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music at a distance 89

by snwv

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The Islands 08:49
This Rain 08:29
Tremolo 08:48


I hope you're all doing well and staying safe as we head into winter.

This week's improvisation does repeat the guitar and some methods from last week, though uses a new impulse (the Inchindown oil tanks, also known world's longest reverb). That, plus some long delay times, animation, and streaming, all taxed the CPU, and occasional little clips appear, but that's part of how the event unfolded.

On playback, this sounds like music that can hold space for you, if you need it to.

Thank you for listening!

Dedicated to the work of Agnes Martin.


released December 2, 2021

Maurice Rickard: Guitar, programming

Instrument: 1970s 10-string pedal steel guitar in modified E9 tuning (F# C# E F# G# B E G# D# F#), played with fingers, thumb pick, and eBow. Slides: Dunlop tonebar, Taylor ebony.

Signal chain: pedal steel > Balls Effects KWB > Vox Wah > Moyo Volume > Max/MSP eight-delay patch with FFT pitch shift, tremolo, convolution reverb, AudioThing Reels, and AudioThing Motor.

Impulses: Huddersfield Town Hall (Near), Inchindown Oil Tanks, Fort Worden Cistern


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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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