Slipper DSD Sessions- And The Bit Goes On... (2014)

Elias

David Elias

Ken Owen, Charlie Natzke, Scott Beynon, Chris Kee

Slipperworld is the studio in La Honda, California where owner and friend Charlie Natzke lives and works. It is in what I and others refer to as a Banana Belt which is nestled in the redwoods down from the ridge of the San Mateo hills separating the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and Bay side from the Coast side. Nearly needless to say, it's very quiet and very scenic. The location is between the more windy rainy hills up top and the more chilly foggy coast below so hence the very sunny and warm “banana” middle ground. Over a period of years Charlie and I shared a lot of music adventures together. Gigging every month if not weekly we were also spending time at Slipperworld (www.slipperworld.net) rehearsing and recording. We may have shared a beer or two up there as well... By the way, slippers at Slipperworld are offered to all from a big box at the door. In Hawaii, slippers (pidgin: slippah) are a way of life. People on the mainland call them flip-flops.

The songs on this collection “Slipper DSD Sessions” represent a small sample of the types of music I have done at Slipperworld. An 8-track Sonoma DSD workstation with Meitner/EMM Labs DAC and ADC units were setup courtesy of Gus Skinas (www.superaudiocenter.com). A simplified recording mecca!
I hope you enjoy listening to some of the nuances of native DSD recording done in a small open room without any isolation (except an umbrella over the drum kit) and without any overdubs. Songs here range from the very quiet solo to the energetic acoustic trio and electric quartet band takes. Charlie did all the engineering as well as the analog board mixes back to DSD stereo on the Sonoma. I mastered these using Korg AudioGate software.
Many thanks as always to all those involved particularly Charlie (electric guitar, backing vocals, engineer), Chris Kee (upright bass), Scott Beynon (electric bass), Ken Owen (drums). I am always in awe of all of their abilities to both listen to and create music spontaneously.
To Gus, thank you again and again for all the inspiration and collaboration. To all DSD enthusiasts, thank you for supporting independent artists like myself and for helping to validate DSD as the most excellent natural analog like sounding HRA audio format for anyone to use for both recording and listening.

Mahalo Nui Loa and Aloha to All, - DE 

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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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Slipper DSD Sessions- And The Bit Goes On... (2014)

Elias

David Elias

Digital Converters:Meitner AD/DA
Mastering Engineer:Gus Skinas - Super Audio Center
Recording Software:Sonoma workstation
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64

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Miracles Take Time (Solo)
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Poor Polly
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White and Blue
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Silver Pen
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River Of Dreams
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Miracles Take Time (CasualTees)
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