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music at a distance 32

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Excursions 08:46
Filled Sails 06:08
Shining Link 07:52
Sky Stairs 08:16


32nd week of the quarantine era. How are you doing?

For me, this week seems like a turn away from the darker elements of the last few. I'd thought I'd return to a comfort zone of familiar instrument and signal chain that gave me melodic results recently, but improvisation--at least my experience--wants to be what it wants to be. This one wanted to be more harmonic, less directed toward an end, more textural. Some of that was playing with different reverbs, increasing the depth as well, and using shorter delay times. Some of it was also a different sound--in some cases a bit more flute-like, and in others, more brass-like. They're pieces that are more about being in a peaceful state than about a journey from here to there. I hope you find them helpful.

Thank you for listening!


released October 20, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

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

Impulses: 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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