Peterson Silcox Giles and Grant
The project started as a collaboration between Mike Peterson and Jim Silcox from 1998 to 1999.
Bill Giles and Scott Grant were old friends who generously volunteered to add bass and keyboard parts.
They can also be heard on the albums from Steppes and Shroedinger's Cat
The band never played live together, but Mike and Jim occasionally played live with several different bass players
Mike Peterson - Drums, Vocals, Sequencer
Jim Silcox - Guitars
Bill Giles - Bass
Scott Grant - Keyboards
All selections arranged by the players
Engineered and produced by
Package design by
Bill Giles, Mike Peterson
Credits - Mike's songs
You Drive Me Insane
Potato And A Six Pack
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
I Can Do It
Hard To Be A Star
Words and music by
It's not exactly accurate to say that I wrote all of the music. Most of my songs are a team effort. I come up with the basic ideas, and the team adds the details. Extreme and excessive thanks to the following team members who helped make this project possible.
Jim Silcox - for being my partner in the project, providing arrangement help, vocal coaching, and writing the "Idaho" part in Potato And A Six Pack
Jack Schwarz - for the solo section in Hard To Be A Star
Lee Zimmer - for the solo section in I Can Do It
Dennis Bales - for being my music teacher for 30 years and helping with theory and arrangement
Credits - Jim's songs
Looking To Cure My Blues
Live For The Light
Raging Out Of Control
Words and music by
Thanks to Abe Senna, Mike Patton, Bob Golden, John Plmer, Dan Simpson, Bill Lendenmann. Also, Vickie, Temple, Addie, BJ, Debbie & Diana. The shared influences, experiences, good and bad times were appreciated. Also, love to Alex, Aisha, Julian and the Silcox clan. And to Monique, love you most!
This project was recorded direct to disk digital, using Cubase VST 3.65. The computer was a Pentium II 400 with 128m RAM and 40g of hard disk.
Audio hardware included a Layla a/d d/a converter, Mackie mixer, Alesis and Yamaha effects and JBL studio monitors. Vocals were recorded with a Rode NT2 microphone and Alesis compressor. The guitar and bass were recorded through a Sans-Amp PSA-1.
Electronic drums were Roland V-drums. Guitars were custom Fender strat and Gibson Les Paul. Bass was a custom Fender Precision bass. Keyboards and MIDI sound modules were Ensoniq vfx, Korg Trinity, Roland JD-990 and Ensoniq MR-Rack.
How it was created
Except for Nothing Exceeds Like Excess, the pieces were rehearsed using drums and guitar. Nothing Exceeds Like Excess started as a complete MIDI sequence.
To record the other tracks, first a dummy drum part was created using Cubase.
This was done to ensure accurate tempo. We found that playing to a sequenced drum part was more musical than playing to a click.
Guitar was recorded first.
Various other parts were overdubbed at various times.
The drums were added last.
All parts were performed live, in real time.