Different kind of memories and mixed emotions: about the Russian space travel era in the late 50’s, about bedtime stories of mysterious central european cultures as told by a travelling grandfather, and about ‘Saudade’ – feelings to cherish.
The end of a year is a popular moment to release a (label) compilation. Sometimes to look back, sometimes to look ahead. Here’s an (incomplete!) overview of some recent compilations presenting hours (and more hours) of listening pleasure.
‘Electronic music’ sound design is often searching for ‘new’ and (if possible) previously unheard sounds.
But others prefer to look back – back to the time when electronic music was a new frontier to be crossed, the time when the sounds of (analog) electronic music was automatically related to space travel.
Here’s a roundup of some new retro sounds.
KEN CAMDEN – SPACE MIRROR
On this second release for the Kranky label, Ken Camden “allows the listener to be suspended in a gravity free environment”.
You may not immediately recognise it, but his ‘vessel of choice’ is the guitar, electronically modified into pulsating loops and sequences that “could be a soundtrack to an epic 60’s science-fiction film, or a long forgotten grade school educational film strip explaining how humans would be living on Mars early in the 21st century”.
“Back to the Future” is simply the most appropriate description here!
Ken Camden – Antares