Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Digital Release of 'The Noise is only Temporary'!

I am proud to announce that my album, 'The Noise is only Temporary' is now available on Bandcamp!

please check it out if you have not heard it before!  or if you have, please listen again :)

New Digital release of 'Fireworks'!


Bonus tracks include the 7" versions of Aside and Beside!

Originally released on vinyl in 2012 from Holiday Records.  The concept for this album was simple: make rhythm tracks from the most powerfully compelling sound I know of - the sound of fireworks - and write songs around these patterns.

Critics have called this album "beautifully crafted" and "an instant classic".  It has inspired artists to create and dreamers to dream.  Now it is your turn to be inspired.

Please give it a listen and hear for yourself!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

Thank you for reading my blog.  Please be sure to check out the Soundcloud links as well as the Youtube links.  Also, please note that my email was hijacked a few months ago - and although I immediately corrected this issue, I have been blacklisted by numerous entities, including gmail.  I have wanted to migrate over to my gmail account anyway, so please update your records and know that if you want to send me a personal email, I will be reading them on my old account, but not sending... whereas, I can read AND send from my gmail acount.  what is it?  you might ask...

art of travelogue, of course - but all one word and followed by the "at" sign and you know the rest.  :)

I have been very much obsessed with the idea of a hybrid instrument of strings and chimes.  I am experimenting with some things regarding this and will share if anything interesting comes out of it.

in the meantime, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

far between posts

I apologize for not posting much lately.  The fact is, there are lots of things that I would like to share...

The Roli Seaboard Rise49 has become one of my favorite controllers.  I haven't even gone beyond the software that it came with - I have plans of controlling my Emulator E4xt ultra with it, along with all analog synths through the Encore Expressionist.

In addition to this, I did get a Korg Monologue, which I have been using live and really enjoying. 

I have been working through various designs of a portativ organ.  I don't seem to get the action right.  Every time I put it together, it is either too hard to play, or the keys are getting stuck.  I have abandoned the piano size keyboard for small, round buttons - still in the same order and still in black and white - which are more direct to the springs and action in the wind chamber of the organ. Hopefully this fixes the problems with it and I can post videos soon.

I am pretty much done mixing Ronnie Martin's new Said Fantasy record.  He was over a few days ago to listen to what I had done and make some final decisions on details.  I am happy with it and I hope that his fans will like it too.

My album, 'the death of conversation', is closer and closer to being complete.  I really love the direction of this record and I think that fans of 'the noise is only temporary' will not be disappointed.

Finally, I am moving in a few months - across the same town, but to a new home.  I will have more space to spread out the studio - which I am terribly excited about.  I will try and post pictures of the process.

This all to say - I hope to get a lot finished before the move!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Show in Akron!

I will be performing at Thursdays Lounge in Akron, Ohio on November 4th.  Don't get confused about this: Thursdays is the club, but the show is happening on Friday night.  More details about the event can be found here:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Plastiq Musiq Record Label.

I am writing this to be informative.
I am writing this for clarification.

Although I speak and write a lot about equipment, electronics, and synthesizers, my first love is making music. 

Although it is satisfying to make an instrument and see how it sounds, it is WAY more interesting for me to fit an instrument into a song - and besides, most of the instruments that I am making fill a gap in the sound palette or sound arsenal that I call my studio.

I am a recording artist.  I work primarily under the name Travelogue.  It is not a thing of the past - I haven't changed focus to build instruments or speak at conventions...   I only continue to make instruments, record with them, learn about them, and speak about them because I am an artist.  My experiences as an artist and vast knowledge/obsession of electronic music make me qualified to speak at synthesizer and electronic music conventions, appear in movies about synths, co-host a podcast about synthesis, etc, etc. and not the other way around. 

I am writing this because I realized on my way home from Knobcon, I never really introduce myself as Jon Sonnenberg of the band Travelogue - It is always just Jon Sonnenberg.  Many people who get to know me as a speaker of synthesizers or builder of instruments might just think that I am another music educator or synth inventor.  I am not and that is not my focus.  I am still 100% a recording artist who likes to talk about the craft. 

I am very fortunate to have most of my catalog released under Plastiq Musiq.

Although Plastiq Musiq, or PQMQ, have changed ownership 4 times since the beginning and rise of the label, it is currently ran by 2 very close friends of mine, David Barnhart and Jacob Graham. 

Though the music industry has changed and is constantly changing, I wanted to publicly state that I love working with these friends on ideas and releases.  I appreciate their friendship and all the support that they continuously give me.  I am blown away by their friendship and kindness.

Thank you both!

I wanted to take this opportunity to point you to the PQMQ website where you can buy a lot of back catalog material and check out future releases:

Friday, September 9, 2016

I am speaking at Knobcon in Chicago this weekend!

Knobcon!  The convention dedicated to synthesizers:

Come out to Chicago for this annual event!  If you are interested in synthesizers or synthesis, you must check this out!