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music at a distance 35

by snwv

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Closeness 11:19
Carbon 08:50
Bridge 10:04
Holding 08:54
Resolve 07:00


We've been through a lot this past week. Dread, relief, and now (at least for me) it looks like it's back to a kind of fatigued wariness. I learned about the latest outrages right before doing this week's performance, so I found myself wrestling with that, as well as some technical and practical issues.

I've been streaming to Twitch lately, and the most recent ones haven't had an audio stream. I should have this fixed for next week. Similarly, my Bluetooth foot switch is pairing with the laptop, but not recognized by Max. So this week had some hurdles. I also went with the Moog Guitar, an instrument that often makes its own harmonic choices--it's an opinionated collaborator, really. (That, of course, is one of the reasons I use it.)

The result was...not about the struggle, and more about creating a peaceful environment. Some rough edges show through (2, some of 6), but even then, there's light bouncing off them. I have to admit that I'm really fond of 3 and 5 from this one.

Thank you for listening!


released November 10, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Signal chain: Moog Guitar > Reuss Effects RF-01 > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP quad delay patch with buffer processing, convolution reverb, and Waves Factory Cassette simulation.

Impulses: Huddersfield Town Hall, 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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