David Chesky’s The Excommunication Mass and The Audiophile Society Record Label

Grammy nominated Composer & Pianist David Chesky is a busy man. I would suggest he’s a restless soul, minus any negative connotations some may feel travels with that notion.

Lets first talk about Chesky’s new venture — The Audiophile Society record label. From the press release:

The Audiophile Society is the brainchild of composer, pianist, and audio pioneer David Chesky. The new label will focus on bringing even more realistic three-dimensional recordings to market with their Meta-Dimensional Sound, The Audiophile Society’s name for their unique two-channel 3D audio that can play on all existing two-channel stereo, while showcasing emerging artists working in a multitude of genres. The ultimate goal of The Audiophile Society is to change the way you hear music.

“These recordings are compatible with your home and portable systems and can be played back on anyone’s home speaker system or headphones without the need for buying any other audio equipment. Our Meta-Dimensional audio is more than some application. It is a process that is thought out from the ground up on each recording,” says David. “When you hear our new Audiophile Society recordings on speakers, you should feel like you are in the space with the musicians. The sound of our music is not stuck to the speaker grills like a normal recording but should float up before you. You should experience a sense of height and a wider and deeper soundstage. It should be a more enveloping realistic experience.

Of course 3D audio is nothing new, but Chesky has been traveling down this path for many years making the The Audiophile Society the culmination of that work. Each Audiophile Society release includes mixes for speaker and headphone listening and are offered in two formats: The Hi-Res PCM Package (which includes a 192/24 speaker mix, a 96/24 headphone mix, & a DSD speaker mix) or The DSD & 48/24 Package (which includes a DSD speaker mix, a DSD headphone mix, a 48/24 speaker mix, and a 48/24 headphone mix), all in Meta-Dimensional Sound.

If you adhere to the proof is in the listening approach, The Audiophile Society offers a free sampler download for your meta-dimensional listening pleasure.

The upcoming Audiophile Society release, The Excommunication Mass, is the product of another aspect of Chesky’s creative work. Recorded in Meta-Dimensional Sound, the Mass features J’Nai Bridges, Brandie Inez Sutton, Hugo Moreno, and The Orchestra & Choir of the 21st Century joined together to share Chesky’s contemporary take on an age-old tradition.

David Chesky is working within an ongoing tradition of tradition-breaking – call it iconoclasm – in his Excommunication Mass, an eight-movement work that takes aim at the violence visited upon members of the LGBTQ community, both memorializing those who have been slain in anti-gay and anti-trans violence, and offering both consolation and strength to their survivors and the community as a whole.

Strictly speaking, the work is not a liturgical Mass by any conventional definition. You won’t find any of the five movements of the Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei), let alone the Propers (hymns and prayers dictated by the liturgical calendar). Instead, Chesky offers his own English texts that decry the cruelty of prejudice, celebrate love as an extension of divinity, and demand the destruction of the walls that divide us, walls that have often been built in the name of religion. If the traditional Mass is an expression of communion among the adherents to a specific creed, the Excommunication Mass argues for a more inclusive communion that embraces those who have, as Chesky says, “been excommunicated from religion and society in most parts of the world.”

Powerful words and ideas.

At present, there are two full-length albums recorded in Meta-Dimensional Sound available from the label’s website, with The Excommunication Mass joining them on April 29th, 2022.

Label Website: The Audiophile Society website.