‘Manually manipulating reels that feel like they’ve only recently been exhumed, the duo weave a dense tapesty 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
First coming to prominence with hugely-acclaimed 2012 LP The Ghosts Of Bush, Howlround have now expanded to a sextet (four machines, two people) and 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. 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. Their fifth album, an audio-visual collaboration with the Psyché-Tropes label was released towards the end of 2016 and a split cassette with Time Attendant is also out now on Manchester’s Front And Follow label. For all Howlround live bookings contact RobinTheFog at gmail dot com or tweet @Howlroundmusic
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 to the US, Portugal, Germany, Catalonia, Copenhagen and more and we’re always looking for new and interesting places to play in. A recent performance at the Grade 1 listed West Brompton Cemetery, where we treated the sold-out crowd to a candlelit performance of ‘Aural Ectoplasm’.
As well as live performances, we have also created immersive audio installations and a series of critically-lauded vinyl LPs 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:
Here are a few extracts from some of our live performances over the last few years. It’s the merest tip of the iceberg, but you have to start somewhere:
…And here are some videos of performances we’ve undertaken over the past few years, including our 2013 performance at Kings Place, where we quite literally played the building:
11th December – FSP at The Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, SE16 4 London. Details here.
10th December – Pascal Savy Two Day Residency – Including The Premier Of A Creak In Time
Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard’ 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG. Details here.
25th November – Betabet Season 2
The Rosehill, 70 -71 Rosehill Terrace, Brighton, BN1 4JJ UK. Details here.
7th November – Mandagsklubben: Robin The Fog (Tapes) with Jim Slade (Sax)
6th November – Smålands Kulturfestival på Funkisfabriken: Robin The Fog (Tapes) with Jim Slade (Sax)
Funkisfabriken, Gemlagatan 1, 34371 Diö, Sweden. Details here.
4th November – The Museum Of Last Parties: Jonny Trunk’s Workshop Of Radiophonics featuring DJ Food vs. Howlround (SOLD OUT)
Museum Of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y. Details here.
16th October – Chris Cutler / Howlround / Víctor Mazón Gardoqui
Radio Revolten Club, Rathausstraße 3, Halle (Saale), 06108 Deutschland. Details here.
9th October – London Month Of The Dead presents Aural Ectoplasm: A Candlelit performance with Howlround
Brompton Cemetery Chapel, as part of London Month Of The Dead. Details here.
1st September – Happening2, DIY Space for London
96-108 Ormside Street, SE15 1TF. Details here.
12th August: Full of Noises Archive Night 1
13th July – Resonance FM Live to Air at White City
East Tower, BBC Television Centre,89 Wood Lane, W12 + Broadcast live on 104.4FM. Details here
352A Mare St, Hackney, E8. Details here.
23rd July – Linear Obsessional Live at Vinyl Deptford
4 Tanners Hill, SE8. Details here.