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music at a distance 29

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Reed 08:40
Aster 11:16
Bulrush 09:20
Sedge 06:26
Arrowhead 04:44
Cattail 10:57


This week finds us...still here, those of us who are here. A lot has gone on this week, though that's true of all of them really--births, deaths, misfortune, things that give hope.

In that spirit, I hope this week's improvisations offer some comfort, or at least an environment of peacefulness. Listening back to these, they brought to mind wetlands and the plants that grow there, which is the thought behind these titles.

This past weekend, I took part in a livestream video performance. The preparation for it was...a bit fraught--a bad cable, difficulties with FB video...but I got through. I did, unfortunately, make some mistake or other in recording to the drive, so there's no high-quality audio of it. The improvisation, though, is here: youtu.be/akH1j81P0Fc (Most weeks look a lot like that, with the computer in a different place.)

Thank you for listening!


released September 30, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Signal chain: PureSalem Mendiola > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP quad delay patch with buffer processing, convolution reverb, and Waves Factory Cassette simulation.

Impulse: 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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