'Finite II'

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Individual Song Breakdowns


About the EP

       I began composing 'Finite II' in December of 2016, not long before I released its predecessor. The idea of it commencing with the closing notes of "Whitman's Challenge" occurred to me and it simply snowballed from there. The EP is comprised of some back material, an old demo written by Zack Ordway (just like FI contained one as such), and quotes from my back catalog, but mostly fresh material. It is perhaps my most harmonically dense release to date, and undoubtedly the most demanding string arrangements I've ever composed.

       I recorded the drums in late January/early February of 2018, then Cam and Sophia tracked respectively. After they were finished, I constructed a mock-up of the EP in Pro Tools and knocked out all of the sound design components (a continually burgeoning interest of mine) and cover art over a period of about twelve hours, purposefully flirting with mild sleep deprivation. Following this, I flew to Florida to begin mixing with Patrick in late March. As with 'Silly String II', he later finished up said process and mastered it on his own, doing recalls with me in a mobile fashion.


1. Inceptallus
2. Calamitous Confluence
3. You Handsome Evil, You
4. Morose Park
5. Triple Decker
6. My Today Is Your Tomorrow

 · Travis Orbin - Drum set, Percussion
 · Sophia Uddin - Violin, Viola
 · Cameron McLellan - Bass
 · Sound design by Travis Orbin
 · Music composed by Travis Orbin, except 4 cowritten by Zack Ordway
 · Additional string arrangements on 1, 2, 4, 6 by Sophia Uddin
 · Additional bass guitar arrangements on 1 by Cameron McLellan
 · Synth Production by Patrick Campbell
 · Produced by Travis Orbin
 · Drums and percussion engineered by Travis Orbin of Woodshed Studios
 · Drum editing and mixing by Travis Orbin
 · Strings engineered by Gabriel Riccio at his home studio
 · Bass engineered by Cameron McLellan at his home studio
 · Bass re-amping by Patrick Campbell
 · Mixed and Mastered by Patrick Campbell of Epilog Sound
 · Cover art by Travis Orbin

       Thank you to my fans, friends, associates, and family; especially my parents for their 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, Vratim drum shoes, the Hi-Hat Razer, and E-Pad! Practice Pads.

       Special thanks to Sophia and Cam for always bearing with my taxing compositional demands and pulling off anything and everything with aplomb. Extra special thanks to Patrick and Erika Campbell for their hospitality.

       This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.


Finite II Gear List:

All songs:
· 12"/16" Reference Pure tom-toms with Remo Vintage Emperor coated batters/Emperor clear resonants
· 5"x14" Sensitone maple snare drum with Controlled Sound X batter/Ambassador Hazy snare side
· 20" Reference Pure bass drum with Remo Powerstroke III coated batter/Ebony Powerstroke III ported resonant

Cymbals (from left to right, player's perspective):
· "Inceptallus" - 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, small 'stack' (8" FX Trashformer / 10" A Custom EFX), 13" A New Beat Hi-hats, 19" K Custom Hybrid Crash, 18" K Custom Special Dry China, 19" K China
· "Calamitous Confluence" - same as "Inceptallus"
· "You Handsome Evil, You" - same as "Inceptallus"
· "Morose Park" - same as "Inceptallus", but with a 6" A Custom Splash in place of the small 'stack'
· "Triple Decker" - 19" K China, 19" K Dark Thin Crash, custom hats (14" K Constantinople bottom (top) / 14" K Custom High Definition bottom (bottom)), regular 'stack' (14" A Custom EFX / 16" FX Oriental China "Trash"), small 'stack' (8" FX Trashformer / 10" A Custom EFX), 13" A New Beat Hi-hats, 21" K Heavy Ride, 18" K Custom Special Dry China
· "My Today Is Your Tomorrow" - same as "Inceptallus", but with an 11" FX Oriental "Trash" Splash in place of the 8" A Custom Splash. Also, during the intro, 15" K Light Hi-hats are in place of the custom 14" hats and a towel is taped over the Falam Slam on my kick batter head

· Vic Firth SRH2/Hammers
· Vic Firth Wire Brushes on intro to "My Today Is Your Tomorrow"

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