'Dotty Ditties, Volume 2(!)'

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Individual Song Breakdowns


About the EP:

After the vocal session for ‘Midnight Acolyte’, I took a solid six months off from vocal practice for various reasons. After I had set a date for the ‘Fall and Response’ vocal tracking session with both Gabriel and Sacha, I began to shed again, and just as before (with DD1), a cornucopia of vocal ideas began to flood my mind.


1. Wishing Well
2. Hoc Quoque Manebit
3. Redrum
4. I Quit (Dither and Waffle)
5. Losing Ground
6. Tanya Pith

 · Travis Orbin - Drum set, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Santoor, Synthesizer, Programming, Vocals
 · Composed, Produced, Engineered, Edited, and Mixed by Travis Orbin
 · Lyrics by Travis Orbin
 · Mastered by Taylor Larson at MixWave Studios
 · Cover Art by Travis Orbin

Thank you to my fans, friends, associates, and family; especially my mother for her perpetual support and my neighbors for putting up with all of the racket. Also, thank you to my endorsements: Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth drumsticks, RTOM drum accessories, Vratim drum shoes, the Hi-Hat Razer, and E-Pad! Practice Pads.

Cover Art Construction

My original idea was to cast a beam from a flashlight under my face in the dark, with a sheet of notebook paper in front of me to further obscure myself. I got close to achieving what was in my head, but not close enough. My backup idea was to take multiple photos in various poses and blend them together with differing opacities. The result induces teh giggles, for the rather horror-movie-poster look certainly belies the opening track.


'Dotty Ditties, Volume 2(!)' Gear List:

“Wishing Well”
· 12”/16” Pearl Reference Pure tom-toms with Remo Vintage Emperor coated batters/Emperor clear resonants
· 4”x14” Pearl maple piccolo
· 20” Reference Pure bass drum with Powerstroke III coated batter/Ebony Powerstroke III ported resonant
Cymbals (from left to right, player’s perspective):
20" K Heavy Ride, 19" K Dark Thin Crash, custom hats (14" K Constantinople bottom (top) / 14" K Custom High Definition bottom (bottom)), 8” A Custom Splash, 6” A Custom Splash 13" A New Beat Hi-hats, 18” K Dark Thin Crash, 18" K Custom Special Dry China, 19” K China

“Hoc Quoque Manebit”
· same setup as “Wishing Well”, except with a 6.5”x14” Reference brass snare, and a regular ‘stack’ (14” A Custom EFX / 16” FX Oriental China “Trash”) in place of the 8” A Custom Splash, and a small ‘stack’ (8” FX Trashformer / 10” A Custom EFX) in place of the 6” A Custom Splash, and a 19” K Custom Hybrid Crash in place of the 18” K Dark Thin Crash

· same setup as “Hoc Quoque Manebit”, except with an 11” FX Oriental “Trash” Splash in place of the regular ‘stack’, and an 8” A Custom Splash in place of the small ‘stack’

“I Quit (Dither and Waffle)”
· same setup as “Redrum”, except with a 6.5”x14” Sensitone brass snare, and an 18” K Dark Thin Crash in place of the 19” K Custom Hybrid Crash, and 15” K Light Hi-hats in place of the custom hats

“Losing Ground”
· same setup as “I Quit (Dither and Waffle)”, except with an 8” A Custom Splash in place of the 11” FX Oriental “Trash” Splash

“Tanya Pith”
· same setup as “Hoc Quoque Manebit”, except with an 8” A Custom Splash in place of the small ‘stack’

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