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music at a distance 8

by snwv

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Unison 13:08
The Branch 16:15
Glass Bell 12:04
Below 13:35


Live ambient improvisations initially streamed over the internet. Many of us are isolating at home, and current times are stressful, so these are slow-moving and gentle pieces for anyone who needs them. During the performances, I'm thinking of anyone who might be listening, and thinking of a connection of some kind with the music.

These performances seem mostly more placid than some other weeks, though there's still unpredictability. The last piece in particular has a section that started as an accident--I faded up a loop transposed two octaves down, and I'd forgotten that I had global regeneration turned on. This can cause feedback, though here that shows up as a very low frequency oscillation. (In the moment, I'd experienced it as a helicopter before I realized what was going on.)

The first piece uses an old CMI guitar tuned in octave unison. The rest use my homebuilt Res-O-Glas. The third piece makes use of the Reuss RF-01 distortion, and all of them use Vox Wah and Moyo volume pedal into Max/MSP. The Res-O has a bit less sustain than some other guitars, so initial fades have to be faster, and I'm playing more notes overall--kind of the opposite of week 7.


released May 6, 2020

Guitar, programming: Maurice Rickard


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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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