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2012 Head-Fi Holiday Gift Guide (Don't Forget the Music)

Chesky Releases Three New Binaural Albums in 2012!



In the last guide, we covered the Chesky Records binaural album released earlier this year called Dr. Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic, And Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show! Since then, Chesky Records and HDtracks.com have already released two more binaural albums (both using Chesky's Binaural+ technology).


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Sessions from the 17th Ward by Amber Rubarth.


This album by singer-songwriter Amber Rubarth has grown into one of my favorites this year. It started for me when David Chesky sent me a few preview recordings to listen to.


I told David I couldn't get over how beautiful the performance was of "Storms Are on the Ocean," and asked who it was. He told me it was Amber Rubarth, and I felt like I'd stepped on a spike at that moment, as I had a chance to be at that recording session, but was unable make it. I could have heard that live.


The Carter Family's version of the song is, of course, a classic, sung in old 20's Carter Family folk style--there's no substitute. But Amber's version is so sweet, delicately lilting through the song, where the Carters set straight through it. I can't think of that song anymore without thinking of Amber's version.


So, no, I wasn't able to make it to Amber Rubarth's recording session for this album. But I've been to the Hirsch Center with Chesky, and heard him and his team faithfully capture the magic of performances there, using high-res binaural recording techniques. So I know when I cue up Sessions from the 17th Ward and close my eyes, they've put me right there in the her recording session, sonically, even though I was unable to make it there in person.


The rest of this album, a fetching mix of covers and originals, is also superb. Sure, sometimes I feel like I'm hearing wisps of Alison Krauss here, and strands of Emmylou there; but Amber's tone, her phrasing...she's truly an original, she's her own thing.


I hope Chesky has her down for more albums. I'd be thrilled to hear more of Ms. Rubarth in binaural. And if that happens, I'll do everything I can to actually be there for the recording sessions next time.


Click here to listen to the album's sample tracks. And when you decide to buy it, use the discount code amberhf20 to get it for 20% off.


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Dreams of New Orleans by Wycliffe Gordon


Wow! What more fun way is there to charge the acoustic at Hirsch Center than with a trip back in time to a rousing romp in pre-1920's New Orleans? This music sounds like an attempt to get as much rip-roarin' sauced merrymaking in before the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act pushed that kind of fun underground.


I just picked up this album a day or two before the time of this writing, so I'll just say this about it after only one listen through it: If this album doesn't make you smile from ear to ear, if it doesn't get your feet tapping, or your body shaking or swaying, then have someone nearby check your pulse.


Click here to listen to sample tracks from Wycliffe Gordon's latest album, the third Binaural+ album from Chesky Records released this year. Use the discount code wycliffehf20 to get this one for 20% off.





Please Support the Chesky Records Binaural+ Projects


David Chesky and his team want to record more albums, in many more genres, using their constantly improving Binaural+ techniques and technologies; but it's a project that absolutely needs this community's support. Please help keep these projects coming by buying the Chesky Records Binaural+ albums on HDtracks.com as they're released.


To read more about Chesky Records and their first binaural project (which explains more about binaural recordings and how they can place the listener in the performance space), please click here.



Comments (33)

I love the Amber Rubarth album!
Binaural... guess it's time to try :D
Resistance to Chesky is futile
HDTracks is great
The Amber Rubarth album is my first foray into Binaural recordings. I've only had time for 5 or so minutes worth. So far, the technology is cool, and really seems to expand the sound stage, though perhaps a bit artificially? So far, I like it. Also my first listen to Amber Rubarth - I like her music also! Definitely worth the $15 or so for the 24/96 download with the 20% off code.
I just listened to Amber Rubarth's album.
A gift is normally free, I thought it was going to be free *sigh*
Sorry, these last 2 are not my cup of tea -- music type wise. However, I loved and still love the 1st 2 albums!!! Please Cheskey keep them coming! Would love some more orchestral stuff, movie soundtracks or some glitchy electronic music!
It's not a good idea if you're advertising a binaural recording and on the main picture of the banner advert of Amber Rubarth has her singing into a dynamic microphone. But I guess it worked because I was so confused I had to click on the banner :P
It is a pity HDTracks is only available in the US. No buy then :(
i want Power metal music in FLAC, where to get some? reggae and Metal? where?
@Pruikki, you'll have a hard time finding high-resolution albums for Metal and Reggae (except some Bob Marley), but you can get FLAC format from any CD.
I've always love Chesky Records recording artists. Especially those released on gold audiophile CD.
@ Oliver :) ...I'm in Canada and I just downloaded 2 recordings... Not just US.
How to download if in Canada? The country selection does not allow anything other than the US. Paypal work?
I just looked and I guess I didn't get around to fiiling out my profile details so I just downloaded and paid with paypal. No problem. Not sure why it worked... ignorance I guess. I'm not going to bother to fill out my profile though in case I get shut down. I never did get the free trial email though.
I see. Thanks.
I just downloaded another no problem. Add to cart and checkout with paypal.
The promotional code must have expired as it doesn't work today January 1, 2013.
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