Black Dog Traditions of England

by Ian Humberstone

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    • 12” LP and download code • DVD containing a 12-minute, hand-treated 16mm film • full-colour, 80-page reasearch book • two risograph posters • postcard • all contents captured in an embossed, hand-numbered and hand-stamped box • limited edition of 500

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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

“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

From the Folklore Tapes website:

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 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—an 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 photographs from the project’s many expeditions. An embossed, hand-numbered and hand-stamped box holds the contents firm.


released March 3, 2016


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