Ambient, Avant-garde, Electronic, Drone
Richard Skelton is an English musician. Over the past seventeen years he has recorded over fifty albums and EPs of music. A DIY advocate, most of his music has been self-released, either via Sustain-Release (2005-2011) or Corbel Stone Press (2009+). Renown for his expressive and innovative use of acoustic instruments, his much-imitated treatment of strings — at once visceral and haunting — began in 2007 on the album ‘Box of Birch’, and was later developed on his trio of ground-breaking recordings, ‘Marking Time’ (2008), ‘Landings’ (2009) and ‘Verse of Birds’ (2011). His work has been lauded by Gramophone, Mojo, Q, Record Collector and The Quietus, among others, and in 2011 he was featured on the cover of The Wire magazine. In 2013 he was shortlisted for a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award, and in 2014 he was a finalist for the Arts Foundation Award for Experimental Music. An online archive of his work is maintained at aeolian.bandcamp.com.
Since 2009 he has been co-director of the multi-media publishing house Corbel Stone Press, with the Canadian poet Autumn Richardson. Together they curate the biannual journal of eco-poetics and esoteric literature, Reliquiae.
"Skelton is one of the UK’s most prolific and consistently impressive experimental musicians, the creator of slow-moving yet unexpectedly gruelling drone-based music..." - The Guardian