Black Dog Traditions of England

by Ian Humberstone, David Chatton Barker et al.

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Black Dog Traditions of England tells the tales of eight spectre-hounds in an expansive, multi-disciplinary box-set. It is the product of extensive fieldwork conducted throughout 2015, as well as research dating back to 2007.

The LP features acousmatic sound compositions, site-specific field-recordings and original audio of local storytellers spinning out their black dog yarns. The hand-treated and rust-degraded film contained on the DVD incorporates materials gathered in the field, such as ashes from the fireplace at Dob Park Lodge and scorched waterweed from Troller’s Gill. The project book is notable in its own right—a detailed, original study tracing the history of each black dog story from its earliest textual source to the present day. The book also includes a map and full-colour photographs from the project’s many expeditions. An embossed, hand-numbered and hand-stamped box holds the contents firm.

The box-set is a reliquary of objects, stories and sounds centuries, if not millennia, in the making. These are resonances of the never-was: artworks informed by those long-forgotten who, out lurking in the half-light of a country lane, saw shapes somehow darker than the surrounding night that preyed upon their idle minds.

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“Site-specific field recordings of bells, rivers and birdsong merge with horror film drones plus yarns from local storytellers to create eight immersive soundscapes that bring these ancient tales up to date. […] Occult viewing: take a ringside seat.”
- Record Collector

“a highly entertaining and imaginatively engaging survey of the black dog legends of England which wears its in-depth research lightly, making it accessible to all. Beautifully presented as ever, it is an exquisite work of art underpinned by genuine scholarship.”
- Sparks in Electric Jelly

“the attention to detail is astounding, from historical research to execution: a multi-media treat, a treasure trove in a black box […] a mystical listening experience, one that disorients with its sense of unfamiliarity […] one of the year’s best releases to date.”
- A Closer Listen

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released March 3, 2016

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