The Linear Canvas
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The Linear Canvas

My Newest Recording – The Speed of Life

May 12th, 2011 . by Alexander Fisher

P1010904I had a couple of inspirations for The Speed of Life. One was a song by another artist that I liked a lot and the other was the death of an acquaintance in an auto accident.

I only hesitate to call Tom a friend because I didn’t know him that well. I rather enjoyed talking to him as I felt we were usually on the same page. He was a no bull kind of guy. I liked that about him. He was killed in the accident along with three members of his family recently.

Immediately it made me think about a lot of things. But specifically it made me think about how most people take their time and life for granted and don’t appreciate every moment they have. Always wishing their lives away. Never content in the moment and always in a rush to get somewhere.

I hope when I’m older that I feel I appreciated each moment I had in my life, as best I could.

Making the right decisions and being deliberate in your actions helps to assure yourself and others safety. Being in a hurry or not paying attention can get someone hurt.

The Speed of Life

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I recorded this song in 24 bit at 96 kHz resolution. That was a just a bit of overkill and the next recording I will go back to 24 bit / 48 kHz. The file size alone is a good reason. It is about 5 times bigger than a 16 bit CD quality file.

I wrote the music and lyrics. I performed all the musical and vocal parts.  I used a Shure SM-58 microphone to record all the vocals. I played my Fender Stratocaster electric guitar on the recording using my Line 6 Pod 2.0 as a direct box. I played bass guitar on my Rickenbacker 4001. The drums are MIDI patches with fills and accents played on a Roland Octapad using Session Drummer 3. I also played keyboards with a Roland MIDI slave using True Piano and Dimension Pro. I played the tambourine as well.

I recorded, mixed, and mastered this song on my desktop computer using a PreSonus Firebox audio interface, with Cakewalk Sonar v8.5 Producer and Sony Sound Forge v9 software.