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Last Summer Ottmar and his group Luna Negra gathered around the Fritz (Neumann) Head in his private adobe studio in Santa Fe, and recorded nine songs. No smoke and mirrors, just a virtuoso performance with a spacial accuracy that suggests that you are actually there in the room, maybe an unseen player in the band. As Stephen Duros (2nd guitar) says, 'Best seat in the house, man.' Any change in volume or left-to-right or front-to-back movement was created by the musicians moving around the dummy head. The goal of performers is always to capture the essence of live performance, and binaural recording just might be the best way to do it. This new 'live in the studio' set has been recorded entirely using the Fritz (Neumann) Head. 'I find the binaural experience much more natural than 5.1 or anything like that,' says Ottmar Liebert.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spiral Subwave International LLC
  • ASIN: B0017SBG9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Debski on June 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Regardless of the recording technique, this is one of OL+LN's best. It has been a very long time since I have heard music from any artist that has brought chills to my spine. "La Luna" is one of those songs that is immediately absorbed by your soul and takes control. You will be under it's spell until you are rudely awakened at it's end. Wow.

There remaining tracks will transform you to other distinations. You will feel the radiant heat of the sun, a cool desert breeze and the chill of the desert night. You will find yourself becoming an active participant to the music by clapping to many of the songs.

As for the "Dummy Head" recording technique, this is something that you need to experience. With an excellent set of headphones the effect is remarkable. With properly spaced loudspaekers the effect is outstanding. The technique does not distract you from the music but enhances the liveliness. This is one of the best digital recodings I have ever heard.

Outstanding.
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Listening to this cd, I was asking myself'" what gives here?"
Sparce and simple this cd builds as it moves along. On second listening it reminded me of the great "Stop Making Sense" DVD where David Byrne builds the album on stage as the movie progresses.
Its almost like being in Ottmar's head as he created his own sound twenty years ago for the epic "Nouveau Flamenco".
Worth owning but not essential .
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Although I like Ottmar Liebert's all other CD's, I was hesitant listening to "Up Close", because I wasn't expecting much from a binaurally recorded guitar-based CD and also because of the requirement for the headphones.

It is not always easy getting a very positive impression from a CD just after one listening.
If a CD achieves this and even more if you are left with a positive specific feeling after listening, then the CD really needs Congratulations.

There are 2 CD's that I experienced joy even after the first listening: "Up Close" by Ottmar Liebert and "Game of Chants" by Guru Singh.
So, here is the prescription:

Directions for use:

1)Up Close: 1X1, with the headphones, in the evening just before going into sleep
2)Game of Chants: 1X1, in the morning just before going to work, if you can avoid your participation by moving extremities, this CD is even recommended while driving.

Contraindications: Extra joy

Side effects: Extra joy, in some subjects increased creativity and resurfacing of hidden skills.
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This experimental recording made the listener feels that he/she is in the studio when it's taped. It has the "live" vibe and very interesting.
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This CD was recorded Very Very Very well with headphones it is absolutely worth every Penny. I say it is a must buy!
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I have all of his music and enjoy when I need to unwind an relax even introduced my boyfriend to it and he enjoys his music.
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