Coffeehouse Playlist #1

COFFEEHOUSE MQA PLAYLIST #1
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Collection of audiophile quality tracks
(hi-res for MQA) written by David Elias

"David Elias, good music, wonderful recordings.  If anything has convinced me DSD is worth listening to its Morning Light/Western Town by him which was a free sampler download that I found astonishing. Super realistic electric guitar in the corner of my living room and bass to die for just brilliant" - DAYJAY, NaimAudio.com forum

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THIS DSD ORIGINAL MASTER HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO 24/352.8k MQA encoded PCM. It sounds wonderful playing on the CD (PCM) platform, quality well beyond any other conversion of DSD to PCM I've ever heard. It plays as 24/44.1 on any PC/MAC or other media player without MQA and still sounds very very good. With an MQA playback setup, these songs unfold to hi-res at 24/352.8k.  You can be the judge of the sound quality. My critical ears are saying yes. - David Elias

David Elias - Coffeehouse Playlist #1 - collection of some of the artist'best known tracks 1. The Old King
2. Half An Hour Away
3. Rodeo On A Ridge
4. Mend My Mind
5. Close My Eyes
6. Morning Light / Western Town
7. Vision Of Her
8. Poor Polly
9. Aspen Rose

Plays on any gear or smartphone. MQA decodes to 24/352.8k. Download the PCM/MQA Masters!

Many fine things in life started and evolved from a coffeehouse. Some of the music from coffeehouses of the 60's remains in the air and through the ether today. I was influenced both then and now by many of those stark to warm images being generated at that time.

I soon enough found myself playing coffeehouse on acoustic at university in the mid-70's in the midwest. Then before I knew it the world had already changed several times and it was the mid-90's and I was thinking about again playing coffeehouse, this time in the SF Bay Area with many original songs I had written on acoustic.

Coffeehouse and acoustic had already come and gone in popular music but I still felt the influence and had in fact continued to live in its comfy waves through those rock-pop-disco-metal-grunge decades.

So coming back to the coffeehouse in the 90's was easy for me and I started approaching local coffeehouses with the idea of live music, usually on a weekend morning. I was soon playing at different places on the Hwy 1 coast and other spots in and around San Francisco.

At a similar time, independent home studio recording was taking shape as was the Internet in HTML browser form. In 1994 I started working on a home recording project of my originals. Inspiration and gear were fueled by Gus Skinas and Roger Powell.

The result was "Lost in the Green" as a 100% DIY CD that got played on radio stations ranging from Santa Cruz to Hong Kong. The idea for LITG was to deliver a coffeehouse experience on CD to anyone interested. At the same time, MP3 versions of the tracks were getting uploaded over 33k and 56k modems by me and downloaded at the same speeds by other musicians, DJ's and listeners.  This was 1995.

The world changed quite a few times again and it seemed to be turning faster.

In 1999 and 2000 I started listening to a new digital recording format called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) that was being developed as an archive format by Sony and Philips. This alternative to analog tape was needed to preserve the master library of recordings to date. I was astounded by what I was hearing from the get go as transfers from master tapes to DSD on a prototype workstation.

Shortly after that I was experimenting with a bare bones 3-mic, 2-track, no mixer direct recording to DSD with Gus at Wind Over The Earth in Boulder. It was just me and a guitar and 3 of owner Mickey Houlihan's excellent mic's plus preamp. Stark images. Undeniably accurate and honest.

From there the coffeehouse feel and incentive stayed alive and well through a number of DSD projects starting with "The Window" SACD release in 2004. As equipment and costs continue to work their inverse magic, the power of DSD recording is now (suddenly?) a home studio and field reality. The same is true for playback of this beautifully natural sounding media. Gone is the box around the sound. The image is as live and fragrant as roasted Ka'u coffee.

So here is my own work from various hi-res releases since those beginning years in High Resolution Audio (HRA). With Rev9 I have created my Coffeehouse DSD Playlist #1 as a recognition of long trails of roots to some very fine sources of inspiration and art.

THIS DSD MASTER HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO 24/352.8k MQA encoded PCM. It sounds wonderful on the CD platform, well beyond any other conversion of DSD to PCM I've heard. It plays as 24/44.1 on any PC/MAC or other media player without MQA and still sounds very very good.


Mahalo Nui Loa to all of those inspirations and guides.

Aloha!
- DE
 

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