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The Everyday Enchantment of Music

02018-03-24 @ 06:03

Brain Pickings – An inventory of the meaningful life.
THE EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT OF MUSIC
A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound, which was polished until it became music. Then the music was polished until it became the memory of a night in Venice when tears of the sea fell from the Bridge of Sighs, which in turn was polished until it ceased to be and in its place stood the empty home of a heart in trouble. Then suddenly there was sun and the music came back and traffic was moving and off in the distance, at the edge of the city, a long line of clouds appeared, and there was thunder, which, however menacing, would become music, and the memory of what happened after Venice would begin, and what happened after the home of the troubled heart broke in two would also begin.

Gödi Gitársaság – YouTube

02018-03-21 @ 14:03

Ottmar Liebert: Santa Fe – Gödi Gitársaság – YouTube

From what I can make out this is a guitar class in Hungary, performing Santa Fe.

Opting Out

02018-03-01 @ 09:03

Opting out
Things are not going well in the music industry…. That’s an understatement. The truth is that things are pretty screwed up in the music industry… That’s also an understatement!

More people need to realize what artists get paid by streaming platforms for their hard work. More people should care!

The cold numbers (per play)
Napster pays $0.0167
Tidal pays $0.0110
Apple Music pays $0.0064
Google Play pays $0.0059
Deezer pays $0.0056
Spotify pays $0.0038
Pandora pays $0.0011
Youtube $0.0006 (IF you monetize)

To get on these platforms you also have to go through a distributor, for example CD Baby, which takes 19% of these royalties… On top of the fixed price for the entry ticket of course, which varies between $49 and $89 for an album. And of course to withdraw that money, you will have bank or Paypal fees…

So in average among these platforms, you get $0.0065, minus the 19% that’s a whooping $0.005265! Meaning for 10,000 plays you get roughly $50

It’s something I might give a try, to ONLY sell a CD from my website. No digital distribution, no streaming, no CD distribution… only selling CDs directly.

The Complete Santa Fe Sessions

02018-01-10 @ 11:01

I have been working on this album for several months, and it’s coming together very nicely. The current favorite cover design is this one, using a photo I took of my guitar case, with yellow-edged stairs and a red table:

TCSFS 5 for diary

Track List:
01 Borrasca
02 Isla del Sol
03 Barcelona Nights
04 Reaching Out 2 U
05 Havana Club
06 Dancing Under the Moon
07 Snakecharmer
08 São Paulo
09 Song 4 Pablo
10 Turkish Night
11 2 the Night
12 La Rosa Negra
13 Heart Still/Beating
14 Santa Fe
15 Morning Arrival in Goa

That’s the favorite sequence at the moment. The sequence might change, but those are the fifteen songs that will be on the album.

Unreleased Music

02017-10-26 @ 12:10

Unreleased music in the form of a new version of Song 4 Pablo.

Song 4 Pablo (2017)

(((Click on the above link to play the song, or control-click and download)))

That is Song 4 Pablo, a song I recorded around 2001 for the album The Santa Fe Sessions. The piece was under consideration for Bare Wood, the stripped down acoustic compilation album we released in 2014. I recently sat down and listened to the piece again. Then I removed the percussion, and re-arranged the piece. All that is left is guitar and bass, and so the song became a duet between me and Jon Gagan. There are only seven tracks altogether, three melody guitars, two rhythm guitars, a steel string guitar, and Jon’s upright bass. And yet, I think you will agree that this song has everything it needs…

Feel free to download this new version of Song 4 Pablo (2017) – it should pair really well with the pieces on Bare Wood.

The Santa Fe Sessions is out of print now, but I have started to work on some of the music again. I feel that the songs were there, but I have never been happy with the end result.

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

 


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