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music at a distance 21

by snwv

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Deep Power 09:18
August Home 08:46


This week marks 21 weeks of isolation and quarantine for many of us. How are you doing? How do you feel?

I'd begun this series as a way of connecting to others with the live performance aspect, but there are many streams to listen to on the Internet. I think stuffing artistic information into our heads to block out overwhelming news...that can work for a while, and maybe there are positive aspects to doing it, but doing it consistently isn't necessary. For my part, I look forward to the performances and releases, finding the results to be calming and satisfying. Maybe you will as well.

This week's performance has a relation to last week's 20th performance--not in the sense of shared instruments or particular strategies, but with longer delay times, the occasional use of the Fort Worden cistern impulse, and a kind of aesthetic. Some pieces seem to answer others from last week. It's probably worth hearing both.

Both the Effie and the Kalamazoo guitars appear very physically, with bumps and rattles being transmitted from microphonic pickups. (While I really should address the rattly strap buttons on the Effie, I kind of like the physicality of it here).

While I was doing these, I wasn't sure if they were perhaps too similar, but on listening back, they share a kind of identity.

Thank you for listening!


released August 5, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Guitars: Univox Effie in dropped Fahey C tuning (1-3), Kalamazoo KG-2 in Joni Mitchell CACFAC tuning (4-5), home-built Res-O-Glas in standard tuning (6-7)

Guitar > EHX LPB2ube > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP quad delay patch with buffer processing

Reverb impulses: Huddersfield Town Hall, Fort Worden cistern


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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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