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music at a distance 45

by snwv

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It Was Here 07:40
Shells 06:16
Breath 08:01
Pulse 06:22
Weave 07:42
Relay Light 05:10


This improvisation made during the last week of the 45th president's tenure happens to be...the 45th weekly performance I've done during quarantine. I didn't initially expect that the series would go this long--I'd thought we'd do the right thing, and the pandemic would dwindle by the end of summer. Little did I know.

The mood this week is hard to pin down--it seems to move from moment to moment, through sadness, loss, regret, comfort, and wonder.

Some things stand out as a difference from other weeks: it seems like the first two pieces are often me-finding-my-bearings, and that tends to run longer. This time, I tried to keep the first two pieces shorter; I don't know if this was more efficient in finding my way to the music, but it made room for an actual eighth piece.

Each week seems to have a key or two that keep making themselves present; this one seems to really want to hear D, G, and B. The second one seems rather darker than a lot of recent tracks, though that's part of our experience of the modern world, too. The seventh track was an experiment I'd thought of--doing a kind of canon through all the delays at once. I might do this again with a wider sweep of delays, and this one has me thinking of new ways to approach this process in future sessions.

Thank you for listening!


released January 19, 2021

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, and AudioThing Wires.

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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