music at a distance 64

by snwv

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Luxor 10:42
Rajgir 11:05
Yanshi 12:46
Annaba 09:26
Asmara 08:25
Berbera 10:25


It's been a few weeks since the last pedal steel performance, so it was time. This one continues with long tones, and feels a bit different, a bit like a combination of 62 and 59. It's willing to let beauty enter, and linger on harmonies. There's a balance of emotion and reflection. We might be distant, but we can be present for each other.

I hope you're doing as well as possible. Thank you for listening!


released June 9, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Instrument: 1970s 10-string pedal steel guitar in modified E9 tuning (A C# E F# G# B E G# D# F#), played with thumb pick and eBow

Signal chain: pedal steel > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP eight-delay patch with tremolo, buffer processing, convolution reverb, AudioThing Reels and AudioThing Motor.

Impulses: St Paul's Hall Huddersfield, 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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