La Luna

This performance of La Luna was recorded at the Boulder Theater in 2004. In addition to Jon Gagan and me Robby Rothschild is playing cajon, djembe and congas and Ron Wagner plays tablas, dumbek and various other things.

Long Photo

I made several short videos that I thought of as Long Photos. The camera is on a tripod and the POV and perspective don’t change. Nothing much happens in a long photo… grass sways in the wind, water moves. That’s all. I love it and put long photos, like this one, in the slide shows I used to project when I performed solo guitar. In a sequence with still photos a long photo like this can be quite shocking and occasionally I heard people gasp when they realized the image was actually moving.

When You Cannot See You Must Feel

I recorded this in August of 2019 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I was fascinated with the vine feeling for a new place to attach. I felt it was a good metaphor… when we cannot see or know, we need to trust and feel the direction.
You can watch it larger on Vimeo

Binaural Video

This morning I noticed a new comment from Éric B. on a post from 2008:

Ok. After almost 14 years…. Is there a place to still access this video? It’s simply gone now. I found someone reposting your video but it’s been transcoded so the sound is not…. Really crisp anymore.
Help Ottmar! Help! ;)
Have a good time on your side of the planet and to all the crew. Much love.

Ah, the Internet Entropy. Well, I hadn’t watched that video in a long time, myself, and went looking for it. The video is 14 years old and looks like, well, the way video used to look. But it’s still great fun to see/hear when Davo walks around with the shakers or when I get up (at around 3’52”) and walk around the head. Watch the video here or go to this link, where you will also find download options.

Reminder: you will NOT properly hear the music is you listen with AirPods or similar “open” earphones. If that’s all you got, try to cover them with your hands. It’s important that your left ear does not hear anything emanating from the right speaker and vice versa. That is also why regular loudspeakers will not work at all. Old fashioned “closed” headphones, that cover all of the ear, work well. IEMs work, of course.

This links to the original post from September of 2007, which explains the video a little.

This links to a post by Stephen Duros about the binaural recording experience.

Guitar @ Home

My guitar was delivered to the apartment just moments ago and I was thrilled to see that it was in perfect condition. Not a scratch on guitar or case. Very happy.
The music is something new I am working on. It’s a 6/8 feel over 4/4 and the second guitar will be a plucked reggae part. I just played the second guitar part along with the video and it works very nicely.

Recorded with a phone propped up against a pillow. :-)