Archive for 2009-05

Tips

02009-05-31 @ 22:05

Regarding this Journal it seems that Firefox works well and some people report problems with Explorer, while it works fine for others. You can download Firefox for free here.

It seems that it is easier to login from http://ottmarliebert.com/backstage than from http://ottmarliebert.com/friends. Something to do with cookies. I always login from backstage.

Just click on the category Music to find all of the free music downloads.

If you haven’t downloaded the high-quality mp3 files from March, you should do so, because those links will expire soon.

I will send out the new password for June tomorrow, Monday. Please remember to add friends@ottmarliebert.com to your email-address book. Wouldn’t want to lose the password in your spam filter.

Monday: Sao Paulo

02009-05-31 @ 22:05

Here is another preview. This is a first mix of Sao Paulo, from the album The Santa Fe Sessions. There is a new bass intro, but I also want record the new intro we do live, which is Stephen’s electric guitar over Jon’s keyboard. I will add that later… an intro to the intro.

Audio MP3

You can download the 320kbps mp3 file here.

I published another preview of a song for the re-release of The Santa Fe Sessions in April.

Photo

02009-05-31 @ 21:05

From the photo session in Manhattan last month:

Photographed by Frank Louis.

Contrast

02009-05-30 @ 06:05

From the BBC:

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Click | Spotify streams for music lovers
Music streaming service Spotify is only a few months old but it has already attracted much attention from music lovers.

The site allows its members to create and listen to heir own playlists of songs streamed to them online.

The same peer-to-peer technology as found in file-sharing is used to deliver near-CD quality and tracks that playback almost instantly.

The service is free for listeners willing to hear audio and on-screen adverts (which appear between roughly every five songs), although users can otherwise pay £10 per month for a premium service which enables them to listen to songs without adverts.

And from guitarist Robert Fripp:

Robert Fripp’s Diary for Thursday, 21st May 2009
The industry-word is that Spotify currently has little advertising to support it & few punters are signing up for the subscription service. In my view, Spotify provides an exemplary model of how the new, emerging music industry of digital provision works against the interests of music’s originators & generators.

Friday

02009-05-29 @ 15:05

Breakfast with Jon. Then he went back to his studio to work with Round Mountain, who are finishing up their next album and I went home to work on a new slideshow for my solo performances. It will be ready for the concerts in Europe in October, but I hope to premier it in San Francisco next month.

I want add two new elements. Words and video. The words will be in many different languages, maybe reminiscent of the words on Opium which were spoken in Farsi, Russian, Korean and French. Here are a couple of glimpses:

The video at the top was not formatted correctly and ended up being a little horizontally stretched, but you’ll get the idea. There will be more glimpses to come in the next few weeks. For extra fun you can start both videos…

Pasatiempo, the arts and culture insert published by the New Mexican newspaper every Friday, had a full-page and nice (I am told – I haven’t read it) article on our Lensic concert next week. They used Roshi Joan Halifax’s photo from Kham for the piece, which I think is great.

Did short interviews with local public radio station KSFR at 11:30 and 17:45.

Sadly the other local station (((KBAC cough, cough))) cancelled an interview that was set up for this past Tuesday at the last minute, demanding that we buy advertising time for the benefit in exchange for the interview. For a BENEFIT!! That’s a serious lack of community-sense, I say!

Lost in Translation One and Two.

Thursday

02009-05-28 @ 14:05

Yesterday’s sunset:

The sun looked like a meteor streaking from left to right.

Drove to Albuquerque to do an interview and play three songs at radio station KUNM in support of the concert at the Lensic next week. BTW, we will bring lots of “classic” merchandise and posters that evening. We won’t sell the merch, but will ask for donations to the school we are doing the benefit for. I think the evening should be spectacular: beautiful venue, great sound, great band (((looking forward to hearing Michael and Robby together!!! You also know them both, Stephen, what do you think?))), lots of historic merchandise AND after the concert a party for those people who scored the special tickets (((those tickets are sold out, but I am told there are some mid-range tickets available!))). Here is a photo I took at the radio station:

The interview will run around 19:30 on Saturday evening and I am told that it will be available in their web archive afterwards. The program is called Ears to the Ground. And Here is the streaming page if you want to listen on Saturday.

Yes, no, maybe so?
Then again there is this info – I don’t remember where I found it:

Consider that many pop/rock concerts hit around and above 120db!

I like San Francisco humor!

Today the 14th European Cycle Messenger Championships start in Berlin.

Wednesday

02009-05-27 @ 20:05

Times Square Plan’s Challenge – Lose the Cars, Keep the Grit – NYTimes.com
Well, I’m happy to report that, a day after the stretch of Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets was closed to cars, the soul of Times Square remains intact. The neon still sparkles. Tourists still wander around bewildered. The whiff of last night’s junk food still hangs in the air.

Love the photo!

I know how to listen to music. I know how to open a bottle of champagne or enjoy a bottle of wine… but, I don’t know a lot about scents. Most of what I know is probably from the book Perfume.

With her permission I am posting this, written by Y., and would like to encourage her to write about scents and calligraphy (check out her Flickr) because I want to learn more about those subjects.

Last night to celebrate an occasion, I opened a new bottle of perfume. Just writing that sounds extravagant, doesn’t it? Never having the nature of a person who needs expensive things, a bottle of pure perfume is certainly special. Carefully breaking the wax seal and the silk cord that fastens around the opening of the perfume bottle is such a ritual, along with taking the time to take in the scent from the stopper. The scent that greets you upon opening the bottle is so much nicer than any atomizer can provide.

The stopper is the key. There is such a difference in the experience of placing a scent on the pulse point rather than spraying. Applying a scent with a stopper and rushing do not mix well. The idea of an atomizer was to make a fragrance convenient, portable, lighter, preserve the fragrance and most importantly, making it less expensive so that it would become more popular. Sometimes a light spritz of a scent is nice and ideal, but not for a classic fragrance. It almost sounds like a good wine, doesn’t it? In an eau de toilette or in an eau de parfum form, essential oils used in a scent are diluted and can translate into a harsher scent. You would think that a pure perfume is stronger, when actually it is softer, longer lasting and you use much less. Swayed by retail trends, maybe we eventually forget what the real essence is like.

Later in the evening a guest mentioned how much he dislikes fragrances. Out comes the perfume bottle that I opened that day. I asked him to close his eyes and removed the stopper from the perfume bottle in order to move it lightly in front of him. His eyes still closed, I detect in the beginning a serious look and then, a smile that told me how different that experience was. It was great. He did not have to say anything.

Scent is such subtle way to communicate. Unspoken. Do you think there is a possibility that a whole generation of of mine/ours (?) will never know the mysteries of scent presented in a very intimate fashion?

Well, she didn’t need to be encouraged much, because here is her new journal.

Today was one of those days that ran away… and is still running. I also ran, back and forth to different appointments, but was able to do some work in the studio.

And last, but not least! An alternate Ottmar Liebert, apparently a Christian Rapper from Uganda, was found on MySpace :-)

Nº 191

02009-05-26 @ 13:05

The Italian magazine New Age and New Sounds has a four-page spread on The Scent of Light in issue Nº 191, and track #5 on the CD that accompanies every issue is Streetlight.

Tuesday

02009-05-26 @ 06:05

Back in 2004 I wrote about hearing Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas play during the guitar festival in Tijuna. In 2006 he sent me a lovely live recording of guitar music, his own arrangements and adaptations of music Ñico Rojas had written for piano. Today I received this email from Ahmed:

Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas received two prizes at Cubadisco 2009, the most important award of Cuban Music Record Industry. His album debut paying homage to the late Ñico Rojas was awarded in the Best Instrumental Soloist & Best Instrumental Album categories. Cubadisco International Fair, founded in 1997 and organized by the Cuban Music Institute, is the most integrating event of the Cuban Music Industry and it constitutes a preferential space to expose the main achievements of Cuban Music. The winners of its 13th edition were announced in Havana on May 16, 2009.

Congratulations Ahmed!
His web site can be found here. More about Ñico Rojas here. Music samples here.

Found the album Plays Ñico Rojas on amazon!! Downloading now.

Morning Walk:



You can find these photos, and more than 10,000 others, on my Flickr. As a member of Ottmar-Friends you can download full-sized Jpegs of most of them. Read more about how to do that here.

And, here is something I noticed on Flickr. Not the kind of place I would frequent – this being more my kind of place – but interesting.


Woo Bar in W Hotel in Seoul, Korea.

Cubadisco 2009

02009-05-26 @ 06:05

Back in 2004 I wrote about hearing Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas play during the guitar festival in Tijuna. In 2006 he sent me a lovely live recording of guitar music, his own arrangements and adaptations of music Ñico Rojas had written for piano. Today I received this email from Ahmed:

Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas received two prizes at Cubadisco 2009, the most important award of Cuban Music Record Industry. His album debut paying homage to the late Ñico Rojas was awarded in the Best Instrumental Soloist & Best Instrumental Album categories. Cubadisco International Fair, founded in 1997 and organized by the Cuban Music Institute, is the most integrating event of the Cuban Music Industry and it constitutes a preferential space to expose the main achievements of Cuban Music. The winners of its 13th edition were announced in Havana on May 16, 2009.

Congratulations Ahmed! His web site can be found here.

Found the album on amazon:
Plays Ñico Rojas
Downloading now!

Monday Evening

02009-05-25 @ 21:05


Last week I wrote this on Twitter (((How to receive Twitter updates))):

Choices result in taste. Taste defines a style. Style creates a narrative. The narrative defines the self, which is nevertheless empty.

These thoughts are nothing new and no doubt Nagarjuna expressed them better anno 150-250 CE.

I was checking out a high-end furniture/design store in Soho when saw a couple leaving, which triggered these thoughts about how we define ourselves by our choices. Those choices are based on our upbringing, education, financial situation and experience. Some of these choices are probably triggered by our individual genetic configuration, others are social/cultural-based and then we add Karma to that mix… Sometimes we are very proud of our excellent choices, our exquisite taste in material stuff, our understanding of immaterial stuff (((e.g. philosophy, Weltanschauung, &c))). But when we strip away all of those choices, what is left? Who are we? (((Zen people love to ask questions like that. Nagarjuna’s answer: Emptiness)))

Maybe we are not our choices, but we are nevertheless defined by them and remembered through them. The personal narrative that is rooted in our choices, is like a pair of colored glasses through which we perceive the world (((and the world perceives us))). So, what does that mean? For me it means to do things with conviction, but lightly. And, therein lies, of course, the difficulty: how to do something with all your might, but lightly… I can do conviction very well, it’s the lightly that I am only learning slowly. Getting older helps.

(Via the music of sound)

I am feeling better today. Had a lot of rest. Still not up to speed. Practiced guitar and worked on Samsara 2.0, my new slideshow for solo performances. I am trying something different this time. Samsara 1.0 was interesting because it was projected at random and was different every night. Samsara 2.0 will be organized, and the reason I am doing it this way is because I want to add video. It’s amazing how shocking it is to have a bunch of photos followed by an image that seems to be still, but suddenly starts moving… While the slideshow will be the same every night, I will continue to play without a set list, which means that the juxtaposition of images and music will still be random in a sense.

This week’s WEEKLY WORDS OF WISDOM chosen by Lama Surya Das:

Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far.
The secret is in action – here and now.
It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself.
Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect
– whatever your idea of perfection may be.
All you need is courage.

– Indian sage Nisargadatta Maharaj

Feast on THIS!!

And now for something completely different:

Truffle (fungi) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The record price paid for a single white truffle was set in December 2007, when Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid US$330,000 for a specimen weighing 3.3 lb, discovered by Luciano Savini and his dog Rocco. One of the largest truffles found in decades, it was unearthed near Pisa and sold at an auction held simultaneously in Macau, Hong Kong and Florence.

Truffle

02009-05-25 @ 12:05

Truffle (fungi) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The record price paid for a single white truffle was set in December 2007, when Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid US$330,000 for a specimen weighing 3.3 lb, discovered by Luciano Savini and his dog Rocco. One of the largest truffles found in decades, it was unearthed near Pisa and sold at an auction held simultaneously in Macau, Hong Kong and Florence.

Monday Music

02009-05-24 @ 21:05

My song Santa Fe is now twenty years old! This version was recorded for The Santa Fe Sessions but not released on that album. If you have seen us perform live you will recognize some of the extra bits and pieces…

Audio MP3

You can download the 320 kbps mp3 file here.

Friday

02009-05-22 @ 10:05

I finished reading Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson a couple of days ago and started on the newest Inspector Shan book, The Lord of Death.

Slept longer than usual and awoke feeling incrementally better than yesterday. Will take it easy today and cleared my schedule, except for a phone interview with Germany this afternoon.

Received a note from John Diliberto that Echoes will transmit today the recording we made at their studio at the beginning of the month. I haven’t heard it yet. Click here to find a radio station near you.

Dezeen » Blog Archive » Proposals for Florence by Gruppo Giovani Architetti Firenze
A new inhabited bridge over the River Arno in Florence is among proposals by Gruppo Giovani Architetti Firenze (Young Achitect Group of Florence) designed to provoke debate about architecture in the historic city.


Find more photos here. Wouldn’t that bridge be an amazing place to live! Anybody remember the William Gibson novel in which the Oakland Bridge had been transformed by squatters?

Proposals for Florence

02009-05-22 @ 10:05

Dezeen » Blog Archive » Proposals for Florence by Gruppo Giovani Architetti Firenze
A new inhabited bridge over the River Arno in Florence is among proposals by Gruppo Giovani Architetti Firenze (Young Achitect Group of Florence) designed to provoke debate about architecture in the historic city.

Check out the photos… wouldn’t that bridge be a great place to live!

The World

02009-05-21 @ 21:05

Ottmar Liebert | PRI’s The World
The World’s Ken Bader tells us about a travelin’ man named Ottmar Liebert.

Thursday

02009-05-21 @ 18:05

Started to mix three unreleased pieces from the archive yesterday, but was suddenly overcome by a cold or something. Could not do much today, even spent some of the afternoon in bed.

Art

02009-05-21 @ 08:05

(Via the music of sound)

Good old Ludwig did not say “Music is the electrical soil in which I live, think and invent…”
I find that this excellent TED Talk is related and mentioned it in the Diary before. Who creates works of art? (((Ha! And who is reading these lines on the screen…))) Humans have wondered about this for thousands of years. The Romans maintained that creativity came from Genius and that Genius was thought to be a separate entity that helped and inspired the human artist. It was only relatively recently that we started calling a great artist Genius – earlier they “had a Genius”.

Sound Advice 041

02009-05-21 @ 07:05

(Via the music of sound)

Unreleased

02009-05-20 @ 18:05

Here is an example of the music available at Ottmar-Friends:

Audio MP3

(Subscribers receive a link to download a high-quality 320 kbps mp3 of this track.)

This is a unreleased and unnamed bossa from 1993. It was recorded during the sessions for The Hours Between Night + Day in Santa Barbara, California. I have no notes from the sessions, but it sounds like the musicians were:

OL – guitars
Jon Gagan – upright Bass, synthesizer + piano (listen for the unison between upright bass and piano about two thirds into the piece)
Davo Bryant – kick drum + dumbek
Mark Clark – percussion effects
Osamu Kitajima – koto

 


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