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music at a distance 25

by snwv

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Metal Birds 08:48
Glass Canyon 07:22
Way Station 07:18


Going into this one, I was kind of in a depleted mental space. Worn down by the state of the world, weary, and just physically tired. It might have been a good night to take a break, but I kept my appointment with live music, doing the performance anyway. These improvisations are not necessarily about me, or for me. Maybe someone is out there who needs to hear these. So I did it for that person.

This week's pieces develop slowly, and in a few cases I shortened them significantly. These seem like snapshots to me, lingering over static or very slow-moving scenes, maybe wanting or needing things to pause for several minutes. That's where I'm at right now, and maybe you are as well.


released September 2, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

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

Impulses: Huddersfield Town Hall, Templeworks Holbeck, 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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