Dissonati - Live at Seaprog 2013
Recorded at the Columbia City Theater on June 30, 2013
Recorded by Gary Mula
1. Senescence (Rutherford) 6:57
2. Can You Hear Me? (Rutherford) 10:16
3. Age of Foeces (Hagelbarger) 4:06
4. We Don't Know What We Don't Know (Hagelbarger, Reagan, Rinehart, Rutherford)
5. Middle Man (Rutherford) 5:57
6. Side Two Part 1 (Hagelbarger) 5:17
7. The Sleeper (Rutherford) 12:35
8. Driver (Rutherford) 5:45
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.