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music at a distance 10

by snwv

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Kelso Dunes 14:54


Live ambient improvisations initially streamed over the internet. These are gentle pieces for anyone who needs something non-insistent--a musical environment for letting go of stress. During the performances, I'm thinking of anyone who might be listening, and thinking of a connection of some kind with the music.

Performing this one was...odd. I'd included both a tremolo pedal and a new granular processor in the Max/MSP patch, and somewhere in the chain, it became a bit noisy and difficult to monitor--in the playing, low notes were hard to hear, but they're really present in the recording. (Most likely it's how I wired in the new granular processing.)

Performative struggles aside...this one's really still, though there's a more rhythmic development in the second half of track three. These pieces seem like they want to hang out and be quiet, so the titles are all names from a list of the most quiet places on Earth. (I haven't been to any of them...yet.) I'd recommend just putting this on and drifting for a while.

Instruments: PureSalem Mendiola (1 & 4), Univox Effie in Fahey C tuning (2 & 3), Reuss RF-01, custom tremolo, Vox Wah, Moyo volume, Max/MSP quad delay with granular processor and buffers.


released May 19, 2020

Guitar, programming: Maurice Rickard


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Maurice Rickard is a musician, sound artist, and Deep Listening Certificate holder based in Pittsburgh. snwv is his project to create ambient environments from finely tuned oscillators and other sound sources as well (guitar, microphones, feedback). Some patches use mostly oscillators, some use delays, some use controlled amounts of randomness. Results range from gentle ambience to chaos. ... more

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