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music at a distance 71

by snwv

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Koltur 08:54
Boreray 10:41
Kihnu 09:40
Bouvet 05:51
Surin 07:21
Bjornoya 09:18
Foula 11:22


I hope you're all doing well!

This week's performance was a return to the comfort zone of the pedal steel--the last time I'd played it was two weeks ago. In many cases, the notes just presented themselves, and I found myself with the slide in the right place at the right time. (Not always--there were a few that I needed to crossfade over.) I was exhausted by the time of the performance, but it worked out, and music is indeed restorative.

Thank you for listening!


released July 28, 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 fingers, thumb pick, and eBow

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

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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