Blue Coast Records Announces 96K Downloads Available 3 Hours After Performance

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Blue Coast Records (an audiophile music group known for the Ultimate in Recording Quality) recorded, uploaded and distributed worldwide two live performances by Keith Greeninger (winner of the Telluride Songwriter Contest), Chris Kee (bassist with Houston Jones), and Brain (drummer from Guns N Roses). Produced by Cookie Marenco, one of the designers of the E.S.E. recording technique, these performances offer the high end listener access to live music in a high resolution format.

On April 9, 2009, Blue Coast Artists Keith Greeninger & Chris Kee were joined by world-class drummer Brain for a one-time only performance and live recording at the request of Blue Coast Records' producer and founder, Cookie Marenco.

Some of you know Brain's incredible drumming skills from his work with Primus, Tom Waits, Buckethead, Guns N' Roses and many others. Keith Greeninger's familiar voice is heard in the lead-off track on the Blue Coast Collection. Keith was the winner of the Telluride Festival Songwriter Competition and is well known in the troubadour touring circles. Chris Kee, also featured on the Blue Coast Collection, is playing acoustic bass. Chris plays bass on Jane Selkye's Blue Coast Collection pieces, though recently he's becoming known for his work with Houston Jones and Peter Rowan.

The recordings took place at OTR Studios, homebase for Marenco. In house IT specialist and General Manager for OTR, Patrick O'Connor, handled all the details for creating the site, uploading and backend support. Tim Jones, house engineer at OTR Studios, assisted Marenco with the E.S.E. setup. E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment) is the proprietary technique created by Marenco and Jean Claude Reynaud for use with Blue Coast Recordings.

The music was recorded to 2" analog tape and mixed to the Sonoma Systems DSD (direct stream digital). From the DSD, the music was transferred to 96K and 44.1 .wav files for uncompressed downloads. The full song can be streamed at 128kbps mp3 quality. "These are big files, but not as big as DSD, which we are hoping to release soon," says Marenco. "The DSD sounds the closest to tape, in my opinion."

Response to the high resolution downloads has been remarkable. commented on the event calling it "one of the coolest releases so far in 2009". Fans are choosing the 96K download 8 out of 10 times. Plans are in the works to release the Blue Coast Collection, the flagship recording, for 96K downloads before the end of the month.

Marenco adds, "The recording with Keith, Brain and Chris was a tremendous success on a musical level as well. Considering the musicians had never met prior to the session, let alone played together, this is a remarkable achievement. We are planning on another live session before Brain leaves to tour with Guns N Roses and Keith and Chris have their summer festivals."

Other guests in attendance were Ed Martin, Andy Gilbert, Merl Saunders Jr, Mike Newman, Anne Vrolyk, and Scott Thompson. Blue Coast offers special thanks to Andrew Doyle and Mike Howle assistants at OTR who helped but were not at the event.

From Recording to Worldwide Distribution within 3 hours... AMAZING!

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