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Rare To Go – December Solstice CD & Download…

Click Here to find the CD package online, and the Mastered CD tracks to Download…

3D Animation of the package…

For the Solstice and Holidays, and with 25% discount on both the CD package (ready for shipping around New Year’s Day) or the CD Master audio download (ready now as WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF), I want to share what I came to think of as something like my musical diary of a working band.

The Story…

It was more than just finding a new CD to come up with. In fact it started with me over a period of months just listening to tracks that had accumulated at different times on a mastering/recording box I have (Alesis ML-9600).

Some of these were mixed DSD studio takes downsampled to CD resolution for reviewing, others were live band rehearsals capturing the room in stereo with 2 mics. Others were from shows where I had a DAT recorder at 16/48 plugged into a mixing board.

So the story of how events (rehearsal, studio recording, live shows) progressed at seemingly random steps slowly emerged from these playbacks. Then I wanted to organize a thread of them for myself as a warm recollection of a lot of talent and a lot of work and even more so, the fun and enjoyment shared among the musicians during the journeys.


The CD…

And that was the genesis of this different kind of album. It’s one that took all the hi-res and lo-res, well prepared and getting prepared, and live material, and put 10 songs together that helped visualize in an audio fashion that story, ending with my migration to Hawaii (“Help Yourself”on ukelele). It’s just my personal version of that story through these tracks. I am so grateful to have been part of it.

Click Here for the 18-page CD booklet as a PDF with Notes, Lyrics, Photos, and Links.

Then I wanted to share it with anyone interested. I also wanted to optimize the fact that all the source recordings were going to be mastered as a homogenous album for CD release. In other words, all I wanted was a good sounding CD, nothing else. This is not the focus of the SACD hybrids or DSD Downloads. So I then worked critically on that final CD mastering using the tools I had.

A lot of people who have been listening to me for 20 years or so haven’t had time or inclination to get on fast tracks to h-res and all the gear and software that takes plenty of both of those ingredients (time & inclination), not to mention some extra dough.

I felt in a retro way that it should be simple to provide an honest and very good sounding CD to anyone and everyone, instead of isolating the music towards only those with hi-res (DSD, HRA) inclinations. Something to carry to the car or to someone’s house or to just keep laying around in the living room to play a bunch…


The Holidays…

So by putting this out I’m breaking down some of the walls I myself created diving into hi-res (which I still love don’t get me wrong). And this disc still contains all the important qualities I’ve been tuned into for all these years: good honest performances, good room/mood/ambient captured in recordings, and good studio preparation (mix/master) for release. Is it hi-res? No. Does it sound real, live and natural with high quality? Yes!

So here it is for you to enjoy as well. In addition to the 25% discount offer that is good through New Year’s Eve 2015, I am including a free copy of the “David Elias & The CasualTees” CD with all of the CD disc orders. This has a limited edition quantity (signed if you like, one or both discs) of 50.

Use these Discount Codes for the Bandcamp 25% off:

CD (w/ downloads and streaming): raretogo_cd

Download Only (with streaming): raretogo_download

The CD will begin shipping right around New Year’s Day 2016 + 1… (that’s Jan 2nd or so).  Yes if you buy the CD you get the CD Master downloads as well as unlimited streaming from the album page. Bandcamp happens to sound very good to me, however it is streaming the CD and HRA masters I have there. You can in fact preview any of the albums I have there in full — not clips, the whole song.

You can find either media to order using the discount codes above right here on Bandcamp…

When I get the discs (I like the new package a lot!) that are being replicated right now (real CD’s not CD-R’s) I’ll start shipping the CD orders to you with the free “Live in San G.” copy as well.

I suggest you download the PDF to read and reference for all the lyrics and other notes. The lyrics are even written like a story this time (i.e., paragraphs). What can I say, it just happened.

 Be Well…

So be well and enjoy yourself through the holidays and into the new year. My thanks to you always for listening and to the musicians and studio/sound people on these tracks with endless gratitude.

Aloha,

DE

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Paying Attention to Detail…Mobile HRA from OPPO

Extending Free DSD / HRA / CD Download with OPPO product purchase for the holidays…Mele Kalikimaka!

The Fast Lane to the Art of Listening

Mobile HRA – The way of listening anywhere

12/16/2015 – the free DSD album download has been extended! If you purchase the OPPO product through my link on this post, you can choose an album download of mine from the catalog here: http://davidelias.bandcamp.com/music — Happy Holidays! – DE

Aloha and yes, it’s June. I know I’m not the only one living in a fast forward universe. So be it. But enjoying the ride is always good. I have made time this year for a lot of renewed listening to many old and some new recordings. It has been a joyful journey.

The main way I’ve been getting to the detail of many styles of writing and playing/recording is through my kick ass Mobile HRA setup of an OPPO HA-2 portable DAC and headphone amp, and the the OPPO PM-3 closed planar magnetic headphones.

Here they are with my iPhone…I played…

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See the eclipse video...link below is post.

Eclipse this… and 60% off Discography (24-bit HD and 16-bit CD masters)

Happy Holidaze. . .

Well it’s a thankful time as a reminder at least, if not more. I was up in the middle of the night again and found a way to put my entire Discography online at Bandcamp (BC) as a one-time purchase at a big discount.

You get the downloads in any or all of the BC digital formats: 16/24-bit FLAC (PCM lossless masters), ALAC (lossless) and MP3 (320k). Buying the downloads as my Full Digital Discography also gets you unlimited streaming of all these tracks anytime forever from the Bandcamp pages. They are arranged nicely by album and very easy to play continuously.

Hey you can also give it to someone as a gift!

Take a look:  http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

When you click the link, scroll down until you see “Full Digital Discography” and that’s it. It looks like this:

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I have 12 albums and singles up there right now including “Crossing”, “The Window”, “Acoustic Trio”, “Slipper Sessions” (all 24/88.2 PCM downloads from the DSD masters) as well as my released CD masters of “Lost in the Green”, “Time Forgets”, “Half an Hour Away” and “The Blue Planet”. There are also some singles there you won’t find anywhere else!

The Discography now is exactly 60% off what the download albums cost individually. That’s the holidaze part. Reply to this message if you have questions I can help with.


Part 2 of this email is the Eclipse part which is a 1080p video I made of the lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014 from here on the Big Island (where there’s no light pollution…at all).

You can see all 3 minutes of this video (my attention span has now shrunk to be in the optimal hit single range of around 3 minutes or less) on YouTube at this link:

https://youtu.be/bFiXzSniF8M

The instrumental soundtrack is my song “Inverness” from “The Blue Planet” CD. If you haven’t heard it you might not recognize me in there cause I just play a single keyboard/synth in a single take. But that’s me and as you can tell the music wasn’t written out.

Here’s a still shot I took of the Blood Moon that night:

Blood Moon Eclipse by David Elias, 10-8-2014, Hawaii



Have a wonderful holiday
and time off everything that’s anything “out there” and a good time with everything that’s “in there” with any and all loved ones who “are there”.

Aloha!

– DE

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Aloha for the Equinox – Free “Hi” Download

Saying Aloha to the Equinox.

With the autumnual equinox a couple days off for those of us “up over” and the vernal equinox equally ready for those “down under”, a release of a single from the stage at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco is ready to move into the iTunes/Tidal/Amazon/et al ether.

You and anyone you tell about it can download it for free for the next few days.

Download the WAV audio here: Hi – David Elias

Performed with Charlie Natzke and Chris Kee, “Hi” has done a great job on the 2MAXFM Australian radio with great thanks to DJ Pete Hammond.

To listen to a 12 minute interview from last month with Pete Hammond calling from Narrabri Australia you can click here.

Have a happy new season.

Take Care,

– DE

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Hi – David Elias

Tell me the reason
I feel this way
Is it something I said
Or just what I might say
Am I closing an old book
Or writing a new
Is it one long hello
Or just one short adieu
Hi..

Blueberry season
The mountains are one
The days are all long
We just sit in the sun
And talk through the hours
Til the pale glimmering
If you lean a bit closer
You might hear me sing
Hi..

And I won’t look back I won’t look back
I’ll never go I’ll never go
I can’t say yes I can’t yes
I won’t say no I won’t say no
All that I need is the eye that can see in my heart

So go wander away
But don’t linger too long
You may miss the reason
You first came along
Tell me your story
Tell me your heart
We won’t share those secrets
Til well after dark
Hi..

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Black.. Cyber.. What Next ? Purple Saturday?? – 20% off Coffeehouse (music)

Black… Cyber … what next .. Purple?

OK it’s a holiday season thing. Good!

I got included in a nice promotion from one of most CAREFUL hi-rez download sites out there. www.nativedsd.com is in Holland (you know Amsterdam, but they are in another city nearby).  They are offering the DSD download of my “Coffeehouse DSD Playlist #1” for 20% off from now through January 5th, 2015 (2015???).

Here’s the page link:
https://skettisandwich.nativedsd.com/albums/coffeehouse-playlist-dsd-1

Don’t forget to use the Coupon Code: XmasCoffee (capital X, C) when you checkout. Friends of mine have told me that NativeDSD.com is one of the friendliest, easiest download sites for hi-rez.


For my part, I created the downsampled 24/48k FLAC of the same playlist album. This sampler has hi-res songs from all my other full releases so anyone wondering what all this DSD or FLAC stuff is about… here’s a way to try it.

If you’re not into DSD (yet), try the FLAC, it plays on PC and Mac (with free Flip converter) with most if not all media players and sounds way better than MP3 or lossy AAC.

Here it is on Bandcamp:
https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/album/coffeehouse-dsd-playlist-1

Use the same Coupon Code at checkout: XmasCoffee

The songs on the Coffeehouse sampler from “The Window”, “Crossing”, “Slipperworld DSD Sessions”, “Acoustic Trio DSD Session” are:

– The Old King
– Half An Hour Away
– Rodeo On A Ridge
– Mend My Mind
– Close My Eyes
– Morning Light / Western Town
– Vision Of Her
– Poor Polly
– Aspen Rose (solo, prev. unreleased)

Click here to look at the PDF with lyrics and notes on each song. Musicians on these tracks include: Sally Van Meter, Ross Martin, John Magnie, Matt Flinner, Marc Dalio, Charlie Natzke, Chris Kee, Scott Beynon, Ken Owen, Peter Tucker.

Enjoy the holidaze season…Aloha!

– DE

Free Download: Slipper DSD Sessions

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10/27/2014 – Update
Cut to the chase.. Free EP download as MP3-320 through the end of October is online .. Click Here!

Password is: slippah1

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To celebrate the release of my new 6-song EP “Slipper DSD Sessions – And The Bit Goes On…” hi-rez download I am giving away the entire album in MP3 format.

Just send me a note from my contact page at http://davidelias.com/contact.html and I’ll reply with the download link and password.

Just when you thought you understood “genre” you get Independent Acoustic ranging from heavy wood trio to electric quartet and a chilling solo thrown in for good measure. You also get a full PDF booklet with lyrics, notes and photos.

Read below what audiophile Gary R. wrote about these songs.. Hope you get to hear them and tell others about this offer through October.

The album is online for download in 3 different hi-rez formats: DSD, FLAC 24/88.2 and FLAC 24/176.4 — you get all formats now for $9.95 as well as the MP3 — Buy it in hi-rez here.

What you get to hear on this release is a very dynamic side of the David Elias catalog recorded carefully at Slipperworld to take advantage of the rich spectrum of harmonics, decay, resonance and natural analog like sound captured by single bit, 2.8mHz sample rate Direct Stream Digital (DSD…and the bit goes on…). You can listen to these nuances using any computer audio gear or home/studio hifi gear in any DSD or downsampled PCM digital formal.

Here is what audiohile Gary wrote me about these new tracks – Aloha! – DE

Miracles take time
There is a delicacy, hushed reverence and deeply felt awe in this song, a melancholy “smiling with sad eyes” vibe. I was deeply touched. Love that your lyrics are both accessible and enigmatic. They require the listener to pay attention and “get it” but without the struggle and off-putting frustration of completely obscure and inaccessible lyrics. You’ve always had the right balance as a poet and song writer in tuning in to this balance.

Poor Polly
Love the intro. Mysterious but inviting where an expectant anticipation is created. The ensemble playing is, as always, first rate.your voice is in a higher range which conveys a bit more anguish at being sometimes bewildered by life itself. Settle Down the Questions indeed? Love the riffs between stanzas. To me the song is about not taking the easy way out and giving in to glib and ready answers to life’s most difficult questions and quandaries. One continues the pursuit; the struggle because one must. There is really no other way to be truly human.

White & Blue as a propulsive allure that conveys a mystery within mystery. Perhaps the passage of time with its inevitable longing and as perceived from the different vantage points of other living creatures.

Silver Pen.. I love the opening intro and the transitions. Playing and ensemble are, as always, top rank. Nothing is overdone or underdone. The tonal balance matches the purity and honesty of your singing. Pristine.

River of Dreams is very much in the same spirit of longing and remembrance of what once was but can never be again . . . no regret . . . just sadness, longing and acceptance. Loved it.

With these last two songs, I’m reminded of several of my favorite songs of longing that make me deliciously melancholy every time I hear them. A contradiction in terms? I think not. These songs describe the person left behind and explore what draws the other person – sometimes inexplicably – to another place – like a magnetic north that can’t be resisted. These are some examples:

Bob Dylan “Man in the Long Black Coat” on Oh Mercy
Alison Krauss “Maybe” on Forget About it
Alison Krauss “Ghost in the House” same CD
Joan Baez “Jesse” on several of her classic CDs

With the final song “Miracles Take Time” the listener is gifted with two versions of the same song in this, David’s latest offering. One version is with his band; in the other he is solo. Both versions convey the same words but, at least for me, create a slightly different emotional response. Part of the delight of listening to great music like this is that the listener must construct meaning for his/her self. For me, “Miracles Take Time” conveys the indefiniteness of both outcome and time of things worth waiting for. The solo version is a deeply personal rendition that revels in the silence between the notes, whereas the version with the band is more communal – a shared experience, that is more upbeat in the sense of creating a lament that is shared with others in real time.

2MaxFM-91.3

Australia World Media – finally breaking into New Age…

on da internet radio… new age… poor polly…
trancendental deprivation part ii – straw dream…

You can listen online… here’s the link:

www.2maxfm.com.au

Here’s the date/time in California (18 hrs behind Australia broadcast):


October 8th (Wednesday) – 4pm to 5pm


WHAT’S NEW

CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL VOCAL AND NEW AGE MUSIC

1.    David Elias   Slipper DSD Sessions

       Poor Polly

       Track   2   Play list   Native   8.30

 

2.    Will Ackerman   Visiting

       Hawk Circle

       Track   3   Play list   Visiting   5.06

 

3.    Trysette   French kiss  

       Insane 

       Track   Play list   French   3.26

 

4.    Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney   Transformation

       Confused

       Track   2   Play list   Transformation   7.12

 

5.    Stanton Lanier   A Thousand Years

       Always in Blossom

       Track   8   Play list   A Thousand   4.32

 

6.    Mala Ganguly and David Vito Gregoli   Prana

       Sa Native-Mix

       Track   7   Playlist   Prana   4.26

 

7.    Lawrence Blatt   The color of sunshine

       Jaune  ( Yellow )

       Track   7   Play list   The color of   5.08

 

8.    Fiona Joy   Portrait of a waterfall

       3rd.movement    “ The Ascent”

       Track   6   Play list   Portrait   6.43

 


October 8th (Wednesday) – 5pm to 6pm


NEW AGE NEW RELEASES

 1.    Walkin’ Jim Stoltz   The Vision

       Windsinger

       Track   5   Play list   The Vision   5.08

 

2.    Steven Vitali   Language of the soul

       Soul healing

       Track   13   Play list   Language   6.15

 

3.    Steven Chesne   Moments form the life stories of strangers

       Glory story number 2

       Track   5   Play list   Moments   5.06

 

4.    Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman   Winds of Samsara

       Heaven is here

       Track   6   Play list   Winds   6.02

 

5.    Ray Spiegel Enaemble   Moksha

       Soul at sunrise

       Track   3   Play list   Moksha   6.28

 

6.    Adam Andrews   Road to Ambo

       Hope and joy

       Track   3   Play list   Road to   4.39

 

7.    Matthew Schoening   Narrow path

       Frolik 1

       Track   6   Play list   Narrow   4.31

 

8.    David Elias   Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions

       Transcendental Deprivation Part II – Straw Dream

       Track   13   Play list   Acoustic   9.25

 

**** Programme is sponsered by Little Hartly Music Fiona Joy’s label ****

 

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Happy Equinox! New Album – Slipper DSD Sessions

Season of the Fall 2014 – Equinox for All
Download the new DSD album
Slipper DSD Sessions
…and the bit goes on….

6 Brand New Tracks in Native DSD recorded on Sonoma by Charlie Natzke at Slipperworld.net and mixed by Charlie Natzke as Analog directly back to Sonoma stereo DSD64.

It’s only $9.95 right now – You can get it only at
http://www.davidelias.com

The Slipper DSD Sessions are the result of live studio sessions performed by David Elias, Charlie Natzke, Chris Kee, Scott Beynon and Ken Owen in the small intimate studio at Slipperworld, La Honda, California in the redwoods not too far from the coast.

Songs included are: 01 – Miracles Take Time (solo); 02 – Poor Polly; 03 – White & Blue; 04 – Silver Pen; 05 – River of Dreams; 06 – Miracles Take Time (CasualTees)

These sessions were recorded to 8 tracks or less on Super Audio Center’s Sonoma DSD workstation using EMM Labs/Meitner ADC/DAC converters. They are not overdubbed. Like all my other DSD albums, this release uses the same approach of minimal micing without isolation, capturing the acoustics of the room, the band as well as the spontaneous arrangements of each song presented. These tracks range in dynamics from the sound of a full electric/acoustic band, to a pure acoustic trio (Heavy Wood!), to a solo acoustic singer/songwriter (that would be me). It’s as real as it sounds.

A PDF is included with song and concept notes by David Elias, photos by Peter Buranzon, as well as lyrics. You can get the PDF here…

What you get to hear on this release is a very dynamic side of my catalog recorded carefully at Slipperworld to take advantage of the rich spectrum of harmonics, decay, resonance and natural analog like sound captured by single bit, 2.8mHz sample rate Direct Stream Digital (DSD…and the bit goes on…). You can listen to these nuances using any computer audio gear or home/studio hifi gear supporting DSD playback. You also get MP3-320 downsamples for your smartphone or iPod.

Feel free to reply if you have questions.

Happy Equinox!  Aloha!

– DE

PS – here is what audiohile Gary wrote about these new tracks:

Miracles take time
There is a delicacy, hushed reverence  and deeply felt awe in this song, a melancholy “smiling with sad eyes” vibe. I was deeply touched.
Love that your lyrics are both accessible and enigmatic. They require the listener to pay attention and “get it” but without the struggle and off-putting frustration of completely obscure and inaccessible lyrics. You’ve always had the right balance as a poet and song writer in tuning in to this balance.

Poor Polly
Love the intro. Mysterious but inviting where an expectant anticipation is created. The ensemble playing is, as always, first rate.your voice is in a higher range which conveys a bit more anguish at being sometimes bewildered by life itself. Settle Down the Questions indeed?
Love the riffs between stanzas. To me the song is about not taking the easy way out and giving in to glib and ready answers to life’s most difficult questions and quandaries. One continues the pursuit; the struggle because one must. There is really no other way to be truly human.

White & Blue as a propulsive allure that conveys a mystery within mystery. Perhaps the passage of time with its inevitable longing and as perceived from the different vantage points of other living creatures.

Silver Pen.. I love the opening intro and the transitions. Playing and ensemble are, as always, top rank. Nothing is overdone or underdone. The tonal balance matches the purity and honesty of your singing. Pristine.

River of Dreams is very much in the same spirit of longing and remembrance of what once was but can never be again  . . . no regret . . . just sadness, longing and acceptance. Loved it.

With these last two songs, I’m reminded of several of my favorite songs of longing that make me deliciously melancholy every time I hear them. A contradiction in terms? I think not. These songs describe the person left behind and explore what draws the other person – sometimes inexplicably – to another place – like a magnetic north that can’t be resisted. These are some examples:

Bob Dylan “Man in the Long Black Coat” on Oh Mercy
Alison Krauss “Maybe” on Forget About it
Alison Krass “Ghost in the House” same CD
Joan Baez “Jesse” on several of her classic CDs

QuadraphonicQuad.com Forum – Guest Thread – DSD Surround

Join the guest thread on QuadraphonicQuad.com where I am answering questions about DSD, SACD and Surround Sound.

A free DSD download of one of my songs will be announced later today by NativeDSD.com as part of their JustListen features.

http://www.quadraphonicquad.com/forums/showthread.php?19397-David-Elias-Guest-Artist-Thread-Ask-About-SACD-DSD-Surround-and-Downloads&goto=newpost

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Rev9 did the research and the careful listening. We were interested in solving the problem of getting really good sound reproduction from audio files into a portable setup that anyone could use whether they were at home or elsewhere.

We found the solution… We call it the Revelation Station.It is a Hi-Rez Kit for your iPhone, brought to you by Rev9.

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  • ….kid gloves for the “how-to” when needed….

It is a handheld or pocket friendly portable configuration for anyone with an iPhone iOS7 that likes to listen to music. We have selected small but professional hardware components and the best software available to allow any type of audio file to be played with outrageously good quality to your ears.

DSD download files, our Holy Grail of sonic bliss are supported in the Revelation Station configuration. So are all other PCM formats of tracks you have already downloaded and are listening to.

This plays from the iPhone but doesn’t sound like iTunes sounds…If you are tired of the poor sound of MP3’s and AAC’s you are ready for the Revelation Station.

PS – Don’t worry – we’ll help you set it up if you need us.