music at a distance 54

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Godly Beings 07:36
Messenger 07:08
Electrons 09:02
Valiant Ones 07:09
Wheels 07:13


I didn't perform on March 22, as my father had entered hospice for a short time before embarking on his next voyage. The work of understanding and processing grief and loss continues to unfold, and I've been fortunate to have overwhelming support from family, friends, and colleagues.

Part of the work of understanding (for me, anyway) involves keeping a regular appointment with music. In order for this to work, I have to defocus my attention, so that it's not on myself or anything in particular, really, and appears, and can be followed. This session from the 29th is an example of that--to me, it sounds comforting and accepting, suggesting a way forward.

Many of us have endured losses in this past year, and for anyone who has, I hope this series can provide some comfort. Thank you for listening!


released March 30, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Guitars: pedal steel in E9 (1-3, 7), PureSalem Mendiola (4-6)

Signal chain: guitar > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP eight-delay patch with buffer processing, tremolo, convolution reverb, Waves Factory Cassette simulation.

Impulses: St Paul's Hall Huddersfield, 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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