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music at a distance 78

by snwv

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Tangyud 08:31
Karzok 08:18
Ananea 12:20
Condoroma 09:21
Amdo 10:06
Domar 08:55
Tuiwa 12:18


This week I decided to make things a little more difficult on myself. It's been a few weeks since I used some of these tunings, and they discourage me from making obvious decisions. Sometimes I'm wrestling with a dirty switch, or a note that's suddenly quiet. Sometimes it's best not to become too comfortable.

Similarly, I don't think any of us expected a year ago to be in yet another wave of this pandemic now. I'd had a vague thought that I'd do a year of these to reach that milestone, but surely there'd be no need to make this a regular commitment past that.

As it happens, the weekly performance has certainly been a lifeline for me. I think everyone who listens to the weekly stream, and everyone who streams and downloads these are also finding it helpful--comfort, solace, a chance to slow down, just something nice to listen to. Thank you to everyone who's continuing to listen.


released September 15, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Guitars: Heit Deluxe in Turkish baglama (GgDDAa) tuning (1, 2), Univox Effie in Fahey C tuning dropped to B (3, 4, 5), and CMI E-200 in Nashville high-strung tuning.

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

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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