QuietMelodies is now open!

15 06 2009

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As many of you might already know, the new portal is finally open!!!!!  I am so sorry that it has taken so long to happen, but I do hope you find it worth the wait.  Some of the new features you will be able to enjoy are being able to message any member & being able to post your own favorites.  There will also be a forum added so that requests and such can be made there.  Eventually hope to in essence mirror this blog there and of course have new content available.  The new music available should be substantially more than here as there will be multiple people posting =-).  Please stop by and join your NEW home for QuietMusic – www.quietmelodies.com!

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – Scent Of Light

17 03 2009

folder4Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – Scent Of Light
MP3 @ 192 Kbps VBR | 1:14:24 min | 2008 | 110 MB | 10% Recovery Record

With one of his two 2008 releases, The Scent of Light, Nouveau Flamenco pioneer Ottmar Liebert opens up his music into horizons that are new, yet also recall his 1993 CD, The Hours Between Night + Day. Like that album, many of the songs here are inspired by Liebert’s travels, and similarly, rather than fiery flamenco, he takes a more introspective path with subtle, spacious arrangements. Ambient music, which he explored in the 1990s on Opium, remains an influence in Liebert’s music. He uses electronics to gently shape the acoustic space around his guitar and band with reverse percussion echoes on “Firelight,” call and response guitars on “The River: Writing in Water,” and a tamboura drone and tabla on the haunting “Candlelight.” Mellotron flutes and reverse guitar bring “Moonlight,” the most arresting melody on the album, to a haunting close as it dissolves into birds and wind. The centerpiece of The Scent of Light is “Silence, No More Longing.” It’s an 11 minute excursion that builds from a solo flamenco alap to multi-tracked guitars adding ambient electronics, bass, percussion, and finally unleashing a quiet electric storm from guitarist Stephen Duros. Like the album, it takes you from a world of interior ruminations to exterior vistas.

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – Opium

17 03 2009

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MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 2:05:46 min | 1996 | 325 MB | 2 CD’s | 10% Recovery Record

“Ambitious” is a word that’s inevitably used by music critics to describe Ottmar Liebert’s Opium. Spread over two CDs, which also feature text and a variety of photographs, Opium clocks in at more than 125 minutes and affords the German-born guitarist (today a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico) the broadest possible canvas to express his fascinating artistic vision, one that eludes a concise or simple explanation. Nominated for a Grammy (Best New Age Recording) in 1997, Opium comprises one CD subtitled “Wide-Eyed,” which features a fairly straightforward presentation of Liebert’s elegantly vibrant approach to flamenco-influenced acoustic guitar, and an even more intriguing second CD, “Dreaming.” On this disc, Liebert and members of his Luna Negra band have room to indulge in various sonic explorations, probing unfamiliar atmospheric terrain that only a few other globally minded guitar adventurers, such as Steve Tibbetts, have previously charted–only without the feedback Tibbetts often favors. The results are almost always mind-expanding and often quite lovely. The moments when he intertwines electric guitar into his work, such as “Butterfly and Juniper” from disc 1 and “Chi-Wahwah Beauty” on disc 2, are especially satisfying. Other flamenco albums will strike brighter sparks than Opium, but few will equal its sustained, magical glow.

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – Rumba Collection

17 03 2009

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MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 52:41 min | 1997 | 138 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Listening to Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra you are aware that he has more than musical ability. He has a broad understanding of the world and the genius to pick up the feel of a place and culture and create unbelievable music that takes us there and beyond with such depth. He was born in Cologne,Germany. His father is Chinese and German, his mother Hungarian. He traveled widely, and is known and loved throughout the world. With platinum records in other nations and the USA, we’re fortunate he decided to make Santa Fe his home. This album is a wonderful compilation of music from other albums, with two previously unreleased, “Tremula” and an unbelievably agile and delightful rendition of his “Barcelona Nights” a speed merengue.

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