music at a distance 27

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Argo 06:40
Sun Dogs 06:45


This past week...has brought continual anxiety, horror, and dread, even for those who consider themselves more fortunate than many others. It's a difficult time. If we're not sure how to make the large changes we need to make, it seems ok to let ourselves make small changes, and to keep doing small things that might help others. This weekly offering is one of those small things--maybe it helps someone slow down for a minute and feel centered. Maybe it can help someone take some pressure off of themselves. Take this as a gesture of kindness.

In the middle of everything that's happening now, it's easy to get distracted. It took me until about the fourth piece to start feeling like the improvisation was going to work. A few things fell into place: the KWB works a bit better with the Moderne's pickups, I dialed back the Cassette processing, which was essentially removing a filter, and I swapped in the Fort Worden Cistern impulse, which lets sparse sounds build up nicely, as well as being a sound associated with the Deep Listening community. From the fourth piece onward, I could feel like I was getting guidance from the pieces themselves, and they were easy to follow.

Those last four pieces suggest a timelessness to me--the kind of feeling you might have staring up at the night sky, not thinking about what you have to do. A lot of titles are informed by that feeling, looking toward a future in which we can stare at the sky not out of dread, but out of wonder. Here's wishing that for you.

Thank you for listening!


released September 15, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Fuzz: Reuss RF-01 (tracks 1-3), Balls Effects KWB (4-7)

Signal chain: Epiphone Moderne > 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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