Archive for 2006-08


02006-08-31 @ 09:08

Regarding this post and this postthis is a nice step forward. Ottmar by Naheed Ismail - 4
Click on the photo and click on “map” under “Additional Information”.

Free Music: A Landmark?

02006-08-31 @ 07:08

PC World PC World’s Techlog Free Music From Universal: A Landmark?
The Universal Music Group news does indeed involve everything it owns being available for free if you look at ads, although the more I learn about it, the less certain I am whether this is the tipping point that leads to music in general adopting a free model, or simply an intriguing experiment. The service, due later this year, will be offered by a company called SpiralFrog, which says it would like to sign deals with the other major music labels. Watch a 90-second ad and you can download a song; watch a two-minute one, and you can download a video; to keep them, you’ll need to return to SpiralFrog’s site and watch more ads. The music will be free, but not freely available, and because the music and copy protection are wrapped up in Microsoft’s WMA format, the tunes won’t play on the vast majority of audio players out there (read: iPods).
(Via Robert Fripp

And how will the ad-revenue be shared with the artist? I am so happy I don’t have to deal with a major (or minor) record company anymore. I find that “La Semana”, “Winter Rose” and especially the new “One Guitar” are my best work and relish the fact that I own the masters. (BTW – every artist on the SSRI label owns their master.) Ah, back to music for ad-viewing… wasn’t that predicted years ago? Buy a six-pack of Classic Coke and get a link to download some classic Rolling Stones songs… Buy and iPod and receive U2 music… A Landmark? I don’t think so.


02006-08-31 @ 06:08

Earthwatch Radio
Joseph Bruchac is concerned about the environment, but he doesn’t lecture people. Instead, he visits schools to tell stories in the Native American tradition.

“Within our various cultures, the storyteller was often a man or a woman whose job it was to keep the memory of those things that we need alive, for without the memory of those things we will not survive. I fully believe that, as a storyteller, one of my jobs is to do a similar thing: to share with people, especially children, those stories that will help them to make the right decisions.”
(Via Mediaburn)

Looking for something to cheer you up?

02006-08-30 @ 15:08

Food Supply Chain
Hm, that might not cheer you up…

Was bitter dem Mund ist dem Herzen gesund!
Which means: that which tastes bitter is good for your heart – or in this case: the truth may be painful, but we need to face it in order to improve ourselves and our world.

Aspen Meadows

02006-08-29 @ 15:08

From a morning walk in the mountains:
Bear claws on a tree. Click on photo for the Aspen Meadows slideshow.


02006-08-28 @ 17:08

One Guitar CD Cover
My new CD of solo guitar music One Guitar, is now available from our online store. The album can also be purchased and downloaded from the ListeningLounge.

If you should come to Santa Fe, you can purchase the One Guitar CD from the Ruben Romero World Music Gallery on the historic plaza at 66 East San Francisco Street. Ruben also has outlets at the Jackalope stores in Santa Fe and Bernalillo and a new gallery in Taos.

In addition to that we opened a vendor account at Amazon and expect the CD to become available from them and some affiliated stores within a few weeks.

My thanks to Ritch Fuhrer, who took the cover photo at the Triple Door in Seattle during one of my solo performances there in April. I don’t think it’s a very flattering photo, but I think it does capture that moment of being lost in the music.

Music that is haunting in its beauty and depth. Highly recommended!Ken Wilber

Ottmar Liebert’s new CD of solo acoustic guitar – the ghosts of Spanish flamenco within the dreamscapes of the New World. One Guitar: 13 tracks of contemplation, meditation, exhalation, levitation… and exquisite

Release Date: 29 August 2006 – if you read this Diary regularly you might have guessed it: 2+9+8+2+6=27=9


02006-08-28 @ 08:08

Took Y and C to the Aztec Cafe today for a good local cup of joe. They were in town for this. After returning Y to Upaya, C and I circled around the adjacent park and talked for an hour. In the afternoon I practiced guitar and listened to some of the music Rahim, Barrett, Jon and I recorded this past week.

Friday Evening

02006-08-27 @ 12:08

Took a leisurely walk into town.

Truth about Nature

02006-08-27 @ 08:08

2. Our planet is a single self-managing organism. All life on Earth exists to sustain, nourish and support all other life on Earth. As with a human body or any other organism, that is only possible when each component of the organism does its part, in balance and harmony with the rest. In that sense the Earth is sacred, it demands and earns respect and obedience to its ‘laws’ because that is essential to the survival of all life.

Click on the link above for more. Captivating blog. Some of the views I agree with and others I don’t, but recommended food for thought.

Eggcorn Database

02006-08-26 @ 20:08

The Eggcorn Database
This site is devoted to collecting the kind of unusual English spellings that have come to be called eggcorns. Eggcorn, the word, is a coinage that goes back to the excellent Language Log. The About page retraces the history of the term and offers more information on how this site came to be.

Generate a Ringtone

02006-08-26 @ 20:08

WolframTones: Generate a Composition
I clicked on signalling and listened to a few variations. I found something for my phone.


02006-08-26 @ 14:08

Jack Nicholson’s Car
Video clip showing Jack Nicholson, circa 1978, showing off his hydrogen powered car.
(Via Mediaburn)

Hm, wonder what happened…


02006-08-25 @ 21:08

After reading about blogger Raed Jarrar’s experience at JFK (he was forced to take off a shirt with Arabic writing on it or miss his flight), I finally stopped being depressed about the war on terror and began being proactively pissed off. I made this shirt, which says “I am not a terrorist” in Arabic. I plan to wear it every time I go to the airport from now on.

Thanks for the link, Adam.

What Terrorists Want

02006-08-24 @ 18:08

Schneier on Security: What the Terrorists Want
The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act. And we’re doing exactly what the terrorists want.

Go ahead and click on the link at the start of this post and please read the whole piece.

Brain Music

02006-08-24 @ 10:08

Wired News: Music Makes Your Brain Happy
From an evolutionary perspective, why have humans developed music?

There are a number of different theories. One theory is that music is an evolutionary accident, piggybacking on language: We exploited language to create music just for our own pleasure. A competing view, one that Darwin held, is that music was selected by evolution because it signals certain kinds of intellectual, physical and sexual fitness to a potential mate.

Animals in Translation – Dr. Temple Grandin
Some scientists… think music is just evolutionary baggage with no real purpose, but so many birds and animals create music that it doesn’t make much sense to me that music could simply be so much evolutionary baggage. And if music is just evolutionary baggage, then why does the brain have different areas to analyze the five different components of music? Studies of patients with brain damage have shown that the five distinct brain-processing systems for music are melody, rhythm, meter, tonality, and timbre. My hypothesis is that music is the language of many animals.

I think all language started out as music. Some languages retain more of that musical quality, e.g. Chinese and other Asian languages that depend on tone/melody to convey meaning. Over time, and as language became more abstract, music became an artform… one did not use music to order breakfast, because words were generally more efficient at that task… but to this day certain emotions are easier conveyed with music than words…

Wired News: Music Makes Your Brain Happy
Are there any myths about music that neuroscientists have exposed?

Daniel Levitin:
I think we’ve debunked the myth of talent. It doesn’t appear that there’s anything like a music gene or center in the brain that Stevie Wonder has that nobody else has. There’s no evidence that (talented people) have a different brain structure or different wiring than the rest of us initially, although we do know that becoming an expert in anything — like chess or race-car driving or journalism — does change the brain and creates circuitry that’s more efficient at doing what you’re an expert at.

Just because there may not be a single “Music Gene” does not mean that a certain combination of genes isn’t important or necessary for musical talent. How often do we deny the existence of one thing, only to find out later that that one thing is actually a complex array of many things


02006-08-24 @ 10:08

Ring the bells that still can ring
forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything
that is how the light gets in.

– Leonard Cohen

The Venue Shapes the Music

02006-08-23 @ 15:08

David Byrne Journal: 8.14.06: Duisburg, Germany: The Venue Shapes the Music
The space in which music is to be heard can determine what kind of music the artists create. The physical shape, acoustics, floor plan, and layout of a venue can contribute to the sound. For example, The Kitchen, which was an art-music-performance-loft in SoHo, was austere, reverberant, and echoey. The resultant music, from Phil Glass to Rys Chatham, was pretty spacey and trancelike. Jazz clubs tend to be extremely intimate. The music that results is one of details and an intricate, narrow focus of expression. Arena rock is written to be performed in an arena—it sounds and looks ridiculous in an intimate club. Symphony halls work best for classical music written during a particular era, opera halls…you get the idea.

Indeed. Anything that shapes the sound also shapes the music…

A really big change happens when you fill a venue with bodies! This is what makes a great live sound engineer: the ability to anticipate how the bodies in the venue will change the sound for the performance. I have performed in venues where I hated the sound during soundcheck in the afternoon, but once the venue was filled with bodies it sounded wonderful…

David Byrne also writes:

Is music being written and recorded expressly to cater to the iPod wearer? Is music being written for an audience of one? Private music, intimate, personal — full of details and space?

I always felt that’s what Bjork did with Vespertine. To me that was the first music written for iPod! And I do love listening to One Guitar on an iPod, because even the smallest details stand out… the reverb becomes a hall inside my head…

Thanks for the tip, DK.


02006-08-22 @ 23:08

Day two of our recording session at Jon’s studio. We have recorded about two hours of material so far. Much editing lies ahead… Some of the most precious moments happened spontaneously. At one point yesterday I started playing some chords and Rahim began to sing beautifully. Then the music drifted toward a 6/8 rhythm and Rahim started playing the oud. Lucky for us that Jon was recording! Rahim told us today he could not sleep until four this morning because he kept hearing that piece in his mind… With me it was the other way around: I woke up at four and could not go back to sleep. When we listened to the piece today, I could not remember playing the music. It was like listening to somebody else’s performance…

This evening I started playing guitar without wearing headphones, thinking that Barrett and Jon were working on something in the control room. Rahim played the oud and some magical stuff started happening. To our surprise Jon had quickly captured the whole thing…

Barrett has a great feel on the drums and it is great to hear him with Jon. It’s funny, Al Masocco was my product manager at Epic Records and since he was also the Screaming Trees‘ product manager Barrett and I have heard about each other for about a decade, but we only met yesterday.


02006-08-21 @ 22:08

Billboard on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Aisa Jadoo Remix

02006-08-21 @ 21:08

I think you will agree that the guitar sounds very familiar, yes?

Aisa_Jadoo___Remix_Khakee.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)

Heard at the Indian restaurant in Santa Fe, where Barrett, Rahim, Jon and I ate dinner on a break from recording.

Above link is dead now. Try this link to a YouTube vid containing the same song and sample.


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