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MP3: "Borders of Reality"

December 5 2005 11:24 AM ET (Permalink) (Comment)

Since it's taking me so long to get "new" stuff finished, here's something sorta new.

I wrote this song back in September of 1995 and really liked it. I took a shot at recording it in the summer of 1996, but just wasn't happy with how the recording turned out. (Ah, the limitations of using a four-track, especially when you're brand new at using one.)

After a while, I kinda left the song behind (aided by the fact that it was really hard to play) in favor of other songs. But, a couple of years ago, I pulled out the old four-track tape and got into it again. Ever since then, it's been in the back of my mind.

Earlier this year, I decided to experiment a little. I pulled the drum and guitar tracks from the four-track recording and used them as the base for a new recording. Where I didn't have the ability to add extra parts in 1996, I now had the freedom to add pretty much anything. I started screwing around with harmonies and lead guitar lines, and was really surprised by how well it turned out (and how different it sounded from the original).

I laughed at myself when I finished it: nine years separates the left (old) and right (new) guitar tracks. And despite the fact that the left track has a hint of distortion on it (the right channel is acoustic), they sound remarkably similar. Somehow, I figured I'd have played it differently.

Download: Chris Blackburn - "Borders of Reality"

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