‘Manually manipulating reels that feel like they’ve only recently been exhumed, […]a dense tapestry as haunting and immersive as Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson‘s Legend Of Hell House Soundtrack’ – The Wire, Nov 2016
Aural Ectoplasm: ☆☆☆☆ – Record Collector Magazine
The ultimate Hauntological artefact – Simon Reynolds
Uncanny, mesmerising, difficult & sublime – The Quietus
Concrète theatre … It’s glorious – FACTmag
QUATERMASSIVE! – Ghostbox
Founded by sound artist Robin The Fog in 2012, Howlround is a quintet (four machines, one operator) that create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden – a process that has seen their work compared to William Basinski, Philip Jeck, Morton Feldman and even the sculptures of Rachel Whiteread’.
In an age where one can create all manner of electronic music with a simple swipe of a mouse, Howlround proves 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 sound-world: the rough underbelly of our pristine, Pro-Tools universe. To date five albums have been released, with two further LPs planned for later in 2018.
For live bookings, commissions or anything else, contact: Robinthefog @ gmail dot com
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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