music at a distance 91

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The Wild 09:33
The Voice 10:48
The Moment 10:17


Each week's performance is a kind of experiment. I've been working with the same instrument and techniques for the last four weeks, and the experiment now is to find newness within familiar constraints. These improvisations are about discovery, and before a performance, I'm not sure where things will go. Here, there's some roughness, some struggle against technical limitations (some CPU artifacts are audible in one piece), but the music continues. In this one, the clouds do part, I think.

I hope you're all well as the Northern hemisphere days are darker and shorter. Thank you for continuing on this weekly listening journey.

Dedicated to the work of Barnett Newman.


released December 15, 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.

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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