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music at a distance 75

by snwv

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Ellora 07:56
Derinkuyu 12:04
Bandiagara 10:46
Guyaju 08:20
Ajanta 09:21
Maijishan 08:41
Otuzco 10:14
Mesa Verde 10:51


This week's improvisation is a return to the pedal steel, which has a voice and has intention--at least, that's my experience of it. Mid-performance, I was hearing dropouts as the CPU had increasing demands, but none of that appears in the recorded file. Even with that as a constraint on performance, there was a warmth to this one, and there was even an audience request for an encore--many thanks right back to myboyfriendthepilot.bandcamp.com.

Thank you for listening! I hope you're all doing well, and that you're having the best possible end of summer.


released August 25, 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 FFT pitch shift, convolution reverb, AudioThing Wires, and AudioThing Reels.

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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