The Linear Canvas
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The Linear Canvas

My Newest Recording – Whoya Lovin’

August 14th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Bashlin 160N_belt I wrote Whoya Lovin’  around the mid 1990’s sometime. I was in London,Ohio when a relative told me that she was gay. I must say, I was stunned and didn’t know how to react. I think outwardly I seemed mostly unfazed, but internally I had many thoughts and emotions that were very difficult to resolve so quickly.

I had a long drive home to think about it and wrote this song when I arrived at my house. It is more than anything, me processing the information and moving from one emotion to the next. It was a turbulent few hours, for sure.

“Whoya Lovin’”

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I am not sure when I recorded these tracks. I assume it was around 2000. I used my Fostex VF-16 digital multi-track and I didn’t get it until about then. I have worked on this re-mix for weeks now, and I am glad I have finally let go of it. I had a couple more ideas, but I have got to move on, finally.

Syncing the track to the computer time caused me more headaches that it should have. Other than allowing the measures to fall on the beat markers, I’m not sure why I even bothered. Had I recorded the tracks with some time code data originally, I might have had an easier time syncing it. Back then, I usually played  a digital drum track into the Fostex as an analog signal. I presumed the digital drum machine could maintain a solid beat. What I found was that it was off by a few tenths of a beat from what I set it at. Not too much, except for over several measures the beat would drift off on it’s own. So much for digital precision.

I played the electric guitars on a Fender Stratocaster. The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001. I recorded the percussion more recently using my Paiste and Zildjian cymbals and because of my ankle injury, I had to add the drum parts using a Yamaha MIDI drum pad and Session Drummer 3. My wife Jill provided some of the handclaps. I added some cow bells and handclaps too.

I recorded the original tracks into my Fostex VF-16 digital multi-track, then transferred the tracks to my computer. I added and processed the audio with Cakewalk Sonar v8.5 Producer and Sony Sound Forge v9.

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