*** PLEASE READ ***: The DSD Downloads for this album are available at www.davidelias.com
One of the recordings that made David Elias "Best Male Vocalist" on pure DSD download site www.NativeDSD.com
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, very quiet and very scenic. The location is between the more windy hills up top and the more foggy coast below so hence the very sunny and warm “banana” climate.
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...
The songs on this collection “Slipper DSD Sessions” represent a small sample of the types of music I was doing at Slipperworld during that period. An 8-track Sonoma DSD workstation with Meitner/EMM Labs DAC and ADC units were setup courtesy of Gus Skinas (www.superaudiocenter.com
). A recording mecca!
I hope you enjoy listening to some of the nuances of native DSD recording done in a small open room without isolation and without overdubs. Songs here range from the very quiet solo to the energetic acoustic band and electric 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 the Korg AudioGate software.
Many thanks as always to all those involved particularly Charlie (electric guitar, backing vocals, engineer), Chris Kee (upright bass), Ken Owen (drums), Scott Beynon (electric bass). I am always in awe of their abilities to both listen and create 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,
Native DSD tracks of mine and many, many others are available online here:
released January 1, 2014
All Songs Copyright by David Elias, All Rights Reserved, ASCAP
Produced and Arranged by David Elias
DXD Master from DSD (2016) by MQA Ltd., UK
Recorded and Mixed, DSD64 by Charlie Natzke, www.slipperworld.net
Mastered by David Elias
Cover photo by Treehouse Skye, www.volcanotreehouse.net
David Elias: acoustic, vocal, harmonica
Charlie Natzke: acoustic guitar, semi-electric guitar, vocal
Scott Beynon: electric bass, vocal
Ken Owen: drums