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Occultural Creatures Vol.I - Black Dog Traditions of England
Artist
Ian Humberstone & David Chatton Barker et al.
ReleaseProduct
Occultural Creatures Vol.I - Black Dog Traditions of England
Label
Folklore Tapes
Catalogue Number
FTOCI
Release Date
March 2016
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    • 80-page booklet by Ian Humberstone
    • 1 x LP featuring original compositions and sound collages by the Folklore Tapes collective
    • DVD featuring a film about Black Dog traditions by David Chatton Barker
    • Two risograph posters
    • Printed postcard
    • Download code redeemable from the label
    • Housed inside an embossed, hand-numbered and hand-stamped box
    • Limited to 500 copies worldwide

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Folklore Tapes head activists Ian Humberstone & David Chatton Barker unveil one of the label's most exquisitely haunting releases yet, Occultural Creatures Vol.I - Black Dog Traditions of England. Consisting of a deluxe, eighty-page book written by Ian Humberstone that spins tales of Black Dog shadows from around the moors of England plus an accompaniment film DVD and a soundtrack album. Having been performing this piece at folklore nights around the UK in recent months there has been much anticipation for Ian's research to be committed to paper. Consisting of site-specific photographs and original transcripts of accounts of locals' brushes with the phantom hounds on the moors they roam, this is deeply unnerving stuff. Coming accompanied by an LP of original recordings spun into a mixture of acousmatic sound compositions, site-specific field recordings and original audio of local storytellers all composed by Ian and featuring extensive composition by David Chatton Barker that's as cinematic as it is chilling. Much like the labels highly lauded Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor boxset, Occultural Creatures Vol.I is a beautifully packaged and well-researched item that expands on the label's remit for releasing hand packaged artifacts and creates something that stands out as much more than an LP with a story behind it. Much like similar LP's from this world such as Finders Keepers lost library spooks Supernatural Lancashire to The Lost Tapes Record club's Conet project referencing radiolore, this book/LP/DVD boxset is full of imagination and wonderment that will educate as well as celebrate tales of black dog horror from long lost times. Massive recommendation for the occultists, Summerisle residents and anyone looking to get lost in some of the most fully immersive world of Black Dog traditions of England.

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  1. 1 Black Dog Traditions England (Excerpts) 5:45 Ian Humberstone & David Chatton Barker et al.

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