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Friday, January 25, 2008

New Bjorn Lynne album, "Quiet Places"

Dear friends,

I hope you are all well and ready for some new music from this northern corner of the world.

I mentioned a while ago that I would probably be releasing two new albums this year; one with quiet, reflective, ambient music -- and another one with more upbeat, melodic electronica.

My ambient CD, "Quiet Places" is now available to purchase as a downloadable album from my own download shop and will soon also be available to buy as a physical CD, through my own personal CD-shop as well as through CDBaby. (The CD's are being produced at the time of writing this).

This album, Quiet Places, has been composed and produced over a period of more than 2 years. I didn't want to hurry it or push it. I worked on it only when the feeling came over me and I really felt like I wanted to work on it. The music on this CD is made for quiet reflection, maybe for some personal time. The inspiration for the music has come from taking some quiet walks in the beautiful and rather desolate nature which is available to me, here in my home in Norway. Far from being "all pretty", the album also has it's odd, bittersweet, and introspective moments.

The CD contains a number of photos, all taken from the area around where I live (max. 1 km from my house), in Stavern, Norway, where all of this music was "born". I wanted to include the photos because I felt that they somehow represent the source of the music. I also took all the photos myself.

I have made low-fi previews of the entire album, start to finish, available to listen online on my site. Just go to the dedicated page for this CD: http://www.lynnemusic.com/quietplaces.html and you can listen as much as you want (low sound quality, though).

I will write again when the actual physical CD is available to purchase. For now, it's only available as a purchased download in 320-kbps MP3-files (no protection/DRM) from my own download shop, and this purchase also includes high-res image files of all the cover artwork, so that you can print the cover yourself and burn a CD.

The actual physical CD will be available to purchase from my shop within a week or so. This time I have ordered only 150 physical CD's to be stocked here at my home in Norway, and all the rest to be stocked at CDBaby in USA. The reason is that the physical CD's cost SO much to ship. It's almost pointless to sell my physical CD's from here, due to the shipping cost. I pay about $2 per CD to have them shipped from the factory to my home in Norway, and then it costs me about $12 in stamps to send a single CD to USA. Plus about $1 for a padded envelope. So for each physical CD sold from my personal CD-shop here in Norway, I have shipping costs of about $15. I charge $7.90 in shipping when someody orders a CD on my web site -- which means I take a loss of about $7 in shipping when I sell a CD from here.

This is why, this time I will have only 150 copies here at my own personal shop, and all of these will be autographed. After these 150 are sold out, the physical CD will be available from CDBaby in USA, and from many different music download services such as iTunes, PayPlay and many more.

But at the time of writing this, "Quiet Places" is only available from my download shop: http://www.lynnemusic.com/downloadshop.html

I hope that (some of you at least) will enjoy this little outing into "quiet music for reflection and personal time" which I have made for you all. Some of you may have heard some of the tracks before, as I've had them posted on my web site -- such as Kaleidoscope, Solnatt, and Waiting.

If you buy the album, whether it be as a download or as a CD, I would very much appreciate it if you could go to the dedicated page for "Quiet Places" and write your own review of it. The review doesn't have to be so artistic, long, or well written. Just a few words about whether you enjoyed it or not, and why. This helps other people to make up their minds on whether to buy the album.

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