music at a distance 36

by snwv

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Quiet Stage 07:07
Gently Now 08:46
Appear 08:48
Welcome 10:16
Bow 07:14


Solo improvisation (in my experience, anyway) is a collaboration between the musician, the instrument, and the situation in which the performance takes place--how are you feeling that day? What plan did you have? Are you in the right frame of mind to carry that out? If it doesn't go in the direction you thought it would, how do you respond? Follow it, or try to wrestle it in another direction?

I didn't so much have a plan for this week's direction, though I did change some of the conditions--I doubled the number of delay lines, to give me more room to assign notes to loops of different durations--this turned out not to be as distracting as I'd thought. On the other hand, it led to pieces that found a mood and either stayed in it, or pieces that developed very slowly. At the time, I tried nudging things along, but I know enough not to force these pieces where they don't want to go...and when they stop speaking, it's best to let them end.

On listening back, these pieces bring much-needed calm and stability. So I offer them to you in a similar spirit.

Thank you for listening!


released November 17, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Signal chain: Home-built Res-O-Glas Guitar > Reuss Effects RF-01 > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP eight-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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