Richard Skelton - where to begin?

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No thread on this guy! I read the recent Invisible Jukebox piece in The Wire and need some help navigating a huge discography. Any fans?

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Wednesday, 1 January 2014 21:37 (five years ago) link

I don't know his work that well, but I like the album "Landings" on Type.

My god. Pure ideology. (ey), Wednesday, 1 January 2014 21:40 (five years ago) link

Landings is totally amazing. I've only heard Verse Of Birds otherwise, but wasn't as impressed.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 1 January 2014 21:41 (five years ago) link

Landings is the place to start.

There's a small amount of conversation about Skelton here:

The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others

djh, Wednesday, 1 January 2014 22:29 (five years ago) link

I've got Landings and it's pretty awesome. Where to go from there?

intimately bellowing (staggerlee), Thursday, 2 January 2014 04:54 (five years ago) link

I'm a big fan of the Wolf Notes album he recorded with his partner...
http://aeolian.bandcamp.com/album/wolf-notes

Barnaby, Hardly, Thursday, 2 January 2014 11:32 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9iE3u2PGAo

am0n, Thursday, 2 January 2014 18:05 (five years ago) link

Think you can happily dip in to any of his back catalogue and find something of interest, particularly if any of the themes or places appeal to you.

djh, Thursday, 2 January 2014 20:09 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Does anyone own any of the particularly nicely packaged releases (as opposed to the jewel case/slip case releases)?

djh, Thursday, 23 January 2014 20:03 (five years ago) link

Struck by the thought that he is famed for his artifacts yet, in my entire collection, he is the artist I listen to most on scrappy CD-Rs (burned from the *skura DVD).

djh, Friday, 24 January 2014 10:21 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

Missed this, from April:

http://www.corbelstonepress.com/archival-4.htm

djh, Sunday, 13 July 2014 23:13 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Just noticed (having finished "On Silbury Hill") that Little Toller have commissioned a monograph from Richard Skelton ("Fen Wall").

djh, Monday, 11 August 2014 20:37 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

http://www.corbelstonepress.com/nimrod.htm

djh, Monday, 15 September 2014 21:28 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Just been delayed by up to a month.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:51 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...
three months pass...

http://aeolian.bandcamp.com/album/diagrams-for-the-summoning-of-wolves

a new long piece (or short album) by *AR (Skelton/Richardson)

Dinsdale, Sunday, 15 February 2015 21:23 (four years ago) link

Got given this and the inward circles album yesterday - haven't really digested them yet, only a couple of listens each, but they're really great so far, even listening on rubbish laptop speakers which is all I've had a chance to do.

toby, Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:23 (four years ago) link

Does anyone own any of the particularly nicely packaged releases (as opposed to the jewel case/slip case releases)?

way late on this, but yes - I have a wooden box w/exclusive CD and a load of artifacts - really awesome, one of my favourite things.

toby, Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:24 (four years ago) link

I've only ever managed to get any of the bound book editions, but they're all lovely as well.

Once you get to a certain stage with Richard he seems to let you know before general release about things - he sent me a mail at the back end of last year about Summoning of Wolves telling me I could have one of the last book editions.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:46 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Not Skelton but currently on tour with him and may appeal:

https://surfacetensionriverlea.bandcamp.com/releases

djh, Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:55 (four years ago) link

Toby from the Boomkat thread ... your birthday 2015 Skelton update?

djh, Sunday, 22 March 2015 22:08 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

New Skelton:

http://www.corbelstonepress.com/belatedmovements.htm

djh, Thursday, 9 April 2015 06:22 (four years ago) link

I still haven't listened to the previous one but good news regardless

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Thursday, 9 April 2015 09:23 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I've enjoyed playing "Belated Moments ..." a lot this week but the timing was particularly good (late night, fading wood burner, cottage in the middle of nowhere, everyone else asleep).

djh, Saturday, 25 April 2015 22:49 (four years ago) link

Yeah, this is a really good one.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Saturday, 25 April 2015 22:50 (four years ago) link

New version of "Landings":

http://corbelstonepress.com/landings.htm

(Must confess I have lost track of what versions of the album I own now).

djh, Saturday, 25 April 2015 22:51 (four years ago) link

Must come back to this thread when feeling more eloquent but this is really very good. Liking it a lot.

djh, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 20:30 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

From Twitter:

Adam Scovell ‏@AdamScovell · 7h7 hours ago
Another exciting bit of Holloway news is that it now has an original score by Richard Skelton and it sounds amazing.

djh, Sunday, 21 June 2015 20:58 (four years ago) link

Fancy edition sold out:

http://corbelstonepress.com/memorious-earth.htm

djh, Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:45 (four years ago) link

There's a new fancy edition now.

djh, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 18:50 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Dear friends,

'Memorious Earth' was the summation of our work in Cumbria, and in early August we'll be moving on, heading north of the border to look for new landscapes in Scotland. We're particularly interested in discovering communities with progressive environmental ideas who are welcoming of the kind of work we do. If you know of any, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

With that in mind, we'll be packing up and putting Corbel Stone Press on temporary hiatus, whilst we travel around Scotland. Whilst we may be able to arrange for some orders to be shipped whilst we are travelling, there may be delays in fulfilling them. All orders made before August 6th will be dispatched as usual.

(A quick note: there are just 3 copies left of the 'Memorious Earth CD-R edition').

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported our work in Cumbria.

With our warmest wishes,

Autumn & Richard.

djh, Sunday, 2 August 2015 15:39 (three years ago) link

http://littletoller.co.uk/bookshop/monographs/beyond-the-fell-wall/

djh, Thursday, 13 August 2015 20:28 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Collection:

http://www.corbelstonepress.com/srl-10th-anniversary.htm

Missed the physical edition of this, completely:

http://theinwardcircles.bandcamp.com/album/i-have-heard-a-music-and-it-is-delirious

djh, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 20:36 (three years ago) link

I missed that ep as well, somehow.

The collection would be lovely but it's an edition of 10 and even though there's lots there I don't have I think it belongs to the superfans.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 20:40 (three years ago) link

It hasn't sold out yet ...

djh, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 21:49 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http:​//corbelstonepress.​com/archival-5.​htm​

djh, Saturday, 26 December 2015 21:43 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Complete Sustain-Release USB stick. Essential and a bargain.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:18 (three years ago) link

Worth having, if you don't have most of the stuff already, certainly.

djh, Thursday, 21 January 2016 23:05 (three years ago) link

I haven't wandered too far away from Skelton's own stuff and Autumn Richards, so since this also includes the Archival Series to date it looks the best way to acquire those.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Friday, 22 January 2016 09:01 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Revisting Landings this afternoon. Wonderful record.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:09 (three years ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

I've been on a big mod classical kick (Julia Kent is my other big discovery), and Landings is remarkable. A couple questions about it:

It's out of print? The cheapest copy I can find on Amazon is $26 (and ships from Spain!).
Should I jump into The Complete Landings, or would Landings suffice?

Jenny Ondioleeene (Leee), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 21:47 (three years ago) link

I'm pretty sure the Type release is out of print now.

You could just go for this ... http://corbelstonepress.com/srl-10th-engraved-usb.htm

djh, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 17:10 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://towardsafrontier.wordpress.com/

djh, Monday, 6 June 2016 21:47 (three years ago) link

Contemplated making myself a "Best of" - or at least, a compilation for enjoying during a week in the Peak District - but suspect I will just end up picking out an album to take.

djh, Sunday, 19 June 2016 20:08 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

http://corbelstonepress.com/andrightlines.htm

djh, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:29 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Anyone read Richard's novel?

https://www.corbelstonepress.com/the-look-away

djh, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:38 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

I dug out an old Clouwbeck CD-r over the weekend - From Which the River Rises - and was captivated enough to think I was might have a revisit of as much of the Skelbo catalogue as I can find/manage.

I sort of feel that - along with Robert Macfarlane - he's got a lot to do with grip the 'lone enraptured male' has on a good deal of nature writing and ambient music. But, having been reminded of the delicacy and immensity he's capable of, I'm inclined from this distance to say baws to all of that and have another go.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:07 (four months ago) link

Which as a lone enraptured male myself is jolly decent of me, I think.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:10 (four months ago) link

I'm not really sure I would *blame* Skelton for much ... He does what he does very well but this doesn't feel overbearing.

I'm also a fan of Macfarlane and I could see that his "grip" feels more pronounced. I could almost imagine lots of nature-ish books only being repressed if he could be commissioned to write an intro.

I think there's a lot to be gained from immersing yourself in the "Skelbo catalogue".

djh, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 23:25 (four months ago) link

I don't know why I've come to associate the two - something to do with timing, I suppose, and the proximity to which I discovered both artists. Fwiw, I was mostly being facetious and wasn't calling Skelton's honesty and commitment into question. I met him once (and Autumn), around the time of Landings. He'd just performed a live soundtrack to a contemporary dance piece; he was great, absorbing company. As for Macfarlane, The Wild Places is magnificent.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:50 (four months ago) link

Oh, there's definitely a connection - particularly around language (obscure words)/nature.

djh, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:00 (four months ago) link

Sure, and they've collaborated a few times, right? Skelton is namechecked in The Old Ways and he has a presence in Landmarks, I believe?

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:40 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

Listening to Border Ballads right now and greatly enjoying its Gavin Bryars-esque moods. I'm not acquainted with the rest of his rather extensive catalogue – any particular titles I should check out?

pomenitul, Friday, 5 July 2019 11:40 (two weeks ago) link

I'd go straight to Landings, then Box of Birch (under the A Broken Consort name) and maybe the From Which the River Rises EP by Clouwbeck.

The book that accompanies Landings is excellent and you get a real sense of the whole project.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, 5 July 2019 11:53 (two weeks ago) link

Noted. Thanks!

pomenitul, Friday, 5 July 2019 12:03 (two weeks ago) link

I'd also suggest going straight for Landings. Strangely, i'd thought this conversation had already happened but I can't see it.

It might be worth searching for one of the compilations of all his tracks.

djh, Friday, 5 July 2019 23:23 (two weeks ago) link

Landings thirded. Wolf Notes is another good one.

We've definitely done this before but I don't think there's a different Skelton thread. It's not on the Boomkat Classical thread?

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 6 July 2019 13:43 (two weeks ago) link

While we're at it, how does Border Ballads compare to his previous work?

pomenitul, Saturday, 6 July 2019 13:45 (two weeks ago) link

I think it's one of the ones I listen to the least (but I might be confusing it with verse of birds).

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 6 July 2019 13:52 (two weeks ago) link

It just came out this year.

pomenitul, Saturday, 6 July 2019 13:55 (two weeks ago) link

Then I don't think I've heard it?

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 6 July 2019 13:57 (two weeks ago) link

I am just generally confused these days.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 6 July 2019 13:57 (two weeks ago) link

I think that "The Shape Leaves," also under the Broken Consort moniker, is much better than "A Box of Birch," but yes, start with "Landings."

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 6 July 2019 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

I am just generally confused these days.

You and me both!

pomenitul, Saturday, 6 July 2019 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

I spent some time listening to various Skelton albums earlier this year and as such the new one didn't make a huge impression on me. It was good but didn't separate itself from the pack for me.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 6 July 2019 16:10 (two weeks ago) link


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