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music at a distance 72

by snwv

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Apex 09:20
Red Rocks 09:52
Vertex 09:55
Hidden Mine 08:39
The Stars 11:12


I hope you're well and staying safe.

This week's improvisation had a technical hiccup in the beginning, with no audio track going out over OBS, and then OBS consuming room sound (mostly the laptop fan) from the built-in microphone. While that was a bit odd for live listeners, but you won't hear that here.

Even with that awkward start, the music was patient, and made steadily and patiently itself available. I brought out the Moderne for this one, and you can hear its higher-output pickups tipping a bit toward distortion. With the harmony from the FFT pitch-shift, they sound particularly rich.

The structure of these pieces seem slower and a bit more spacious than I've done in a while, and there's a persistent feeling of calm and contemplation. Perhaps this can be helpful, if you need something to guid you toward a calmer state of mind.

Thank you for listening!


released August 4, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Signal chain: Epiphone Moderne > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP eight-delay patch with tremolo, FFT pitch shift, convolution reverb, AudioThing Reels and AudioThing Motor. There's occasional eBow, as well.

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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