Following what seems to be a disturbing pattern,
“Eigenvalue”, the second track from
Synchronized Seasoning took way too long to
finish. In fact, I’m now almost 30 years old, and this song was mostly written
more than half a decade ago. The time between was filled with some tough stuff
and some negative thoughts, but I kept chipping away at this beast slowly in the
background. During this period I was in grad school, which is notorious for
causing self-doubt, and worse. Thus, Eigenvalue is a bit dark.
The first Pete P song released in roughly three years,
was a bit painful to write and record, due to both lack of time and motivation.
Even though I am so sick of hearing it, I do think the tune is kind of cool
conceptually—evolving from an idea on how to relate harmony to rhythm.
A few months back my good pal Travis Orbin asked if I would play bass on and
mix/produce a song for him, which he composed a few years ago and actually
showed me before he tracked the drums for “Bugz” and “Idiot Christmas” in 2009.
I decided to take the gig since the song’s absurdity and uniqueness doesn’t end
at its title, and it presented a formidable challenge—the bass. The part Travis
wrote was quite difficult and took a long time to learn, rehearse, and record.
In fact, there’s one tiny part that was beyond me and had to be programmed (what
a wimp, eh?), though the rest of the bass is a blend of programmed samples and
real bass. Travis supplied the drums fully-mixed, which only took a little
tweaking to fit with the rest of the instruments, making the mixing job quite a
bit easier. All in all, it was a fun and worthwhile project and I hope to work
on more of Travis’ songs in the future. Check out his session video below and be
sure to download the song from his