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music at a distance 26

by snwv

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I hope you're having a good beginning to September. On my end, it seems helpful to keep doing these live performances, and I hope they can be helpful to others, too. This collection takes the music at a distance series up to six months of performances/releases, and to just over 24 hours (40 seconds over 24 hours). While that's not in itself significant, there's a satisfaction to having put in this time and effort.

This set of improvisations seems to jump between two different kinds of moods--reflective and hopeful (1, 7, 8) and concerned or even mournful at the state of the world (2, 4, 5), though even within pieces centered at one mood, there are reflections of the other. I don't know--the world is on fire, but those of us who are alive, are alive.

This week also introduces a ring modulation with variable modulation source (audible in a few places) and much longer delay times on some pieces (notably the first). The last couple improvs use low F in a few places, which is a nod to my having shaved down the high second fret. The ring modulation results in some more tonal depth, though at the cost of unpredictable pitches, so that's a work in progress. The result of the longer delay is more spaciousness on some pieces, and it suggests a future direction.

Thank you for listening!


released September 8, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Instruments: PureSalem Mendiola in standard tuning, Univox Effie in dropped Fahey tuning (tracks 3 and 4)

Signal chain: 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

Impulses: Fort Worden cistern, Huddersfield Town Hall


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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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