Serial band-starter Maurice Rickard has been a musician and composer for over 30 years, performing live improvised electroacoustic music to audiences in galleries, cafes, arts festivals, schools, bowling alleys, bars, dive bars, and alternative community arts organizations. Much of his work has involved electronics, sometimes processing his own live playing (guitar, ukulele, electronics) or others, sometimes with self-contained electronic sound sources. He's worked in large ensembles of guitar players, including Glenn Branca's Symphony 13 (both versions, both in Tenor 1) and written for his own (much smaller) groups of players.
He's created audio installations for the first and second International Conferences on Deep Listening (2013 and 2014), the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland Ohio, the PRFBBQ in Chicago Illinois, the South Bend Regional Museum of Art, an arts festival in the depressed former steel-making community of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (for which he was awarded a production grant from Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts), and the Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery in Pittsburgh.
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Here at onezero we're counting down to election day, so here's another Bush-based piece to clear out the sample backlog before they become obsolete. I'd been trying to get a good performance of this piece since February, and going through my show at the Eye this past summer, I realized that I finally did have one. So here you go; knock yourself out.
"Scimitar Dance (for Steffi Brüninghaus)" single, released 09/21/2004
It has indeed been a while since I've released something. This track, recorded live on June 19, 2004, is one of those tracks I just can't stop listening to, so I'm putting it out. My friend Steffi is a belly dancer, and we'd talked about collaborating on something. So I did this piece for her dance recital, and it went a lot better than we expected. The dance itself was quite dramatic--she included the titular sword in her dance, balancing it on her head, and ending the dance with a drop--the sword still balanced. Very impressive. And the music went well enough that I'm working on doing more music for dance.
It's an election year, so I'm unable to restrain myself. This piece was recorded live at my Re:PULSE show on January 27, 2004. I've edited five minutes out of the original performance, so it's distilled to extra strength. You'll experience plunderphonic political satire, dark ambient drones, and even some fractured IDM breakbeats. (I've updated the free sample to be more representative of the track, too.)
This track is in three sections: in the first, the speech samples are all condensed from recent speeches, extracting instances (and surrounding phrases) of the terms "Iraq," "America," "Terror," etc. The second section is a bit freer with the samples and includes some phrases edited together, and the last section builds on the instrumental aspects of the second.
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