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music at a distance 20

by snwv

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Cave 05:44
Spark Field 09:37
Passage 07:02


After last week's use-the-same-approach approach, I wanted to make some changes for this week. I reached for a frequently-used guitar (the PureSalem Mendiola) and one I hadn't used for this series (Phosphene Audio fretless), and swapped out the usual convolution reverb impulse for a different, larger one (the legendary Fort Worden cistern). That's one reason why the reverb's a lot more present. (The other is that this is a very long reverb.)

I also started working on changing how the buffers behaved, arriving right before the performance at a pretty good configuration...that emitted absolutely no audio whatsoever, and lit up the error console pretty impressively. So, uh, that's a no on the buffer updates for this week. (Similarly, I'd also thought of using eBow on the fretless, but on turning the eBow on...the 9-volt battery was depleted. So no eBow this week, either.) I rolled back to the version of the patch I'd used in the last couple weeks.

My method here was to begin improvising, follow some lines and harmonies, and when the idea ran out, let it fade and move to the next one. This led to shorter pieces than previous weeks, and each seems to have an identity of their own, and a relation to each other. They seem to sustain a supportive and centering mood. I hope it does the same for you.

(Originally there was a track between 1 and 2, using the fretless guitar, but it didn't quite hold together. That one made more use of the fretless's glissando, and pitch changes ended up too wide and unsettling. So it was out. Generally I've not left out tracks in this series, unless there were blatant technical problems, but there's something liberating in having enough material to leave out something that doesn't fit, or which disturbs the listening process.)

Thank you for listening!


released July 28, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Guitars: Phosphene Audio fretless (2), PureSalem Mendiola (others)

Instruments: guitar > Reuss Effects RF-01 Repeater Fuzz > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP quad delay patch with buffers.


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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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