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Presenting A Creak Retimed, a limited edition LP out now on Psyché Tropes. Two exclusive Howlround tracks as well as fresh produce from Dan Hayhurst, Tom White, Ian Helliwell and Merkaba Macabre. Heavyweight toxic yellow vinyl mastered and cut by the great Rashad Becker. Order your copy here.
Also still available, the 2017 Original Soundtrack to Steven McInerney’s spell-binding film A Creak In Time, on the Psyché Tropes label. Order your copy here (complete with download and streaming links to the film).
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.
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:
My guess is that the teeth-rattling bass of recent @Howlroundmusic live shows is the predominant reason that we’re now being followed on Twitter by a dental implant clinic. #notmakingthisup pic.twitter.com/qZcv2xo4hH
— Howlround (@Howlroundmusic) May 21, 2018