music at a distance 7

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1.
Land of Air 16:32
2.
3.
Canopy 04:40
4.
Land of Land 11:21

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Live improvisations for Internet streaming. Many of us are isolating (and isolated) at home, so I'd wanted to improvise some ambient pieces with guitar and a delay network I've been working on in Max/MSP.

My thought in doing the first one was that anything I did with an ambient live stream would be an offering of something calming and still to listeners. There's already quite enough to get us all agitated. There's a lot of live music to hear now over the Internet, though, so I also put up the archives of these performances.

The first three pieces here are based on three different modes of playing the Moog Guitar. While Moog's thought of as a synthesizer company, this guitar (designed by Paul Vo) is dedicated to sustaining strings. (There is a Moog ladder filter in it, but these pieces don't make use of it.) The first two use the threshold/conditional sustain mode and the sustain-everything mode, while the third uses the active-muting mode.

The fourth piece uses the Univox Effie in Fahey C-tuning (well, really B tuning, but the same pitch relations).

This one seems even slower-moving than others, largely from the sustain of the Moog. It lends itself to inhabiting a sound environment for a while, and maintaining a mood, with a very slow development.

Something about the atmospheres of 2 and 4 also reminds me of wandering around North Adams MA, taking in the evening of performances during the 2019 Cycling74 conference, exactly a year ago. Here's to having these kinds of gatherings again.

Signal chain: guitar > Vox Wah, Moyo passive volume pedal > quad delay network with multiple buffers in Max/MSP.

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released April 29, 2020

Performance, programming: Maurice Rickard

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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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