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conversation / Re: So what's up?
« Last post by Jon Sonnenberg on December 12, 2019, 09:04:22 AM »
this forum goes in waves.  I think that there will be more activity when I finally finish 'Death of Conversation'.  which is nearly complete.  I have been toying with putting a teaser track up on Bandcamp, but I think that I will just wait until I do a few more "process in writing a song: series".
travelogue / Re: 15 years of Imaginary Hospitals!
« Last post by 30N 3NN1X on August 30, 2019, 09:21:58 AM »
oddly enough, not even realizing the anniversary for this, i too just listened to imaginary hospitals yesterday after a very long hiatus from it.
almost all of my music was lost in a move 5 years ago, so i listen to a lot of stuff via youtube these days, rather than going through the process of collecting it all over again.

i've pretty much worn this disc out for myself from listening to it so many times, but my favorite songs off the album are probably "d.o.a.", "you and i", and "ideal life".
i especially like how ideal life stops abruptly and then finishes up.
at the time i first got the disc i copied it along with some other travelogue material onto cassette tape and would go into another song when ideal life did that pause, then after the song ended i would pick ideal life back up where it fades in.
i can no longer recall what song i put in the middle now, but it worked nicely in the middle.

i have no issue with commodity, i think it works well for a starting track.
the video/lyrics for "sumner street" still make me think it's about identity theft, especially with the numbers popping up on screen resembling social security digits, on a side note i once got lost driving around and happened to look at the street sign to find i was on sumner street :P, thanx for creeping me out jon.
travelogue / Re: 15 years of Imaginary Hospitals!
« Last post by FloydienSlip on June 10, 2019, 11:22:20 PM »
I'll go ahead and second Jon on "D.O.A."; it's one of my favorites off the record too, though I do have a strange love for "Channel 37."
conversation / Re: So what's up?
« Last post by FloydienSlip on June 10, 2019, 10:28:42 PM »
I'm new to this board, but I've been a fan of Jon's music since 2015.

I'm doing all right, though, now that I'm finally out of school for good.
house of wires / pivot clowj / Re: Something came in the mail today...
« Last post by 30N 3NN1X on April 29, 2019, 11:37:43 AM »
i haven't had physical copies of any of Jon's works since 2014, due to having to leave stuff behind from a move.
all i have still is "the art of conversation" and "the noise is only temporary".
conversation / Re: So what's up?
« Last post by 30N 3NN1X on April 29, 2019, 11:24:41 AM »
so i post stuff about showing up more, and then i don't check back in for a long time.


doing alright, it's weird how we all like totally abandoned this place, it used to be so active here around the time the prometheus project was releasing.
travelogue / Re: 15 years of Imaginary Hospitals!
« Last post by Stephen on April 28, 2019, 06:42:09 PM »
Thanks Jon!  :)
travelogue / Re: 15 years of Imaginary Hospitals!
« Last post by Jon Sonnenberg on April 24, 2019, 10:08:50 AM »
Ha!  15 years!.  There are several things about Imaginary Hospitals that stand out to me.

The tracks that hold the theme together are "hospital", "channel 37", and "operation", all about my then recent visit to a Hospital and the rooms, feelings, sounds, and experience. "Hospital" was especially telling with all of the beeps and alerts that inspired the main sequence.

I had a computer hard drive crash in the middle of recording this album.  Much of the music was recorded but the lyrics and final mixes had not been done.  I wasn't backing up my data at the time, which was a mistake, and I had to recreate everything half way through.  I remember that there were a couple of sounds - mostly on "Commodity" and "Hospital" that in my mind were not as good as the original sounds.  I don't have any recording of what they sounded like before though or else I would have tried to find a way to sample those parts into the songs. 

This was the first album that I had recorded entirely on computer.  previous albums were either done on reel to reel, ADAT, or a combination of those with some computer enhancement or additional tracks added - like 'Art of Conversation' was recorded onto ADAT, the transfered to the computer and vocals and additional sounds were added in the computer.

At the time, I was using programs like Cool Edit Pro, Fruity Loops, and Samplitude.  After the crash, I made the switch to Protools and continued with PT ever since.  There were some things in Samplitude that I thought were easier to do, not that Protools can't do them, but they are not as intuitive and easily done - things like pitch shifting audio - was much easier to do in Samplitude at the time. 

"DOA" might be one of my favorite tracks on the record.  "You and I" is a close second.  I always preferred my mix from the Hospital single over the album mix - often the live mix was based around the single version with some added sounds and different rhythms.

I remember playing 'Commodity' for a good friend of mine when the album was finished.  He had been (and still is) a big fan of my music.  For some reason, that song never gelled with him and he claimed it was the worst song I had ever written.  He didn't think the song was interesting, hated the sounds, and didn't like the lyrics.  I don't mind honesty and understand that different people have different opinions.  Sometimes criticism helps us mold what we make into something better.  In this case, it certainly did not phase me because I liked the sounds and insisted that it was great the way it was - and I still liked it enough to put it as the opening track on the album.

I always do better with criticism that is like "I think that the vocals are too loud" or "you should add more character to the snare".  Statements like "I don't like that sound" doesn't mean as much to me because preference is such a personal thing.  I can't tell someone to like or not like something.  they just will - which is the reason that even though I respect my friend and his opinion, it did not affect the way I presented the album or that particular song.
conversation / Re: Who still visits?
« Last post by Stephen on April 20, 2019, 06:15:11 PM »
I just visited today. Talking with Zoe (the admin) about sprucing up the place a little.
channel 37 / New track with Jon Sonnenberg
« Last post by Stephen on April 20, 2019, 06:13:07 PM »
I Want You

Music and Lyrics by
Jerry Mackey

Performed and arranged by
Jeff D. MacKey
with Jon Sonnenberg

From a forthcoming EP

Can't wait until this EP! This is an interesting track!
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