The Linear Canvas
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My Newest Recording – Gotta Go

December 12th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Alexander FisherI wrote this song about getting older and the realty of death. My wife Jill says it’s a sad song.  It is probably a little morbid, but not in a gruesome way. I think it is about facing that reality and being there for those that experience life and death.

“Gotta Go”

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The analog tracks were originally recorded on a Yamaha MT-100 II 4 track cassette recorder using high speed (3.75 IPS) and dbx noise reduction . I recently transferred the recordings to my Fostex VF-16 digital multi-track. I used an Iomega Jaz drive to transition them to computer format. I used Cakewalk Sonar v8.5 Producer and Sony Sound Forge to mix, edit, and master the recording.

The drum tracks that I recorded were actually pretty well done I thought. But the drum sounds were a bit dated. I had performed the drum part originally on a Yamaha MIDI drum pad using my Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machine. I used Cakewalk Sonar’s Audio-Snap to identify the drum transients and used the “copy to MIDI” feature to recreate the drum in Session Drummer 3.  I did some automatic and manual editing to tighten up the new drum track.

I played electric guitar on a Fender Stratocaster . The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001.  I added two extra vocal tracks. I am singing along with myself  from twenty years ago. It’s almost like meeting my younger self in a time machine.

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