Pholde is Alan Bloor’s dark ambient project. It was started in 2002.

    The sounds are produced from metal of different tensile strengths, sizes, and thicknesses in which reverb is the only effect being used.

    Homemade custom metal instruments, as well as circular saw blades, car springs, iron meshing, and fan blades are bowed and scraped with hand files, smooth and threaded metal rods, angle iron, and blocks of steel to produce atmospheric, haunting soundscapes.

    Pholde releases have been issued on such labels as C3R, AFE, Cohort, Blade, Gears of Sand and Dark Winter among others. Pholde has also collaborated with Aidan Baker, Scott M2, and Jamie Todd on several occasions.



photo: Alan Bloor