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Twin 11:16
Surface Veil 09:51
Issue 09:36
Hansa 11:27
Pace 09:11
Convert 11:48
Vector 08:16


This week's performance, the night before the winter solstice, was an example of the recorded work sounding different from my experience playing it. At the time, it sounded very dense, but it turns out to have a lot of spaciousness in it. I'd wanted to focus on microtones, and they're here. The pieces move and develop more than I'd experienced, and the texture changes more than it first seemed.

I know that on this darkest day of the year there's a lot that's worrying people, including me. But I think that there's hope, and that hope comes out in these pieces. I hope that you're all as safe and as well as possible.

Thank you to everyone who's listening to the live performances and to these recordings.

This performance is dedicated to the work of Robert Ryman.


released December 21, 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.

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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