disanti – electric guitar, solo electric guitar
Robby Rothschils – djembe, calabash, conga, cajón, percussion
Nancy Gagan – vocals
Deborah Domanski – vocals
Mark Clark – bongos, udu, seed pods

Milan in September

02013-01-03 @ 11:01

Recorded during the sessions for The Hours Between Night + Day in 1993. Only available on the Australian version of the 1995 album Euphoria.

Poets + Angels

02012-12-20 @ 11:12

This live version of Poets + Angels from 1990 was only released on the Japanese CD Poets & Angels.

Ringtones

02012-11-23 @ 08:11

I don’t like the alarm metaphor used on mobile phones. That sound was useful when people had only one hard-wired telephone in their house and needed to be alerted to a call coming in. They might have had to hurry to the room the phone was in, in order not to miss the call. Then came the answering machine, which meant one could miss a call and deal with the caller at a later time, but the alarm sound remained.

Now many of us carry a mobile phone on our person most of the time. The phone no longer needs to sound a terrible alarm every single time a call comes in. A gentle announcement would suffice, I think. In fact, it would make quite a difference for a caller to be gently announced, rather than hearing a full alarm sounded. One can always check who called, unlike with the early telephones, and there is the built-in answering machine, too.

With that in mind I created a few ringtones you may download. Try them out, see whether the idea works for you.

Five Clouds, Lenticular

Falling In

Querencia

These are iPhone ringtones. Download to your computer, add to your iTunes, hook up your phone and drag the files over to your iPhone. Maybe they’ll work with Android phones as well, but I have no idea.

Board Recordings from Spring 2012

02012-06-20 @ 12:06

Slideshows

02012-06-19 @ 17:06

 


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