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.
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An Empty Seat (for Tom Petty, 1950 – 2017)

Written and Recorded with Video created for Tom Petty, 1950-2017. He hasn’t left me at all. It was always like he was right there in the car with us. Not just on the radio or cassette or CD but he was with us too. A buddy in the car. Easy Peasy. I do miss you TP. Aloha and Namaste.
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an empty seat (for tom petty, 1950-2017)

get in the back seat
we’ll make room
headin up the street
a wasted afternoon
you wore your hair neat
but you never groomed
grew up in the south’s heat
you always kept your cool
now there’s a back seat
in this house of lights
now there’s an empty seat
in this house of lights
now there’s an empty seat
in this house of lights
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credits
released July 4, 2018
Words and Music by David Elias
Performed by David Elias
Mixed and Mastered by David Elias

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I also play and sing’s Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” anthem in a self-produced video recognizing his mentor’s greatness, with a humble ukelele passage recorded spontaneously at the time of his death announcement and woven into the final bars of the video:

youtu.be/FnrX8HatS-k.

For a limited time you can get the sountrack of this video “An Empty Seat” free as a download at https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/…/an-empty-seat-tom-petty-1… (enter $0.00 or any other amount as the charge when checking out.)

Late To The Party – Apologies and 50%

Still Here Still Here Still Here.

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Lots happening here lately as many of you know with an erupting volcano. Above the ground lava has been flowing. Below the ground lots of unrest and shaking going on (300+ over Richter 1.5 on the Island this past 24-hours, many of those above 3.0).

So… I missed the Memorial Day party — hope everyone was safe and well off in spirit and health. Here’s a post party favor of 50% discount of anything I have (23+ titles) on Bandcamp.  All albums, singles, whatever you order until midnight UTC this Sunday June 3rd.

Go here: http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

On checkout use this Discount Code in the popup:  Remember50

That should do it for the discount. Hoping for the best for all especially here on the Orchid Island these days. 

Take care y’all,

~ DE

Storewide 15% at NativeDSD.com

NativeDSD StoreWide Sale May 2018

Check out NativeDSD’s 15% Storewide Sale on DSD Masters! Only happens twice a year….

My DSD catalog on NativeDSD with both stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound DSD Masters is here: http://skettisandwich.nativedsd.com

Use Checkout Code: MAY15

They have over 1300 DSD Masters now all 15% off:
http://nativedsd.com

Happy listening!

~ DE

“Rare To Go” – 50% Off Download with Streaming

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/…/rare-to-go-december-solst…

Use Discount Code: RARE50 on checkout.
Get 50% off!

 

“Rare to Go” is an album story of a working band through songs recorded. It tracks through both careful and casual work done in the studio, recording some hi-res multitrack, some session rehearsals recorded to a simple pair of mics in the room, as well as stage performances. The last song is written and played on ukelele.

It gives you the up close feel for what it’s like to work with fellow musicians on getting it right. The songs are all stories in themselves…Download it for 50% off. Unlimited streaming with purchase.

Plays on any software player or smartphone as an MQA master. Sounds better than CD on any player with or without MQA decoding — you’ll be surprised.

Note: lossless download is improved sound quality over the streaming previews!

 

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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It’s Getting Green Up Over

It’s Getting Green Up Over.

Spring is still working above the equator, gotta be thankful there. Along with new budding leaves and flowers the interest in MQA as a great way to deliver CD quallity and hi-res PCM to ears via downloads or streaming or CDs continues to grow as well.

Right now you can try a pristine acoustic recording originally mastered as native DSD, and since converted to DXD and encoded as MQA for downloads. It plays on any music player!

If you have an MQA decoder it can unfold the hi-res to 24/352.8kHz. The original master was encoded for MQA by MQA Ltd. as FLAC. The audio files are small and download fast.

Go here to get the 50% off Acoustic Trio….Album of the Week!

Use the code AcousticTrio50 on checkout to get the 50% off.

Have a Happy Spring and thanks for Listening!

~ DE