KAJE sets new standard with first full-length release – Canada’s first independent DVD-Audio disc is set to hit the shelves on August 17th. The self-titled debut album from Toronto electronic producer KAJE is a DVD-Audio/CD double package and will set a new standard for the delivery of music by presenting the album in multiple formats. Included in the package is a DVD-Audio disc featuring high-resolution surround sound music, bonus features and downloadable AAC files for devices like Apple’s iPod, as well as a bonus CD for conventional playback.
“The surround mixes are definitely cutting edge, but if you don’t have a 5.1 set-up or even a DVD player, then you can still enjoy the music on CD or on your iPod”, says Jed Harper, VP Production of 3Bone Audio. “In today’s market, it’s important to give consumers choice as well as added value content.”
KAJE’s DVD-Audio disc was nominated at the 2nd Annual Surround Music Awards in Dec. 2003 (Beverly Hills, CA) for “Most-Adventurous Mix” and “The Horizon Award” against artists like Pink Floyd, Beck and the Insane Clown Posse.
“Surround sound is the next wave of the future. I knew it from the moment I heard it, because they’re already doing movies so why not do music in surround sound. It gives a whole different space to the music. In real life we hear sounds in three dimensions, and this is the only way to really hear music in three dimensions”, says KAJE.
KAJE is one of North America’s most respected electronic music producers. He released the classic remix to M-1’s ‘Electronic Funk’ in 2000, leading to remixes for Ginuwine and Ennio Morricone and his own smash single ‘Bitch!’ under the name Ramon Acuzar. His latest production credits include ‘No More Dating DJs’ (produced with Nick Holder) feat. Jemeni, which has recently been remixed by the legendary Pete Rock, as well as a remix, again with Nick Holder, of Andrea Britton’s ‘On My Mind’.
Taking off from the popular DVD-Video name, DVD-Audio is the new format for music. Acting as a possible saviour to the music industry, DVD-Audio offers more than what you would get from the regular CD, not to mention added copy protection. Highlighted by 5.1 uncompressed surround sound music, DVD-Audio discs utilize 96kHz sampling rates and 24-bit recording techniques to present a new listening experience that is far superior to CD or even DVD-Video.
Playable on all players featuring the DVD logo, DVD-Audio can be enjoyed as a listening experience alone or in conjunction with a TV to access visual content. Like DVD-Video discs, DVD-Audio features video, menu screens and value added content. They are also backward compatible to stereo and can support the Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 compressed formats.
“The great thing about DVD-Audio is that artists don’t need to hide behind the production of their albums any longer. Surround sound, video content, interviews, pictures, art, lyrics and biographies provide new outlets of creativity for the artists and most importantly a closer look into the music for the fans,” says Jared Golberg, VP Creative of 3Bone Audio.