music at a distance 16

by snwv

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Admittedly, this week's been more psychologically precarious than the last few. My region isn't doing well at containing the pandemic, so we're facing continued lockdown or other restrictions. There were other stressors from the day leading into this performance, as well.

At performance time, it felt like my attention was thrown off. Levels were all over the place, some frequencies not as present as I'd like, others way too loud, compositional sense was less sustained than some other times. In several places, I worked to avoid an apparent tonic, keeping the piece in the air for a while, though they wanted to come down to earth earlier than other weeks. And yet...there's some beauty being wrestled out of these pieces.

To anyone who's offered their listening attention, thank you!

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released June 30, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Guitars: Univox Effie in Fahey tuning (1 & 2), PureSalem Mendiola (3-6)

Instruments: guitar > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP quad delay patch with buffers.

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snwv Pittsburgh

snwv started as my project to create ambient environments from finely tuned software-generated sine waves. Now it includes those, other kinds of oscillators, processors for live inputs (guitar, other instruments, ambient microphones, feedback). Some patches are focused on the oscillators, some on delays, some on controlled amounts of randomness. Results range from gentle ambience to chaos. ... more

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