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music at a distance 46

by snwv

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Heart Ascent 09:38
The Well 08:34
Returning 06:45


Welcome to the 46th week of live ambient guitar improvisations from isolation. It feels like a lot more time than one week has gone by since the last one.

This week's improvisation seems particularly calm, especially related to the chaos I was experiencing during the performance: compressed setup time, not having the usual period of "what do I want to do?" reflection, the guitar dropping off the strap, and a resulting drift in tuning. Despite all that, the music said, "no--this is what we're doing," and it unfolded the way it wanted to unfold.

I hope the days and weeks ahead unfold for you the way you'd like.

Thank you for listening!


released January 26, 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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