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music at a distance 4

by snwv

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Quartet 09:16
Unfolded 09:00
Delta 15:44
Zenith 14:40


Live improvisations for Internet streaming. Signal chain:

Instrument > Reuss RF-01 > Vox Wah > Moyo volume > Max/MSP quad delay patch
1, 2, 3, 5: Res-o-Glas guitar
4: Heit Deluxe, in Baglama tuning

The Res-O has less sustain than the PureSalem I've used on the other three, so this one generally used shorter note durations, though longer overall delay times. There's also some hum from a cable I really have to resolder. Some slice-of-life stuff there, but I did cut out the crackles.

The first piece is pretty heavy on the vibrato, which lends kind of a string-quartet sense. Track 2 has a kind of sweetness or even quaintness to it, and kind of reminds me of a late-1800s chamber piece. Tracks 3-5 shift between abstract and harmonious, with some involuntary Bigsby noise. Track 4 reintroduces the Heit and those note bends with the neck, along with some delay-snapping.

For much of this performance, I was imagining sparsely populated areas--glacial rivers, high plateaus, clear skies...largely as a reaction to being at home for so long.


released April 7, 2020

Performance, programming: Maurice Rickard


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snwv Pittsburgh

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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