Category Archives: Free Download

Changing Down – Kilauea Halema’uma’u Lava Lake

The changes to the erupting Kilauea volcano in 2018 are both unpredictable and full of color along with collapsing crater walls, explosions, earthquakes and lava fissures and flows. This song sings to all of that as well as some of its metaphors for all of us in life’s crazy adventures.

David Elias and Charlie Naztke created this composition at Slipperworld.net in La Honda, Calif. It is the work of the duo recording all tracks then mixed by Charlie and mastered by David. Hoy Hoy.

See the video on YouTube Here: youtu.be/cRBXwj0fcbg

The song and video went online at YouTube a couple years back. Now you can get the Free audio download (use $0.00 price) and streaming on Bandcamp:

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Changing Down – by David Elias

See my cup go flowing
See my cup go running over
See my cup go flowing down

See my colors changing
See my red go into white
See my colors changing down

More than this I can’t say how
Everything else changing
There’s still a light above your brow
Everything else changing down

See the rest I’m taking
Rest comes easy outside harm’s way
See the rest I’m taking down

See the walls they’re closing
Close to this I can’t say how
See the walls they’re closing down

More than this I can’t say how
Everything else changing
There’s still a light above your brow
Everything else changing down

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Released July 11, 2018
Words and Music by David Elias – all rights reserved worldwide

David Elias: acoustic guitar, vocals
Charlie Natzke: guitars, bass, drum tracks, vocals
Recorded and Mixed by Charlie, Slipperworld.net
Mastered and Produced by David Elias, www.davidelias.com
Cover photo and graphic by David Elias, © 2018

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Birthday Song, Take 4 – free download

Sometimes less is more.

The bare bones approach to writing and playing acoustic with a guitar, voice and harmonica. Sometimes less is more. You can hear it or download for $0.00 if you like.

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/birthday-song-take-4

The bare bones approach to writing and playing acoustic with a guitar, voice and harmonica. Sometimes less is more.

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birthday song, take 4
– by david elias

It never really was too far
Not that you could get there in an automobile
Then again it wasn’t near
Not to mention disappearing clear anyhow
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone

You feel a little worse for wear
And a little longer in the tooth, my friend
You keep a watch with a soldier’s stare
Ends the song that lingered in your youth too long
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone

Cavalier in the cavalcade
These events will creep up on to pass you by
Happiest of happy days
The woodman watches from his roadside
And sighs

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released July 11, 2018
Written and Performed by David Elias
Acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocal
davidelias.com

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“The Ghost of Tom Joad” – free audio download and streaming

Download the video soundtrack of Springsteen cover in any format:
https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/the-ghost-of-tom-joad-free-download

Cover of Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Ghost of Tom Joad”. Recorded Live in the San Gregorio General Store in 2004 just a couple hours up Hwy 1 from Steinbeck’s Cannery Roy in Monterey. Graphic background created from photo of Montara State Beach on the same Hwy 1 near Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Video is here: https://youtu.be/GkChOc1jWqo

David Elias YouTube video channel is here:
http://youtube.com/davideliasvideo

released July 7, 2018
David Elias: acoustic, vocal, harmonica
Charlie Nazke: guitar
Chris Kee: upright bass

Recorded live in the San Gregorio General Store
Produced by David Elias
davidelias.com

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2 new songs for download on bandcamp – you can get them free right now

Song for Tom Petty, written in Oct. 2017 and now finally mastered. Can be downloaded as lossless CD 16/44.1 at https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/an-empty-seat-tom-petty-1950-2017 — full preview is there as well. Enter any price/cost for the track you like or $0.00 to get it free for now. Happy Independence.
You can see the video on YouTube with this soundtrack at: https://youtu.be/_ZSbNyjlIBA

Written and recorded on Oct. 7, 2017
This song comes from the “Illegal Copy #2” bootleg recorded live in the San Gregorio General Store in 2002 with The Great Unknown band. It is now being released as an MQA single on TIDAL and other lossless streaming sites supporting MQA. You can download the 16/44.1 MQA single master from bandcamp at:
Enter any price/cost for the track you like or $0.00 to get it free for now. Happy Independence. “The Toll Road” tells a story about independence through its central outlaw character. It is something we can all choose to pursue, whatever the consequences.

"The Toll Road" from "Illegal Copy #2" MQA CD format 16/44.1
In my listening to MQA for the past couple years, I’ve found that the biggest gains in sound improvement actually come from regular CD resolution (16/44.1k) rather than hi-res. The improvement is overall more natural and real sounding, less edgy and compressed sounding. Logical justification for this may exist from the known fact that the brick wall filter applied to CDs at 20kHz is a very steep filter and therefore imparts the largest amount of pre-ringing echo in the resulting master (ie, the CD without MQA).
MQA essentially removes this ringing so the spatial orientation of the sound identified and located by our ears instrument by instrument is more realistic and less confusing to the brain. It sounds better because it’s easier to listen to.
That’s my take on it at least as well as my direct experience through comparisons over the past 2.5 years. (Note: DSD doesn’t start with this same problem so we are not comparing MQA to DSD here, just MQA PCM to non-MQA PCM.)
It is less confusing to the brain so it is more relaxing to listen to due to its more natural, less edgy/compressed sound. This is exactly what I hear with MQA on PCM masters, but more so on CD rather than say 24/96 or 24/192k masters where the filter without MQA is not so steep so the ringing is not as exaggerated and problematic to our hearing.

Audioengine Feature Artist – Free Song

David Elias Featured on AudioEngineUSA-3

https://audioengineusa.com/…/free-song-download-david-elias/

I’m being featured as Audioengine’s independent artist this month (May!).

Help yourself to the free song download of mine they are offering.

If you are looking for computer audio or Bluetooth active wireless speakers, the Audioengine HD3’s just received a 2018 Editor’s Choice from PCMag. Lots of high quality and good sounding wired and wireless solutions have been coming from Audioengineusa.com for many years now. If you’re looking, check them out too.

Aloha!

~ DE

Earth Day 2018 – Blue Planet

Happy Earth Day 2018. It’s the 20-yr. anniversary of my “Blue Planet” release on disc. I am giving it to you free today 4-22-2018 as an MQA master you can play on any player or smartphone. You can download the 5-tracks free or just stream them here:

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/…/the-blue-planet-mqa-ep-ma…

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I play all the instruments on the record, except brother Calvin joined me on mandolin and singing on the title “Blue Planet” song.

To download for free, enter $0.00 as the price. If you download today, you can then stream forever from the web page. Install the free Bandcamp app if you don’t have one or stream from a browser.

Happy Earth Day with Aloha!
– DE

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What MQA Can Do For A CD

I resisted CD when it was new and media-ized as the best and cleanest sounding thing. It sounded like it was in a straight jacket to me. I didn’t think that was clean. I thought it was chopped up and edgy. I liked vinyl and cassette. A lot. I never replaced my LP collection which was in the thousands with CDs. I bought CDs here and there to listen to stuff in the car but all the good stuff stayed in crates in various places.

Fast-Slow Forward 30 years (I kid you not) and I get to hear MQA with 16/44.1 CD Masters. Holy Shit. Finally something that sounds good in good old 16/44.1 Redbook. There are no hi-res masters for these (and millions of others), there are only CD masters. They sounded ok and forgivable when they were made but MQA let out the angels that were being kept inside.

I could go on and on with technical garbledy gook about filters and time smearing and, no, not rearing children, but other stuff but I won’t. I’ll stop with the angels thing. It’s a new moon, all is well.

Listen to a free MQA CD Master song download I have. Get it in the original FLAC format (use the dropdown option where it might say MP3 and change to FLAC) or any other lossless format Bandcamp offers (ALAC, AIF, WAV).

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/you-never-know-mqa-2

Put in the price of $0.00 and you get it free.

 

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This song was recorded as an acoustic trio, with me on guitar, Scott Beynon on electric bass and Ken Owen on drums. My New Orleans bouzouki hellacious singer friend Beth dubbed that kind of ensemble Heavy Wood. Yes it was and was my best shot at my Tonight’s The Night sound. Recorded to DSD originally but only mastered for CD on the “Rare To Go” disc and then encoded as MQA.

You can play it on any digital audio player you have including your phone or tablet or computer. If you have an MQA DAC, or BlueOS or other player in your setup it will decode and sound even better but I’m hoping you listen to it either way.

Aloha to all.
~ DE

PS – the photo I took on the CD cover is of the 2 largest mountains on the planet, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. One is the largest mountain mass of any single mountain (more cubic meters, bigger than the entire Cascade or Sierra Nevada ranges), the other is the tallest rising from the ocean floor where it begins, far beyond Everest and the rest.

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4 MQA Songs to Try (1 Free) – CD to Hi-Res

Introducing you to MQA with 4 songs.

UPDATED Jan 18, 2017
These 4 songs now download for $4. There is 1 free track available
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Here is how MQA Ltd. described me in their newsletter this week (emphasis is mine):

MQA Artist Release
Sound quality has been a driving motivation for singer-songwriter David Elias since he started recording his music digitally more than 20 years ago. On listening to some of his earliest recordings encoded with MQA, David noted, “The original intention and sounds are much more accurately represented [with MQA] and are therefore much, much more enjoyable to listen to. The convenience of MQA’s smaller file size is an additional no-brainer.” 

This paragraph says a lot for me because I’ve lived with CD and its problems with sound quality as long as everyone else. In fact I had no CDs long after many did, sticking to vinyl and even my own mix tape cassettes (analog ruled) for years after the CD deluge. It sounded better. I liked album covers. What can I say.

I broke my teeth on CD quality recording in 1995 making my first CD in a home studio setup. I recorded to Hi-8 Video Tape at 16/48 on an 8-track Tascam DA-88. I’d recorded myself at times on various tape machines and a few digital boxes for almost 20 years but this was much different.

I listened to a lot of everything I put on tape through that whole process of recording, mixing analog (lengend original Mackie 1202!) to 16/44.1 (Sony TCD-10 DAT) and then mastered on a DyaxisII Workstation. It sounded good and in fact better in the studio than on the final CD that was printed.

Those early CDs and many later recordings were either created or converted to PCM to be moved online one way or another. All my released songs are on YouTube Music now for example, as audio, as well as lots of other places, like 50 or more. The more they travel in the Etherspace the worse they sound generally.  They get downsampled and converted into whatever suits the retailer or streaming radio like Pandora (one of my least favorites for sound quality).

But shoots, I want to get heard…otherwise I wouldn’t put music I write out there in the first place.

Enter MQA… I started listening to it in February on hi-res converted music from 2L in Norway. Classical works. I knew some of them from 10+ years prior as SACDs I had actually been given by Morten Lindberg there. 2L put MQA converted masters (DXD conversions which are PCM at 24/352.8) online to try as well as other hi-res formats. I was using a Meridian Explorer2 MQA DAC connected to my Dell Windows 10 notebook running the latest JRiver.

All I can say is I didn’t hear anything I didn’t like, and in some cases heard some things I really really liked.

So I started listening to other MQA encoded tracks. MQA is not a new audio format. It is still linear PCM, just has its own corrections (aka filtering) applied to the encoding of the music.

 What I started paying attention to more and more and hearing more and more were the timing coherence corrections in the playback. What PCM has always done to my ears, along with countless others, is present a very sharp unnatural edge to the sound that can get worse for me the louder or harder the music is played. It doesn’t flow like vinyl, cassette, or DSD. Usually it kind of attacks quickly, then disappears. It’s not relaxing, let me put it that way.

MQA encoded tracks I listened to had lost much of that sharp attack, no decay characteristic. They were well presented and much easier to listen to. They positioned things more clearly in the stereo space noticeably including the front and back locations in addition to left and right. The soundstage was then more 2 dimensional with depth as well as 3 dimensional with up and down.

This listening started with a lot of music I didn’t know, yet I was happy to listen to it with open ears so to speak.

Over the next few months, I decided I wanted to hear some of my PCM recordings as MQA and started making inquiries as to how I might do that. In the end, I became an MQA artist partner and have converted my catalog and archives to MQA encoded PCM.

I’ve actually had most of my catalog online as PCM on the Bandcamp site (http://davidelias.bandcamp.com) as CD quality up to 24/88.2 for a couple years now. Now most of that has been updated to download in the smaller FLAC or ALAC MQA encoded files.

Overall, MQA sounded better to me than any CD or hi-res PCM master I had. It doesn’t need much more proof to me. I have read a lot about the “what it is” and “why it works” to understand that better, but after my intro through reading and some YouTubes, I just started listening a lot. I still am.

What About The 4 Songs…  The first album on the page at the link above is a free download. You can also stream it as much as you want. Bandcamp lets you download songs in a variety of formats. The default is MP3.  Don’t download it as MP3! 

MQA requires what’s called a lossless format — The 4 big lossless formats being used out there are the original WAV (PC) and AIF (Mac) and their file (not audio) compressed counterparts FLAC (PC) and ALAC (Mac).  Choose one of those when you download from anywhere no matter what the site or music! It is not missing some of its music from the original like MP3!

FLAC and ALAC are roughly 1/2 the size of WAV and AIF. They sound identical and are better at carrying the magic metadata or tags that include all the song and album info for the media player to display when playing the track.

MP3 and Apple’s AAC use math to remove audio data in an original CD or hi-res audio master to make it a much smaller file (in general about 1/10th the size). That was the strategy from the beginning when everyone was dialing up the Internet on modems. It made sense then as one didn’t want to stay online for hours or days to download an album. Apple cemented that approach since iTunes Store came online in 2004. How long will that go on? As long as people buy it I guess.

 Excuse Me, What About The 4 Songs…  Ok, I have a lot of MQA encoded music I am really kind of hearing for the first time myself. This includes both very good and some not so great recordings (like live public hall stuff through a single $99 Sony stereo mic to DAT).

Most of it got created as a PCM recording. The MQA encoded versions of these tracks changed how they sound to me and took me a lot closer to the original performance whether was studio or live stage. It sounds more like the sound in the room at the time and what was played and I am relaxed when I listen to it because of that.

Go here and try 4 songs at 3 different PCM resolutions, all encoded as MQA

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/album/mqa-track-sampler-any-player-works-1-free-track

If I went into too much detail this email might get long :)

Here’s the (short) not so fine print:

1) If you have an MQA DAC you can hear the full resolution up to 24/352.8 or the limits of your MQA DAC.

2) If you don’t have an MQA DAC you can just play it anyway at 16/44.1, 24/44.1 or 24/48 depending on source track

3) If you get an MQA DAC later (or the media players do it for you) you’ll hear the hi-res then

 The song audio resolutions range from CD (16/44.1) hi-res (24/96) to DXD (24/352.8). They are all only about as big as a CD file to download (about 700MB), maybe a little bigger.

CD’s sound better as MQA to me with or without the MQA DAC gear. You can just play them. I’ve had different people tell me the same thing about my stuff. So far I have heard its biggest benefits on the lowest res recordings. I might even know why.

If you have questions you can reply to this email, it just comes to me…I hope you try downloading the tracks. If you have an MQA DAC, don’t stream them, download them!

Thanks For Listening!

DE
http://www.davidelias-mqa.com (MQA Downloads)
http://www.davidelias.com/dsd_downloads (DSD Downloads)
http://youtube.com/davideliasvideo

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..

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