The Ramsgate Hovercraft releases smartphone app

The new Hovercraft app creates a unique personal musical experience by tracking your GPS location. The app contains around nine hours of new, original Hovercraft loops. Each loop is tagged with a location somewhere in Ramsgate so that as you approach it becomes louder and as you get further away it becomes quieter and disappears – so as you walk around Ramsgate you are accompanied by a brand-new, ever-changing Hovercraft mix.

For the next week the app is free in celebration of the Ramsgate Festival of Sound. Currently only available for Android, you can find it on Amazon Appstore. An iPhone version of the app is expected to be ready in two to three months.

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The Ramsgate Hovercraft – Dithyramb now on Spotify

Thanks to the work of our very good friends at sp8kauf the band’s latest album Dithyramb is now available for streaming on Spotify. And don’t forget you can still purchase the limited-edition double vinyl release from Bandcamp and get a full download thrown in.

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Record Collector magazine loves The Hovercraft’s Cinéma Vérité

Record Collector magazine has given four stars to The Ramsgate Hovercraft’s new album Cinéma Vérité in a review in the current edition, describing it as “a sumptuous feast that not only soundtracks the deepest layers of the human condition, but serves as a wonderful reminder that music can take you places you’d never even dared imagine”. Read the full review here. Buy the album here.

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The Ramsgate Hovercraft: new album released

The Ramsgate Hovercraft have released their new album Cinéma Vérité, containing nearly 100 minutes of new music in the unique Hovercraft style and presented in a classic gatefold sleeve holding one 12″ LP, one full-length CD and original art inserts including a hand-printed photograph by internationally acclaimed photographer Jason Evans. The package is available now on Bandcamp, where you can also listen to tracks from the album, and digital and streaming editions will be available on 1st March 2015. And don’t forget that the Hovercraft will be performing live at the album launch party on 28th February at Ramsgate Music Hall, where they will play tracks from the new album as well as favourites from their debut album, Arcane Empire (also available at Bandcamp)  – tickets available now.

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The Ramsgate Hovercraft – photoshoot with Jason Evans

On Sunday the weather, the tide and the light were good for the Hovercraft to spend the afternoon in the company of renowned photographer Jason Evans who took us out in Pegwell Bay for a photoshoot. It’s a beautiful, tranquil spot (now that there are no actual hovercraft), favoured by Jason for its light, reflections and skies – something that J M W Turner also famously remarked on. It also has the kind of mud that’ll suck the boots right off your feet – unless, like Jason, you choose to go barefoot. Here are a couple of photos of the shoot in progress (thanks Susan Kennedy).

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Arcane Empire

It’s not just about mucking around with hovercraft – mainly what happens here is making music. So here’s an announcement: the album will be called Arcane Empire and it will be out later this year. It’s going to be a big fat double album on vinyl (but also available for download) in a beautiful gatefold sleeve. We’ve put together a short taste of what to expect, but keep watching for more teasers.