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Finally Here 07:59
Undulation 09:16
Burning Bell 12:32


This is the last weekly ambient improvisation of 2020. It doesn't so much have a closing-the-chapter feeling to it, though--we're all still in the middle of this situation of both the worst and best of human behavior on display while the pandemic rages around us. There is, though, a sense of reflecting on this past year, and looking ahead to the new.

This also happened to be the week that I stacked too many plugins up, and you'll hear clicks and dropouts on track 4. I've twiddled the filtering and ambient processing, though, to make it bearable, but in leaving it in place, it's accepting the reality of the situation, and the things that unfold in it, good and bad.

Here's wishing you the best for the close of 2020, and any ceremonies, celebrations, or rituals you're planning for it.

Thank you for listening!


released December 29, 2020

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Signal chain: PureSalem Mendiola > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP eight-delay patch with buffer processing, tremolo, convolution reverb, AudioThing Wires, AudioThing Texture, and Waves Factory Cassette.

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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