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Harmonium 11:15

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During this week's performance, I was very aware of the need many people have for comfort and peacefulness in their listening right now, and I was thinking in particular of friends who have been listening.

My intention to offer comfort and refuge for people guided me, though my instrument and processing choices made that difficult. Working with the Moog Guitar often feels like a wrestling match--it has a unique frequency profile, and can access frequencies that most electric guitars can only produce when they're feeding back into loud amplifiers. This is much more controlled with the Moog, though in the actual playing, it can be hard to predict which frequencies will emerge, and how loud they'll be. When I'm playing into a delay--or in this case, four delays--those frequencies build up, and when the guitar's in sustain mode, they build up even more quickly.

Complicating this further, I was putting all input through the Waves Factory cassette plugin, which also leaves a signature on the frequency spectrum, emphasizing some and attenuating others. And there were some mistakes: In the second piece, you can hear where the power supply to the distortion and wah pedal cut out, and in a later piece you can hear the auto-pan increase to a period of half a second. (Eventually I caught that and brought it down an order of magnitude.)

Out of all this, there are still moments of beauty--the first piece took a while to encounter it, but when it did, it felt like a door opening. Most of these pieces get some buffer processing on the input, which brought to mind electricity and radio transmissions. On occasion, the Moog Guitar's emphasis of harmonics sounds like voices.

I hope that if these pieces find you, they're the pieces you want or need to listen to.

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released August 19, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Moog Guitar > Reuss RF-01 Repeater Fuzz > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP quad delay patch with buffer processing, convolution reverb, and Waves Factory Cassette simulation

Reverb impulses: Fort Worden cistern, Templeworks Holbeck

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snwv Pittsburgh

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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