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REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM | LIVE AT SEAPROG 2013


l to r: John Reagan, Ron Rutherford, John Hagelbarger, Alicia Rinehart


l to r: Synesthesia Trio (Jackie Robins, Alicia Rinehart, Alicia DeJoie), Ryan Hankins

Dissonati - Live at Seaprog 2013

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Recorded at the Columbia City Theater on June 30, 2013

Recorded by Gary Mula
Produced by John Reagan
Mixed by Christian Heilman
Mastered by Steve Turnidge
Photography by Danette Davis
String Arrangements by Alicia Rinehart


1. Senescence (Rutherford) 6:57
Ron Rutherford, guitar and vocals
John Hagelbarger, keyboards
Alicia Rinehart, bass
John Reagan, drums

2. Can You Hear Me? (Rutherford) 10:16
Ron Rutherford, guitar and vocals
John Hagelbarger, keyboards
Alicia Rinehart, bass
John Reagan, drums and vocals

3. Age of Foeces (Hagelbarger) 4:06
John Hagelbarger, keyboards and vocals
Ron Rutherford, guitar
Alicia Rinehart, bass
John Reagan, drums

4. We Don't Know What We Don't Know (Hagelbarger, Reagan, Rinehart, Rutherford) 4:22
Ron Rutherford, guitar
John Hagelbarger, flute
Alicia Rinehart, bass
John Reagan, drums

5. Middle Man (Rutherford) 5:57
Ron Rutherford, guitar and vocals
John Hagelbarger, keyboards
Alicia Rinehart, bass
John Reagan, drums

6. Side Two Part 1 (Hagelbarger) 5:17
John Hagelbarger, keyboards and vocals
Ron Rutherford, guitar
Ryan Hankins, bass
John Reagan, drums

7. The Sleeper (Rutherford) 12:35
Ron Rutherford, guitar and vocals
John Hagelbarger, keyboards and flute
Ryan Hankins, bass
John Reagan, drums
Alicia DeJoie, violin
Alicia Rinehart, viola
Jackie Robins, cello

8. Driver (Rutherford) 5:45
Ron Rutherford, guitar and vocals
John Hagelbarger, keyboards, flute and vocals
Ryan Hankins, bass
John Reagan, drums
Alicia DeJoie, violin
Alicia Rinehart, viola
Jackie Robins, cello


Notes about Live at Seaprog 2013 by John Reagan

Originally, we had no intention of releasing this recording, the only decent audio from our short series of shows in the Seattle area during the summer of 2013. It seemed time to put this material behind us and start working on the next album.

But as is the way with bands, things started going sideways. After recording about 10 minutes of drum and keyboard parts, things changed as they always do and now the band is on hiatus. Again.

This left me at loose ends. I had been excited about the new recording. It seemed to me to be a step forward in recording quality and creative songwriting and energy. I wanted to keep going.

So I dug out these recordings and gave them a listen. They had issues. The band had played with energy, and it was very cool that we added the string trio on the last two tracks. Some performances were sloppy, and some of the recordings were, um, challenging. My digital sampler was not recorded at all. Volume levels early in the recording changed abruptly. We lost the entire first verse of Side Two when the recording equipment was inadvertently turned off. But worst of all, one of John's keyboards had a ground problem, layering a 60-cycle hum over the entire recording. This wasn't going to be easy.

I went back to the recording team who did such a masterful job on our first album, reductio ad absurdum, to help me sonically prepare these recordings. Christian Heilman collaborated closely with me to mix the songs and tolerated my perfectionism as I came back to each mixing session with a long list of notes. Somehow, despite my constant tweaking, he was able to make the performances sound consistently energetic throughout. Then Steve Turnidge worked is mastering magic, especially removing the keyboard hum while maintaining the live room sound.  The resulting recordings sounded fantastic.

What's next for Dissonati? Another album is still in the works, featuring John Hagelbarger's Magnum Opus, the first part of which can be heard here as "Side Two", and other Dissonati recording side projects are also taking shape. The story continues.


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