‘Dotty Ditties, Volume 5: Here Are Some More New Songs’


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Individual Song Breakdowns

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About the EP:

Composition for this one began in November of 2022, following a too-brief vacation in New Orleans. I had several bass riffs in the bank, along with some general ideas/concepts. I’d also purchased a 3-octave ‘desktop’ xylophone and sought to integrate it. I didn’t track the vocals—also knocking out the vocals for DD6 within the same two(ish)-week period—until May of the following year. I really challenged myself, overdubbing anywhere from one additional track to moments of nearly twenty voices. For this reason, I chose not to film the vocal portion for the YouTube stream of the EP. I had to do everything over ad nauseam until it was—or felt—right, anyway.
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Credits

1. Everything’s Tangled (And Made to Be Broken)
2. Arrow Slit
3. Frolicking in the Lava
4. Megalopsychia
5. 17 Jinns

 · Travis Orbin - Drum set, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Santoor, Synthesizer,
   Theremin, Xylophone, Programming, Vocals
 · Mary Voutsas - Piano on 3, 4
 · Ben Vize - Saxophone on 3
 · Piano engineered by Blaine Misner of Cue Recording Studios
 · Ben Vize self-engineered at his home studio
 · Composed, Produced, and Mixed by Travis Orbin
 · Lyrics by Travis Orbin
 · Saxophone solo on 3 by Ben Vize, comped by Travis Orbin
 · Mixed 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, and E-Pad! Practice Pads.
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Cover Art Construction

Resuming the theme of holding a cheap, homemade sign/title card while obscuring my face, I took a few pictures, severely distorted them with Glitché, played around with the color balance, and further manipulated the image until it felt disturbingly complete.

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‘Dotty Ditties, Volume 5: Here Are Some More New Songs’ Gear List:

“Everything’s Tangled (And Made to Be Broken)”
· 12”/16” Pearl Reference Pure tom-toms with Remo Vintage Emperor coated batters/Emperor clear resonants
· 6.5”x14” Pearl Sensitone brass snare drum with Controlled Sound X/Ambassador Hazy snare side
· 20” Pearl 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” K Light Hi-Hats, 11” FX Oriental “Trash” Splash, 8” A Custom Splash 13" A New Beat Hi-Hats, 18” K Dark Thin Crash, 18" K Custom Special Dry China, 19” K China
“Arrow Slit”
· Same drum setup as “Everything’s Tangled…” but with a Pearl Reference brass snare drum (Controlled Sound X/Ambassador Hazy snare side) instead of the Sensitone
Cymbals (from left to right, player’s perspective):
20" K Heavy Ride, 19" K Custom Hybrid Crash, 14” A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats, 11” FX Oriental “Trash” Splash, small ‘stack’ (8” FX Trashformer / 10” A Custom EFX), 13” A New Beat Hi-Hats, 18”—or quite possibly 17” for I cannot recall—A Custom Crash, 18" K Custom Special Dry China, 18” A Custom China
“Frolicking in the Lava”
· Same drum setup as “Arrow Slit”
· Same cymbal setup as “Everything’s Tangled…” except with custom hats (14" K Constantinople bottom (top) / 14" K Custom High Definition bottom (bottom)) in place of the K Lights, my regular ‘stack’ (14” A Custom EFX / 16” FX Oriental China “Trash”) in place of the FX Splash, and a 19” K Custom Hybrid Crash in place of the 18” K Dark Thin
“Megalopsychia”
· Same setup as “Everything’s Tangled…”
“17 Jinns”
· Same setup as “Frolicking in the Lava” except with a small ‘stack’ in place of the 8” A Custom Splash


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