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music at a distance 48

by snwv

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Goldthread 08:46
Twin Flower 09:51
Anemone 10:40
Fireweed 06:56
Blazing Star 13:23


How are you all doing? We've been isolated for longer than some of us expected--that's true for me, anyway. Our psyches are still doing a lot of labor. We're in that gray stretch from New Year's to spring. We find our way forward, somehow.

This week's performance...shortly beforehand, I thought to retune the Kalamazoo in open G, and that led to most of these pieces. (Thanks to Alan from Low for the inspiration to try open G!) I switched to the Univox hollowbody in Fahey tuning, which kind of broke the flow--one of those Fahey-tuned pieces...was too unsettled to fit here, but the second of those remains as piece 4.

For the last several years, I've looked forward to travel in February, though this year that will be virtual. Still, this has me thinking of nature in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is the source of track titles this week. Here's to staying in contact with the things that sustain you.

Thank you for listening!


released February 10, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Signal chain: Guitar > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP eight-delay patch with buffer processing, tremolo, convolution reverb, AudioThing Wires.

Kalamazoo KG-2 in open G tuning (1-3, 6)
Univox Effie in Fahey C tuning, dropped to B (4)

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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