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Robinthefog @ gmail dot com

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Howlround’s latest LP, a split release with the brilliant Berlin-based composer Marta De Pascalis is out now on The Wormhole and selling out fast. Order your copy here, while stocks last. Here’s an audio extract to whet your appetite:

Also still available, the 2017 Original Soundtrack to Steven McInerney’s spell-binding film A Creak In Time, out now on Psyché Tropes. Order your copy (complete with download and streaming links to the film) here.

Here’s Howlround performing a live score to the film in 2017:

‘Manually manipulating reels that feel like they’ve only recently been exhumed, [Howlround] weave a dense tapesty as haunting and immersive as Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson‘s Legend Of Hell House Soundtrack’ – The Wire, Nov 2016

Speaking of Delia, here we are performing at her 80th Birthday in Coventry Cathedral, alongside the esteemed company of Dr. Peter Zinovieff, Pete Kember, Hannah Peel and Jerry Dammers. Howlround’s performance can be watched in full here:

Aural Ectoplasm: ☆☆☆☆ – Record Collector Magazine

The ultimate Hauntological artefact – Simon Reynolds

Uncanny, mesmerising, difficult & sublime – The Quietus

First coming to prominence with hugely-acclaimed 2012 LP The Ghosts Of Bush, Howlround is a quintet (four slightly battered machines machines, one slightly battered operator) that creates recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with all electronic effects or artificial reverb strictly forbidden. In an age where one can create all manner of electronic music with a simple swipe of a mouse, Howlround prove not only how much fun is to be had in making things complicated again, but conversely just how little effort is sometimes needed to create a genuinely uncanny and beguiling soundworld: the rough underbelly of our pristine, Pro-Tools universe.

Concrète theatre … It’s glorious – FACTmag

QUATERMASSIVE! – Ghostbox

A Howlround live set is always a spectacle, due to the distinctive nature of our performances, in which haunting and uncanny soundscapes are created from loops of quarter-inch tape stretched and balanced precariously around the venue, while we try desperately to prevent the loops from snarling, snapping or becoming entangled – part sound design, part chaotic performance art. So far we’ve taken our loops all over Europe and to the US, playing churches, basements, industrial shafts and secret nuclear bunkers to name a few.

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Howlround loops in the Telex Room, Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, 2017. Photo by Pete Woodhead

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The Delaware Road at Kelvedon Hatch, 2017

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Live at Supernormal 2017 – Drawing by @chameleonic

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‘A Creak In Time’ Live Score, Further, 2017

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Live at St. John on Bethnal Green, 2017

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‘Aural Ectoplasm’ at West Brompton Cemetery, 2016

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Sound-checking ‘A Creak In Time’ for an all night concert at St. Ethelburga, London, 2016

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Live from the bottom of Brunel’s Shaft, 2016

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Candlelit performance at The Cisternerne, Copenhagen, 2016

As well as live performances, we have also created immersive audio installations and a series of critically-lauded vinyl LPs, each composed entirely from recordings of a single building, space or object, such as our recent residency at the now-demolished East Tower, part of the former BBC Television Centre complex:

…Or this commission to create a sound installation entirely from the sounds of Kensington Olympia:

A Few Live Extracts From The Archive:

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