music at a distance 49

by snwv

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I hope you're staying well and warm wherever you are. Here, snow is on the ground and winter's hanging on. That's ok for me, though I know it's very hard for others.

This week's improv seemed to be about acknowledging the past and its good and bad fortunes, victories and regrets, as well as the future and whatever it brings.

This comes out in the melodies that move between minor and major, but also in the instruments--the very forward-looking Moderne (the design of which is old), and the new-to-me (but old, with a long history) pedal steel I've just restored. The Moderne with this setup can sound like woodwinds, or just a fuzz guitar. Playing pedal steel is a new experience for me, and the three pieces here are the sound of the instrument and me discovering each other. There'll be more of these, for sure.

Thank you for listening! (And thank you to anyone who's listened live.)


released February 17, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Signal chain: Instrument/pedals > Max/MSP eight-delay patch with buffer processing, tremolo, convolution reverb, AudioThing Wires.


Epiphone Moderne > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume (tracks 1-3 and 7)

No-name early 1970s kit-built pedal steel guitar > Moyo Volume (4-6)

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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