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by snwv

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Triquet 10:44
Beifudi 09:26
Lahuradewa 10:38
Mleiha 11:33
Sibudu 10:32
Qafzeh 08:18
Ledi-Geraru 10:40


In a long series of performances like this one, the challenge of keeping things fresh is constantly present. Week to week, I'll usually change which guitar I'm using, to change sound and technique. Sometimes, it's less of a concern--maybe the music presents itself easily, but in other performances, I have to do more work.

If I'm in a more musically generous period, it seems better to end it early, rather than persist to a deep trough at the end. Deliberately changing some fundamental part of my approach seems to be the most helpful.

This week, I used a wider set of time scales on the delays--some relatively short (under 10 seconds), some going up to 40s or so. Other performances have clustered in the 20-40s range, related by larger divisors, but this one uses larger differences between the delay lines. Maybe none of this is audible, but it gives a different character, I think.

To everyone who's joined the live streams, or streamed or downloaded here, thank you for listening!


released September 22, 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 Wires 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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