music at a distance 90

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Sky Hook 09:04
Fire Child 12:48
City Slivers 09:38
Splitting 09:12
Day's End 09:40


This is the 90th performance in this series. We've made it to December together. This month can be a challenge for a lot of people, so I hope you're well and able to find peace and comfort.

Over the last few weeks, I seem to have strained muscles in my left arm in a way that makes some conventional fretting painful. As a precaution, I stayed with the pedal steel for the third week in a row, trying some slightly different approaches to give this performance its own flavor. The steel invites playing with closer intervals, allowing tone beating. There's also some influence from Alvin Lucier, incorporating those intervals and letting long tones be themselves.

This week brought a larger audience, also, and it was wonderful to have their presence supporting these slower pieces. Thank you for listening!

Dedicated to the work of Gordon Matta-Clark.


released December 8, 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 Wires, and AudioThing Motor.

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