Sounds Of A Tired City #35: Ken Camden

June 12, 2015

Implodes guitarist Ken Camden returns with his third solo album ‘Dream Memory’ to be released on Kranky on 15 June, continuing his explorations to seek out new techniques and sounds from the electric guitar.

By utilising both a steel slide and e-bow technique, Camden has moved into micro-tonal territory to bridge the textural gap between guitar and synthesiser while examining their inherent differences. His palette is further broadened by introducing an organic vocal sampling machine described as a Vocaltron. Much like a Mellotron, vocal samples (contributed by Emily Elhaj and Angel Olsen) are chromatically organised in half steps from the lowest note to the highest possible. Each set is specific to the contributor’s range and each note is unedited to keep all original characteristics of that particular individual’s voice. This organised organic information adds a contrast to the electric guitar and synthesiser arrangements on the album.

The development of all of these systems gives ‘Dream Memory’ a diversity throughout it’s tracks while maintaining an atmospheric bond that weaves the ideas into a thematic whole.

Ken Camden did some further broadening, a scenic exploration for Sounds Of A Tired City, which resulted in an hour involving some splendid soundtracks and essential names like Wendy Carlos, Ennio Morricone, Edgar Froese Philip Glass and Laurie Spiegel. Enjoy!

Sounds Of A Tired City #35: Ken Camden


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