Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions (2013)

Elias

David Elias

DSD 512 Exclusive

This collection of original material from the independent acoustic singer-songwriter David Elias is a special organic, natural sounding set of pure DSD recordings created at the Slipperworld Studios in La Honda, California (www.slipperworld.net). These 14 tracks feature David Elias (acoustic/vocal/harmonica), Charlie Natzke (acoustic/vocal) and Chris Kee (upright bass, Blue Coast Records).

This Acoustic Trio session release was captured in the studio on a single day as a series of live takes without any edits or overdubs. It was recorded by Charlie Natzke to no more than 8 tracks directly to a Sonoma DSD Workstation using Meitner converters.

The essence of the performance is the ambient and acoustic nature of all the instruments and vocals including natural resonance, harmonics, decay, and microphone bleed and decay using minimal micing without any artificial or digital effects.

Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions was recorded on a sunny day among the redwoods with the windows open. The musicians recorded standing roughly arms length from each other in a small circle with no isolation. A pair of microphones were positioned overhead to capture a stereophonic image of "the room". This was used as the only source of natural reverb in the mix.

The songs were mixed as DSD using a Sony mixer card in the Sonoma workstation. These tracks have never left the original DSD format, even as analog conversions for mixing!

As a result, what you hear from these pure DSD master recordings are the natural live performances of the trio, as if you were standing or sitting with them in the studio during the session.

David Elias is a DSD and SACD pioneer. He self-produced the world's first hybrid 5.1 SACD "The Window" in 2002 and released it in 2003. It was a final nominee in the Surround Music Awards in Beverly Hills that year. His next stereo and 5.1 surround sound acoustic live session production "Crossing" had 3 final nominations at SMA in Beverly Hills including "Listener's Choice" and "Best Non-Orchestral Surround Mix". Stereophile magazine called this one "Extraordinary".

The songs on the "Acoustic Trio: DSD Sessions" disc are just as extraordinary. Perhaps more so since they are the live session tracks of a very simple trio consisting of 2 acoustic guitars, 2 voices and an upright bass. The beauty of acoustic is revealed in this elemental setting where the musicians just played and were recorded by the industry's state-of-the-art high resolution DSD workstation (Sonoma). The way to listen to honest music is with an honest recording. This is it...

 

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David Elias

David’s original work and contributions as a pioneer in the unsigned artist’s world of self-produced CD’s put him in front of the folk community nationally and worldwide at an early Internet age (1995). He achieved numerous and frequent #1 charting on various large musical web communities such as MP3.com, Besonic, SoundClick, Mixposure, and IndieHeart.com (currently #1 artist for most plays) as well as others.

Not restricting his exposure to online outlets (breaking ground with CD Baby in 1998 and eventually Amazon, iTunes and 50+ others) David also attracted the discriminate audiophile community as an innovator in hi-def 5.1 surround sound recordings (SACD’s “The Window”, 2003 and “Crossing”, 2005). This met with industry recognition for excellence, including the Brutus award from Positive Feedback Online for both SACD’s.

David’s songwriting achieved early recognition from the likes of Billboard magazine (honorable mention folk award in 1998) and hundreds of reviews and comments online from fans, musicians and industry professionals. He has been compared to many great songwriters ranging from Jim Croce to Nick Drake to Tom Petty to Dan Hicks to Arlo Guthrie to Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon, Dylan, Neil Young, among numerous others. His productions continue to be recognized for their outstanding articulation and impact, both lyrically, musically and sonically. He has indeed been referred to as both musician’s musician and a songwriter’s songwriter.

It is somewhat challenging to try to characterize the scope and impact of David’s work either chronologically or in a complete fashion. Working as an independent artist for 15 years, he has been part of the dawn of many new discoveries in music and DIY approaches to sustaining art. Performing in the vicinity of 1000 shows, give or take, since 1994 and teaming up with dozens of different casts of characters from the deep roots of the Irish and Scottish to the quietude or rants of Americana and folk to the eclectic, bluegrass, rock and pop realms of those such as Jane Siberry (Issa), Sally Van Meter, and Roger Powell, David has spun many homegrown musical tales for the environment, local education and businesses, benefits galore, art shows, fairs and festivals, warehouses and lofts, beach parties, pubs and eateries, music halls and local cafes not to mention his own 8 released recordings and endless other collaborations. Perhaps it is summarized best as one fan online wrote: “…music for the heart and soul”.

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Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions (2013)

Elias

David Elias

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"I've been an audiophile since before they even called it that. My love for music led me into things that allowed me to be involved with the industry in many other ways besides actually being a musician. First let me say you are one very talented musician. Aside from the recording the two downloads [Crossing, and Acoustic Trio] I bought were outstanding just thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. I love the soulful way you play the guitar and your lyrics are incredibly powerful. The unique thing is that there wasn't one song I didn't enjoy as much as the other. That's never happened to me before. I've always had 2 or 3 songs I like as opposed to everything else on the recordings I bought or listened to. I was really blown away! Every track had its own unique journey. I use the word journey because that's what it felt like. Each track seemed to take you on a journey ultimately yielding to an experience of its very own. The lyrics expressed through the music combined left me in a place of awe. Seriously each taking a hold of me leading on to a fulfilling emotional experience. Each unique and distinct from the other but always creating a hunger for more. I got to tell you I've been an audiophile for 40 years (I'm 65). Never have I enjoyed nor experienced from music what you were able to do and communicate through your heartfelt expressions. Well done! Congratulations.

Doug L

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"This was my first purchase of David's work [Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions] and there's not a track I don't love.. The lack of that PCM 'compressed' sound with the DSD recording and the 'Live' feel he manages to achieve make this an outstanding album. Outstanding! :)"

Simon B., Australia

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"Truly fantastic master, [Acoustic Trio] hints of the typical audiophile presence bump but nonetheless free of grain and exaggeration. After scouring hundreds of famous recordings these are one of the five albums I find truly worthy as a reference. Beautiful composition, effortless vocals, keep up the great work!"

Xiaorong Y.

    Positive Feedback -

What excellent compositions…exceptional performances…and rich, harmonic, organic sound, as natural and mellow via DSD as one could wish...10 stars...Love it, big time.

David Robinson

Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions (2013)

Elias

David Elias

Digital Converters: EMM Labs ADC 8
Mastering Engineer: Gus Skinas, Super Audio Center
Mastering Equipment: Sonoma DSD Workstation
Notes: The Acoustic Trio DSD Sessions were recorded live in the studio with minimal micing, no effects, no edits and no overdubs. Musicians were arranged in a tight circle facing each other at roughly arms lengths. The songs are presented in the original order as recorded to Sonoma using less than 8 tracks in less than 4 hours. The room was captured to 2 tracks and used as the natural reverb in the mix.
Producer: David Elias and Charlie Natzke
Recording Engineer: Charlie Natzke
Recording Location: Recorded Live to DSD at Slipperworld.net, La Honda, California on December 14, 2004
Recording Software: Sonoma DSD Workstation
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD

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Tracks.
1.
If I Had My Way
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2.
Ohlone Dream
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3.
Above The Creek
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4.
Crossing
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00:03:52   N/A
5.
Changing Down
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00:04:17   N/A
6.
Take Me Down The Road
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00:04:43   N/A
7.
The Riddle Song
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00:02:38   N/A
8.
Rodeo On The Ridge
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00:03:49   N/A
9.
Summer Wind
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00:05:49   N/A
10.
One More Savior
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00:05:06   N/A
11.
Good Old Days
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00:03:48   N/A
12.
Vision Of Her
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00:05:01   N/A
13.
Transcendental Deprivation Part II Straw Dream
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00:09:25   N/A
14.
Morning Light - Western Town
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00:06:11   N/A

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