I re-released Up Close today. Headphones only. There are a few bonus items, including a video. Here is a roundup of the next releases. After these three I will re-release a remastered version of The Scent of Light, and sometime in January there will be the brand new vision 2021 – the Full Version of the new album.

These three upcoming re-releases are offered in high definition, with a bit depth of 24 and a sample rate of either 88.2 or 96kHz.

Up Close (Binaural)

Ever wonder why your ears are on opposite sides of your head, earthling? On an axis six inches apart, pointing in opposite directions? And ever wonder how come everything sounds so good, so three dimensional, so spacially accurate… and how come your stereo isn’t set up like this because recently you’ve been messing around with five or six speakers and even a bass woofer to try and get what any two ears can hear at any concert any day or night.

What about binaural recording — does this represent acoustic space accurately? Binaural… “bin” from the Latin, meaning two or twice, same as “bi”, also from the Latin, meaning two or twice, but for some reason “bin” is favored by these recordists, maybe because of the mathematical “binary” association, maybe because of the German work on the technique. No matter. Yes, binaural recording uses two mics as in conventional stereo recording, except that they are positioned exactly as are the diaphragms inside your ears: six inches apart, back to back, pointing along the invisible axis that runs straight through your head, earthling.

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slow

Love whispers while hate screams, and this year I decided to whisper so softly. I wanted to raise my guitar against the sound of billions of smartphones beeping with the latest news, mentions, likes, and comments, keeping us in a state of constant alarm. I hope that some of you will switch your devices into airplane mode and let this music take you on a flight.

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one guitar

In his famous novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” the Colombian writer Gabriel Marquez has a scene where a Conquistador is recovered from the bed of a river, a husk within a heavy suit of armor. This piece of folk archaeology is part of the imagery that drives the story as a cultural echo. There are similar echoes in Ottmar Liebert’s new CD of solo acoustic guitar, that is, the ghosts of Spanish flamenco within the dreamscapes of the New World. One Guitar: 13 tracks of contemplation, meditation, exhalation, levitation… and exquisite solitude.

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