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music at a distance 50

by snwv

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Tikal 10:32
Bell Caves 07:53
Chinon 08:52
Radome 06:34
Echo Bridge 08:12
Thurgoland 12:28


This week's performance marks 50 weeks of ambient guitar improvisations, done with the thought of connecting with people, and giving them a sonic environment in which they can reduce stresses and find equilibrium.

Sometimes my experience of doing these is simply sitting down and listening for, and then playing, the next note. Other times, it's more like I'm chasing the music, or working to get into the right state where the music presents itself. Both happen to be on display here. I also hear reflection on the past year, the people we've lost, and how far we are from each other. Over the length of the improvisations, I also hear the music drifting and settling into something more placid--it does come out in a positive place, I think. If you're suffering, consider this one dedicated to you.

Thank you for listening!


released February 24, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

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


PureSalem Mendiola (tracks 1-3)

No-name early 1970s kit-built pedal steel guitar (4-7)

Impulses: Huddersfield Town Hall, Fort Worden cistern.


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snwv Pittsburgh

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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