‘Dotty Ditties, Volume 3(*) *A Collection’



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Individual Song Breakdowns

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About the record:

In January of 2022, I set out to record a song with a heightened, specific skill set, which required a period of nearly three weeks to develop. I was also noodling around on the bass guitar more often than usual at the end of my days; I had been gradually amassing a bounty of riffs ever since the writing session for Midnight Acolyte. One day, the chorus for “Somnambulists Agree…” popped into my head, and combined with a surplus of the aforementioned bass riffs and other ideas, DD3 was born within that three-week period. I had always planned on grouping it with volumes 1 and 2, as well as the “Misinterpreting Movies Theme”, as those works were previous available only in the digital realm.
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Credits

1. Misinterpreting Movies Theme
2. Ladio Radio
3. PSA
4. Phoneship
5. Break Through Glass
6. First Class Magazines
7. Eat Something
8. Wishing Well
9. Hoc Quoque Manebit
10. Redrum
11. I Quit (Dither and Waffle)
12. Losing Ground
13. Tanya Pith
14. Somnambulists Agree…
15. Just an Honest Straight Shooter
16. Utterance of an Atman
17. Saprogenic Greetings
18. Proletariat Blues

 · Travis Orbin - Drum set, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Santoor, Synthesizer, Programming, Vocals
 · Sinha Fürbeck - Guest vocals on 3
 · Sophia Uddin - 7-String Electric Violin on 14
 · Mary Voutsas - Piano on 14, 18
 · Ben Vize - Saxophone on 16
 · Minou Alirezazadeh - Guest vocals on 17
 · 7-string electric violin engineered by Gabriel Riccio at his home studio
 · Sinha and Ben engineered themselves at their respective home studios
 · Minou also self-engineered at KK Rec. / Kollektiv K e.V / Germany
 · Piano engineered by Blaine Misner of Cue Recording Studios
 · Vocal editing and/or co-production on 1, 2, 6, 16 by Gabriel Riccio
 · Composed, Produced, and Mixed by Travis Orbin
 · Lyrics by Travis Orbin
 · Mastered by Taylor Larson at MixWave Studios
 · Cover Art by Kimberly Oxford

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, and E-Pad! Practice Pads.
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Cover Art Construction

After I had purchased a megaphone (and subsequently used it on “Somnambulists Agree…”), I believe the concept came to me. Continuing the trend of obscuring my face, it’s quite a simple layout. I wanted an overly ‘vintage’/grainy photo aesthetic, and approached Kimberly with the idea, as I knew she also practiced photography. She recommended processing it similarly to a tintype photo. We met at her place, set up a black sheet and posed, and she did the rest. After, I proffered her the option of handling the title, and during our correspondence I had the idea of it mimicking embossed gold. She brought this all out beautifully!

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‘Dotty Ditties, Volume 3(*) *A Collection’ Gear List:

For the gear used on DD1 and DD2, click here, and here.

“Somnambulists Agree…”
· 12”/16” Reference Pure tom-toms with Remo Vintage Emperor coated batters/Emperor clear resonants
· 6.5”x14” Reference brass snare drum with Controlled Sound X/Ambassador Hazy snare side
· 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, 15” Light Hi-hats, 8” A Custom Splash, small ‘stack’ (8” FX Trashformer / 10” A Custom EFX), 13" A New Beat Hi-hats, 18” K Dark Thin Crash, 18" K Custom Special Dry China, 19” K China

“Just an Honest Straight Shooter”
· same setup as “Somnambulists Agree…”, except with a 6” A Custom Splash in place of the small ‘stack’, custom hats (14" K Constantinople bottom (top) / 14" K Custom High Definition bottom (bottom)) in place of the 15” K Light Hi-hats, and a 19” K Custom Hybrid Crash in place of the 18” K Dark Thin

“Utterance of an Atman”
· same setup as “Somnambulists Agree…”, except with an 11” FX Oriental “Trash” Splash in place of the 8” A Custom Splash, an 8” A Custom Splash in place of the small ‘stack’, custom hats (14" K Constantinople bottom (top) / 14" K Custom High Definition bottom (bottom)) in place of the 15” K Light Hi-hats, and a 21” K Heavy Ride in place of the 20” K Heavy Ride

“Saprogenic Greetings”
· live drum samples, made with 4”x14” maple piccolo snare, same bass drum played with Vic Firth VicKick fleece-covered beater, 13” A New Beat Hi-Hats
· electro drum samples made with Teenage Engineering PO-12
· live drum setup same as “Somnambulists Agree…”, except with a 6.5”x14” Sensitone brass snare (with a Black X batter head) in place of Reference brass, and only an 11” FX Oriental “Trash” Splash

“Proletariat Blues”
· same setup as “Somnambulists Agree…”, except with a 6.5”x14” Sensitone brass snare (with a Black X batter head) in place of Reference brass
· bass drum played with Vic Firth VicKick fleece-covered beater
Cymbals (from left to right, player’s perspective):
22” K Constantinople Renaissance Ride, 19” K Dark Thin Crash, 15” K Light Hi-hats


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