Category Archives: Hi-Rez

Spring Price Break ~ DE MQA Catalog of Downloads are now all 25%+ Off

New Prices Online for MQA/Hi-Res/CD downloads…
 
 
21 albums, EPs and singles ranging from CD master to DXD (24/352.8) as folded MQA encoded PCM now range in price up to just $19.95 for the DXD masters.
 
There are some free downloads here as well as announced earlier.
 
All of the MQA masters can be played on *any* software media player or iPhone/Android. They sound good that way, much better than CD to my ears every time. I’m not alone in that conclusion of course.
 
The benefit of the MQA encoding corrects time smearing also known as pre- and post-ringing effects in the recording. This is an artifact of most PCM recordings without MQA.
 
The result is a much more natural sounding playback, easier on the ears and a lot nicer to listen to. All my masters benefited from this including early CD releases (dating 20+ years ago) and more recent DSD masters converted to PCM then encoded as MQA by MQA Ltd.
 
If you have an MQA DAC the hi-res albums/tracks above 20kHz get unfolded and played in their full resolution up to 352.8kHz. Yes they do sound better but the DAC can be added anytime and you still enjoy very high quality recordings with the gear and software you have today.
 
I have listened to all the DXD masters without unfolding (no MQA DAC), and am always pleased and surprised by the sound quality, even without MQA decoding.
 
I like MQA because it provides that easy to play approach, no matter what. You can even burn these to a CD and play them in your car too. It supports lossless streaming in low bandwidth with full resolution on the playback end. Quite amazing. TIDAL is offering this now if you are interested.
 
If you download from my site at http://davidelias-mqa.com just be sure to choose a Bandcamp PCM format that is lossless. It should be one or more of these: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIF. Most things play ALAC including Apple and these are much smaller files than AIF. FLAC is similarly smaller than WAV for PC.
 
Remember too that if you buy online at Bandcamp, you get access to the songs from your computer or Smartphone forever in addition to being able to download as often as you need to in whatever format you want. NOTE: Streaming from Bandcamp today does not support MQA decoding! It may in the future if/when BC provides lossless streaming. I find it to be quite good anyway.
 
One final note regarding BlueSound and some NAD player users. It appears that most of the BlueSound players I’ve been made aware of by listeners require the downloaded audio files to be renamed such that they end with “.mqa” (no quotes of course). This allows the player to properly identify MQA audio files and decode them correctly.
 
Email me from my web contact page if you have any questions about MQA, I’ll do my best to help clarify.
 
It will be Spring any day now. Plant something if you can…
Aloha!
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DVD Data Discs to the Hi-Res Audio Download Rescue

More for some less for others…

If you don’t want to read this and just want to check it out:

http://davidelias.com/dsd_on_dvd_data_discs/


Many of us including me started downloading MP3 music online in the mid 90’s. It sucked then. We used 33k or then advanced 56k modems over telephone dialup lines. This means we were getting our audio file data at the rates of 4.2KB, or 7.2KB per second.

Everything about download or transfer speed today is measured in either MB/s or even GB/s.  An MB/s is 1000 times faster than a KB/s.  A GB/s is 1,000,000 times faster than a KB/s.  I feel old.

Songs in MP3 format were then and are still often 1MB data per minute of music. So a 4 minute song (4MB data) took anywhere from say 16 minutes to maybe 10 minutes top speed to download…. zzzz …. zzzz ….. zzzz ……  one song, not one album.

A CD version of that same song as a WAV or AIF off the disc took about 10 times as long to download!  Now you see why MP3 was so popular even though it didn’t sound great, and why iTunes took advantage of that when they opened their store for downloads in 2004.

(Oops I forgot to mention that by 2004 there was plenty of Cable Modem and DSL and other much much faster internet to the home, but Apple and everyone else was used to MP3 crappy lossy quality by then….so no one adapted to the fact that good quality was also pretty easy to download. Then FLAC format came along and compressed the WAV file size by around half without loss of any music info. Still no one disrupted the money machine called iTunes, even when they made their own FLAC and called it ALAC and could have delivered CD quality back then no problem and no cost.)

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Fast Forward to 2009. I started offering DSD downloads of my SACDs to mostly the owners of Sony Playstation3’s since most of the SACD players of that day could not play what was called a DSD Disc (data disc with DSD files) as defined by Sony then.

The DSD Disc was literally a DVD data disc burned with the DSD song files (as DSF types with tags or DFF without tags) in a specific folder hierarchy that allowed players of the day to read the data files and play the music.  It broke the mold Sony had created for watermarked copy protection on SACD. You still couldn’t rip SACDs (one can today with the right gear and software).

No one came…

Well a few did, but even though Internet was overall speedy by then (cable modem download speed in Hilo in 2009 was about 650KB/s) it still was not mainstream or always easy to download the large ISO image (to burn the DVD with) for many out there.

My download then was a single 2GB image (zipped ISO file) to burn a DVD disc with to play the audio files on something, either on your computer or on the DVD Disc playing in your Playstation3 or  special Sony or Onkyo SACD players that handled DSD Disc as well as SACD.

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Rapid Forward to 2017 when Hilo’s Time Warner Cable Modem in some people’s homes breaks the speed meter on speedtest.net at 20MB/s and above as high as maybe 26MB/s.

So while it is easy for some to download hi-res audio, it’s not easy for others. Lots of others. Worldwide. In fact 5 miles up the road from Hilo here in East Hawaii many people may not even be able to get cable modems from Time Warner and so use a much slower and costlier satellite confiugration. If they are in the forest blocking the satellite option and more than a few miles from the nearest telephone wire center (for DSL), forget about it.

By 2011 I moved away from the DSD Disc (ISO) format and just started offering to download the DSF files from my website. Then in 2013 a number of retailers came online to offer DSD downloads and that was great.

Nothing against large file downloads (I guess averages of my stereo DSD files are somewhere around 200MB per song and multichannel maybe 500 per song) but a lot of people around the world and in the US still have trouble with this today. Those files can be hard to retrieve and they take up a lot of space if you have a lot of music. (And they are hard to fit more than a small number into your smartphone.)

Problems often come from slow or interrupted Internet links, confusion on what to even do with files once they are downloaded, or combinations of other things like Safari browsers that insert .TXT file extensions on downloaded files because the server they got the (DSD) file from (like Dropbox) does not properly identify the MIME type for .DSF and .DFF music files.

Aren’t you sorry you asked?

It’s enough to … … … …. ………

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A few years ago I thought I’d offer to make downloads and their problems go away for those not interested in the challenge but who wanted the music. So I provided a way to purchase the music as a little USB stick I would then mail to you. You get the USB stick, put it in your computer or BDP player and get right to it.

No one came….

Today I am offering a similar thing but this time using DVD discs as data.

http://davidelias.com/dsd_on_dvd_data_discs/

These are just the same kind of good quality DVD discs anyone could burn files to off their PC/Mac for either video or just data. A blank single layer (SL), single sided disc has a 4.7 GB capacity. A double layer (DL) has twice that or 8.5GB. My multichannel SACDs require either 2 SL DVDs or 1 DL DVD.

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Why would I do that you ask?

If you don’t like downloading large files but want to listen to the excellent qualities of DSD as the native source format for the hi-res recordings I have released, you might try buying the DVD version and just getting it in the mail.

The sound files are 100% identical to what is online for download. They are the same as what is/was on the SACDs for that matter. Many of my DSD titles were never SACD. These are now all available on DVD disc as well, not just as downloads.

You just pop the DVD into your OPPO or Sony or other Blu-ray/SACD/DVD/CD player (aka BDP for Blu-ray Disc Player) and select Music from from the menu.  On my OPPO 103 this is the first icon after the disc (audio CD/video DVD) icon and is called “Music”.

The DVD will then show up on your screen as a “Data Disc” choice (as opposed to, say “USB”).  Selecting the Data Disc media then shows the album song list just as it would from a CD or SACD.

Click on a song, play and enjoy. It continues to play songs from there to the end of the list like any CD/SACD.

If you like (and highly suggested by me), just copy the original DVD data to your computer or any backup media you use. In other words, back it up when it’s brand new. No DRM – if you don’t know what that means, good on you.

You can also play the files on your computer from your software media player through your DAC as DoP like any other DSD download. Just put the disc in the computer CD/DVD drive (just a CD drive won’t work) and select those files from your media player software (JRiver, Amarra, Audirvana….).  They then play DSD through your external DSD DAC (Mytek, iFi Audio, OPPO….).

DSD on DVD Data Discs. Hope this helps.

Questions about DVD Data Discs? Post a reply and I’ll answer you best I can.

Aloha!

~ DE
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The MQA Revolution – Once in a lifetime?

“MQA is a revolution that comes along once in a lifetime.” – Robert Hartley, TAS, July 2015

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/art…/beyond-high-resolution/

Since CES 2017 a week ago a lot of people have become a lot more curious about MQA.

I started reading a lot of detail about MQA in the latter part of 2015. I started listening to it in Feb. 2016 with a Meridian Explorer2 MQA DAC.

I became an MQA Ltd. content/artist partner a few months after that and released my first MQA titles as DXD (24/352.8) encoded with MQA and folded to 24/44.1 in June 2016.

I now have at least 20 CD to hi-res MQA master titles, mostly albums online at http://davidelias-mqa.com for preview and download. MQA sound quality has allowed me to release many things I’ve had in my back catalog as wonderfully natural sounding acoustic recordings. So yes, the way they were intended.

It was the PCM solution to good sound I had been looking for with a very tiny footprint to boot for downloading and hopefully streaming someday (like today). It didn’t replace DSD for me, it fixed PCM.

While a lot has been written about MQA in the past 18 months, I’ve found much of it to be highly politicized and not even always reported correctly.

I find that this article written by Robert Hartley a year an a half ago still serves as one of the best concise (not complete as he states) summaries of what is behind MQA sonically, not politically.

Hearing MQA is still what many have yet to do. But this article helps clearly explain “what” it is, not “why” it is.

I’m no expert no doubt but here’s something I can wholly suggest reading if you are seeking a better understanding of the MQA machinery finally at work in the market today.

If you are on TIDAL’s free trial or paid subscription and want to hear 2 excellent acoustic albums that have been with me my whole life, try James Taylor’s “Mud Slide Slim” and Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”. This was 1970 if I remember right.

These two albums in my history with popular music were the very sparks of what went on to define what became the “singer-songwriter” genre some 25 years later.

JT’s master on TIDAL unfolds streaming to 24/192 with an MQA DAC (TIDAL player in passthrough mode) and sounds fantastic. Again if I remember right, “Blue” unfolds to 24/96. Just a truly amazing singer and her guitar or piano or dulcimer.

Aloha!

MQA – When Two Faced Is A Whole

I’ve come to think of MQA as two completely different faces in one container. This appears to be fully misunderstood by many.

On one hand MQA is a time coherence correction tool that makes quantum leaps in restoring the ambient synchronization of frequency and location arrival of sound to the listener. It does this with both analog recording ADC and playback DAC knowledge applied to remove pre- and post-ringing echoes that typically create huge miscues to the listener’s ear on what was played when, and from where in the room on the recording. These miscues are cause for endless fatiguing analysis and corrections done by the human ear which is monumentally sensitive to timing and location, much more so than to pitch (frequency) itself.

The other face (unrelated entirely) of MQA is its ingenious methods of folding hi-res recordings (up to 24/384kHz) to nothing greater than 24/48kHz in any lossless PCM format including the popular file compressed formats of FLAC (PC) and ALAC (Mac). This allows the full spectrum of sound and air/harmonics to be restored on playback by MQA enabled DACs using little more than, or even less than 1mbps bandwidth on transport and delivery to the DAC.

Folding is 100% lossless with regard to the noise floor in the recording. No ambiguities there whatsoever. The fast (compressed) delivery of the data reduces the time and space required to allow quick and easy transport over Internet for downloads or streaming as well as on standard CD capacity disks. This is almost 20x smaller than the data/bandwidth footprint of a WAV or AIF hi-res PCM download at 24/384k and the popular DXD (24/352.8k). The latter monstrous file sizes prohibit downloads for almost everyone and streaming is not possible at all. MQA solves this problem with 100% bit perfect accuracy in a package almost 20 times smaller on delivery.

So MQA’s two-faced solution restores an edgeless natural enjoyable ambient sound to PCM masters at any resolution by removing brickwall filter imposed edges as time smearing. And MQA delivers in a package (PCM format) that fully accommodates all known media requirements for users including (I hope!) future wireless lossless full resolution transmissions.

All this is done with full portability by the user to any and all media devices for playback including non-MQA equipment. CD ripping and format conversions (e.g., between FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIF) can be done by anyone at anytime with the full preservation of the MQA encoding. Royalties are paid by the sources (record labels, MQA compatible equipment mfgs, streaming services) not unlike CD, Dolby, DTS, and many other popular digital audio technologies used by the recording and film industries for many decades.

What’s not to like?
– DE,  http://davidelias-mqa.com

$7 Hi-Res Album Download – Lucky Labor Day Sale…Aloha Lester

Lucky $7 Sale – Aloha to Lester…

We were quite lucky in Hawaii this Labor Day weekend with the oncoming Cat 4 hurricane Lester (2nd approaching in consecutive weekends) when it chose (with Pele’s urging) to move north and bypass all islands. Here it is as of this morning. Bad ass!

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I have a Lucky $7 album download price on all of my hi-res albums that are now encoded as PCM using MQA to improve the PCM sound quality as well as reduce the size of the files you download.

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Here’s the deal – When you buy any of these album downloads online at http://davidelias-mqa.com you can checkout using the “code name” below to get 70% off. That will adjust the price of the album to $7.

 David Elias - Labor Day 2016 $7 Hi-Res Album Download Sale

These are all hi-res! If you have an MQA DAC today it will unfold the Studio Authenticated MQA hi-res audio above 24/44.1 (up to 352.8kHz) and play it.

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If you don’t have a MQA DAC today, you can still play these great sounding recordings on any player you have (iTunes, smartphone, JRiver, Audirvana, Amarra, foobar2000). If you get the MQA DAC later or it becomes available in the player you are using later (based on whoever makes the media player adopting MQA) it will unfold the hi-res at that time.

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Either way, you can download the albums for $7 now until midnight (UTC which is Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday September 6th.

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Use the code above (like: labor2016sampler) for the album you are buying and it will discount the price by 70% which will be $7.

$7 Sale Labor Day - David Elias Hi-Res album download

You can checkout using a credit card or PayPal account, both are secure encrypted by PayPal.

 (“Name Your Price” is an option as well, up to you or leave blank to keep price at $7.)

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When it comes to actually downloading the files make sure you choose one of these formats (click the dropdown arrow to see all the choices on download): FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV.

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I recommend FLAC which is the original master uploaded. MQA works fine in the 3 other lossless formats as well but keeping it as FLAC is the simplest I’ve found in a few cases.  Bandcamp lets you down any or all of the formats it offers so you can try more than one. If you want an MP3 copy for your phone or whatever that’s ok too, just be aware it won’t play as MQA authenticated.

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The other nice thing here is that Bandcamp allows you to stream the albums you buy forever after from the website page — or download their smartphone app (iPhone/Android).

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Mahalo to All and Happy Holiday – anywhere you go, you always take the weather :)

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~ DE

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(questions reply to this message and I get it, no one else does)

Getting Back to the Source…Back in the room with MQA

The stereo mixes I’ve done for everything always use “the room” in the mix which is usually largely based on 2 or more rear wall mics capturing those reflections at “the source” (ie the wall) as well as high up (ie, the ceiling).

So I mix the stereo as well as multichannel using those tracks (2 stereo or sometimes 3 with 1 mono). In that way I avoid having to use artificial reverb and delay which is so commonly used (both analog and digital versions of these) in studios that most engineers/producers don’t think twice about it.

By using ambient sound in the mix to bring back the natural reverb and delay (slapback sounds from the wall vs the stage) I can recreate a very authentic reproduction that has nothing artificial added.  Just EQ and panning (right and left) during the mix to restore the original sounds and locations in the room.

I started doing this on my own on my very first CD in 1995 (Lost in the Green). I went on to record several other CDs in that fashion through 2001 with Half An Hour Away which I recorded myself in an acoustically beautiful small performance theater in Half Moon Bay on the SF Coast on Hwy 1. Me and my trio at the time (Gary on flute/tenor sax, Lisa on mandolin) played live in the otherwise empty hall for about 4 hours one afternoon with (local fan) director Michael’s permission.  I had mics in the audience front rows as well as back at the high seats in the rear wall row. I mixed the 8 total tracks to stereo analog and printed it.

Within a year or two I was planning and then recording “The Window” to DSD in a fancy studio in Boulder using the same approach. They (local engineers) said I couldn’t do it and shouldn’t try — putting all musicians in the same room without isolation (no real traps between musicians!) and creating the live session with as few mics as possible in the room. But I said we should try it just to see what happened so they shrugged and said ok……..  rest is good history for me :)

I think (my ears tell me) that MQA is exactly what was needed to round out the edges imposed by PCM which is how I recorded and mastered those original CDs. It is the coup de gras for returning the original ambient sound characteristics of the room and performance.

– DE

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

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.

DSD and MP3 Download

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