Karl Ward


I am a musician and engineer working in and around New York City. I get really excited when music crosses over into literature or technology. You probably came here to hear some music, most likely my latest record: Condo Fucks City Rockers. Or maybe you wanted to hear Death of a Ladies’ Man. I have been in a bunch of bands, most recently Ghost Ghost and Ninth Street Mission.

I studied English Literature at Columbia College, where I spent my days reading poetry and my nights making computer music at the Columbia Computer Music Center. I should have seen it coming that I would end up studying at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where I was also a musician in residence.

There’s a small chance you’re hear to read about the 2016 Hoboken train derailment, an accident I survived and wrote about.

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An upside-down left-handed Stratocaster, the freakout guitar »


Man, I wanted a Les Paul since the *eighties* »


A modded Stratocaster, my main electric guitar from 2009-2018 »


A Telecaster, and the first electric guitar I bought »

Carryin' Home

The soldiers are coming back home / In a world we don't understand / They're wondering how they really left that place / And I wonder if they knew the man »

Will You Be True?

I know myself but I don't know what I'm gonna do / Don't know what I might say when I talk to you / Maybe I'll just cry, or maybe I'll go crazy on you / All I wanna know is will you be true? »

Hey Princess

Hey princess, put on your armor / Hide that hole where you had a heart / You have everything you need, but something is wrong / And you just don't know where to start »

The Space Shuttle

This is a short history of my performance-hardened guitar rig: 2-channel guitar (magnetic and piezoelectric) -> 2 separate effects pedal paths -> 2 separate amp channels »


Multilooper is a multitrack live looping rig created by Karl Ward and used onstage with Ghost Ghost. »


Net::MAC is a Perl module for representing and manipulating Ethernet MAC addresses. »


karlward@karlward.com »