Archive for 2007-02

Guess This Noise #5

02007-02-28 @ 16:02

Courtesy of Canton comes this new noise. Yes, I need to figure out what the winner should get and I owe something to the last winner, Marla. I’ll think of something – send me an email.

Audio MP3

No photo of this noise.
Ottmar: The sound is air escaping from a balloon, yes?
Canton: Yes exactly. I think the technical term is “balloon fart”.

Other News

02007-02-28 @ 16:02

Was able to play guitar for the first time since this happened. After practicing some scales I pulled out the Opium transcripts by Daniel Ward and studied Winding Road/La Primavera – from Leaning into the Night. It’s a great practice piece for two reasons:
– it strengthens the left hand – for most of the piece the left index has to hold all strings down (bar) while the other fingers move around
– there is a steady 6/8 pulse that has to be adhered to throughout – difficult to sound relaxed within the pulse (especially with the left index having to work hard)…
Might be nice to play this piece with the quartet this summer.

Jon, Barrett and I are forming a band, a group, an entity of some kind. We will perform as a trio and will record with a number of different guest-musicians. The first album will feature Rahim AlHaj – the recording we did a few months ago and which is turning out just fabulous – and Barrett had a number of ideas for the next one. I had exchanged a few emails with Bei Bei, but she apparently does not like my choice of a creative commons license and prefers regular copyright – there has to be some irony in that… I told her that I will play guitar for hire under a full copyright, but I will not collaborate with other musicians unless we use a Creative Commons license.

Barrett came over for dinner on Saturday and we ended up talking for hours. I suggested that we each pick four songs from our repertoire – Barrett’s solo albums, Jon’s Transit albums, and my catalog – and start getting together and playing as a trio. Eventually we will write music for this group, but this will get us started. The trio will be an entirely separate entity from my own quartet and I have no idea where it will lead. I think there are enough months in a year that I should be able to do both, my own group and this new trio. How? When? Where? I don’t know. In this group I am just be the guitar-player.

Called Uncle Al and told him about the new trio. Al was my product manager at Epic Records and also product-managed two of Barrett’s bands, The Screaming Trees and Tuatara. Al talked to me about Barrett and to Barrett about me for much of the nineties, but we didn’t actually meet until last Fall. It was nice to hear that Al is very excited about the new group.

This spring Barrett’s label Fast Horse Recordings will release the new Round Mountain album, which I think is great news. We are getting a real nice scene here in Santa Fe. By the way, Jon’s Transit group will perform tomorrow evening at GIG here in Santa Fe!

Old Seed

02007-02-28 @ 10:02

Seed: I Can’t Believe It’s Science (for Feb. 19, 2007)
In 2005, the seed was finally germinated, and last week Carbon-14 dating confirmed that it probably originated between 66 and 73 C.E. The seed is the oldest to ever germinate. While those who see the sapling claim it looks like any old palm tree, germinator Elaine Soloway notes that the first leaves it sprouted are unusually long. She does not yet know whether the tree is male or female, but if the tree is a female, within a few years she will be able to taste fruit nobody has known in thousands of years.

Dusk to Dawn Playlist

02007-02-28 @ 10:02

Jon’s Dusk to Dawn playlist on

Other Download Sites

02007-02-28 @ 10:02

You can now find our SSRI releases on emusic and on Rhapsody – just enter Stephen Duros, Jon Gagan or Ottmar Liebert.

And you can continue to obtain the highest quality files from our own ListeningLounge.

German Movies

02007-02-28 @ 10:02

Two German movies I enjoyed very much:
Go For Zucker
The Edukators
Both also available from Netflix.

Just do it.

02007-02-27 @ 15:02

Al Gore – Tell Congress to act on global warming
Sign the postcard to your representative demanding real action on global warming below and I’ll personally deliver it to Washington in March.

Modeling the Future

02007-02-27 @ 10:02

The Frontal Cortex : Modeling the Future
But it’s worth remembering that our scientific models of global warming, although they seem accurate and are backed by an iron clad scientific consensus, will no doubt turn out to be wrong, at least in the details.

It’s all in the details! Click on above link for the whole story.


02007-02-26 @ 18:02

Unpleasant indeed.
I mean that – don’t click on the link unless you are prepared to experience something unpleasant!

I can’t listen to the file, because it is painfully unpleasant. If you cannot hear the file you do not hear as well as most humans, period. This could have a genetic cause, but most likely you have been listening to music or noise at too high a volume. If you like to listen to music in your car, for example, you should know that it is very easy to turn music up too loud in that environment because you have to overcome the engine and wind noise. I strongly suggest that you:
1. go to an audiologist and do a hearing test – they play you different pitches over headphones and you have to react by pushing a button
2. you get hearing protection for when you go to a club, sit in an airplane, anytime you are around a lot of noise – check out this and this – I use the latter and love ’em!

You may not feel that this is a critical issue for you right now, but once you need hearing aids you will fee different. Nothing can truly bring your hearing back.

Please make an appointment with an audiologist right away.


02007-02-26 @ 14:02

I Can’t Believe It’s Science (for Feb. 26, 2007)
A recent study out of the University of Virginia concluded that not only are older adults more likely than young people to make errors in recollection, but they are also more confident that their memories are accurate.
(Via Seed Magazine)

Continue reading at above link. Seeing only one perspective – one’s own – can be the danger of getting old, although plenty of young people exhibit that kind of calcification. Training or practicing one’s ability to step into a different perspective becomes very important. A Big Mind board-game would be interesting – Monopoly meets Big Mind…

Stepping outside one’s own little sphere, opening up one’s world, developing compassion by putting oneself in other’s shoes etc… it all comes down to becoming flexible and remaining flexible. Meditation helps. It’s calisthenics for the mind, or mind-yoga if you like. I find that I have to remain constantly vigilant, because the mind likes to apply past experience, rather than being open and examining each case individually.


02007-02-26 @ 09:02

Over threehundred globes. Amazing work.

The Frontal Cortex : Autism and Neurodiversity

02007-02-25 @ 10:02

The Frontal Cortex : Autism and Neurodiversity
Beautiful video. Neurodiversity – what a great word. I had not heard it before. Neurodiversity, Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity, Musical Diversity. Stereo sounds better than mono… the more the merrier…. give me every angle!

Santa Fe News

02007-02-25 @ 02:02

Boing Boing: Police blow up profanity-spewing CD players found in church
…police in Santa Fe, New Mexico blew up two CD players that had been taped under pews at the Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The players were programmed to play sexually explicit language during Ash Wednesday mass.

More Thoughts on Music

02007-02-24 @ 14:02

Ottmar Liebert » Blog Archive » Thoughts on Music
Regarding Steve Job’s open letter RE DRM I want to add a few notes:

Apple should:
1. Make DRM elective, meaning Apple should allow indies like us to elect NOT to have our music encoded with DRM – for extra points they could add CC-Licenses…
2. Add OGG Vorbis and FLAC to the formats supported by the iPod. At present it is easy enough to encode OGG Vorbis files or even install a free plug-in that enables playback via iTunes – but iPods won’t play back the files.
3. Apple should increase the quality of the files sold on iTunes. IMO 128kbps is not worth it and is the main reason I have so far purchased only one track from iTunes. Give us at least 192kbps.

One Minute

02007-02-23 @ 23:02

quiet american
Surely you can spare a minute to clean your ears? Take a one-minute vacation from the life you are living. One-minute vacations are unedited recordings of somewhere, somewhen. Sixty seconds of something else. Sixty seconds to be someone else. A new one-minute vacation will be added each week on Monday if I can manage it (so far, there are 266 vacations).

One Guitar Remixed – Creative Commons

02007-02-23 @ 21:02

One Guitar Remixed – Creative Commons
Ottmar Liebert (you can read his Featured Commoner interview here) pondered that he would like someone to remix his his guitar solo recordings.

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Stolen Goods

02007-02-23 @ 18:02

As expected, the people behind WeLove-Music simply re-uploaded the files to Rapidshare and the music is once again available for free download. See here, for example. I sent another email to RapidShare and also asked a friend at Blogger for advice. His suggestion was to complain to Google using this form. Note that I have to send a letter by snailmail or fax. And what will prevent the person to simply start a fresh new free Blogger account? Nothing.

Well, this took an interesting turn. In the afternoon I wrote to the email address on the Blogger profile and asked the person to stop giving away music that isn’t his/hers to give away. In the evening I received a reply with an apology and the promise that the files would be deleted. I just checked and they are gone.

One Guitar Remixed

02007-02-23 @ 12:02

Andrews Gaskins took me up on this challenge:

I would love to hear somebody using my solo guitar recordings for remixes. Hm, maybe remixes that are NOT dance-mixes… remixes that don’t have a big beat… remixes that are more like collages…

He remixed three of the tracks from One Guitar. You can find the result here, a little more about the artist here and on his own web site. Above radio player features my original tracks contrasted by his remixes.

Have a listen. Click on “Pop Up” in above player to listen while you are surfing the net or working on your computer. Enjoy.

Tuatara – East of the Sun

02007-02-22 @ 13:02

Message from Barrett:

Fast Horse Recordings-Tuatara “East Of The Sun”
Just letting you all know that the new Tuatara album “East Of The Sun” is now available for listening online, at our virtual jukebox (link above). The album will not be available for sale till the June 12th street date – you all get the first listen!

With Barrett’s permission I am posting the above link for your listening pleasure. Here is the bio.

Funny you should mention that…

02007-02-22 @ 11:02

Ghoonter comments:
I have often wanted to purchase music on LL for a friend or family member as a gift. Along with the “email-a-friend” idea, it would be nice to have the option to buy a gift for a friend, and then have the information sent to them via email so they can download… or maybe it would have to be a gift certificate code or something.

Funny you should mention that! I have been torturing Canton with that idea for a while: an option to buy a ListeningLounge gift for a friend, and the choice of emailing the gift-certificate code to the friend right away or printing out the information for old-fashioned “analog” gift-giving. Well, I am happy to let you know that Canton is working deep in the bowels of the LL and we should have this implemented sometime in March. Multiple gift-giving will also be possible, meaning that you can do all of your gift-shopping at once – this could be especially interesting to companies wanting to give music to their employees, or people with lots of friends… they would be able to enter multiple recipient’s email addresses – all very quick and painless.


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