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Berberian Sound Studio
Artist
Broadcast
ReleaseProduct
Berberian Sound Studio
Label
Warp
Cat. No.
WARPCDD233
Release Date
January 2013
39 Tracks
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At the time of Trish Keenan’s passing away two years ago, Broadcast were working on an original soundtrack to alt-horror movie ‘Berberian Sound Studio’, and its release in 2013 using takes from sessions with Keenan was not only a fitting tribute to an essential member of the group, but a haunting and poised piece of work in its own right.

The album is a substantial collection of taut miniatures, mostly clocking in under 2 minutes, which create a sense of overwhelming suspense not through straightforward drones or similar, but by a sense of constant volatility. Take ‘Monica’s Fall’, where blood curdling guitar screams and a smashing bottle puncture a domestic conversation in Italian to leave a lasting impact in 24 seconds, or ‘Saducismus Triumphatus’, where the minute fluctuations in the ticking of a clock convey a sense of dark tension through restricted means and duration.

These sharper moments are beautifully offset by passages of luxurious instrumental lilts, with ‘The Gallops’ recalling the sinister English power of the Wicker Man in its breathy alto flutes and toy percussion. It is the experience of listening and re-listening to the soundtrack apart from its visual counterpart which makes ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ so fulfilling, with the sounds suggesting a narrative that the listener is an alluring distance from, particularly if they don’t understand Italian. Ultimately, Broadcast offer much more than an accompaniment, with the record suggesting a space through which the imagination can wander freely without a dogmatic storyline dictating the meaning of this richly ambiguous record.



  1. 1 A Breeze Through the Burford Spur 0:36 Broadcast Buy…
  2. 2 The Equestrian Vortex 1:21 Broadcast Buy…
  3. 3 Beautiful Hair 1:00 Broadcast Buy…
  4. 4 Malleus Maleficarum 0:45 Broadcast Buy…
  5. 5 Mark of the Devil 0:40 Broadcast Buy…
  6. 6 Confession Modulation 0:27 Broadcast Buy…
  7. 7 Monica's Fall 0:24 Broadcast Buy…
  8. 8 Teresa?s Song (Sorrow) 0:58 Broadcast Buy…
  9. 9 The North Downs Dimension 1:05 Broadcast Buy…
  10. 10 Collatina is Coming 1:22 Broadcast Buy…
  11. 11 Such Tender Things 0:47 Broadcast Buy…
  12. 12 Teresa, Lark of Ascension 3:37 Broadcast Buy…
  13. 13 Monica?s Burial (Under the Junipers) 1:00 Broadcast Buy…
  14. 14 Found Scalded, Found Drowned 0:56 Broadcast Buy…
  15. 15 Monica (Her Parents Have Been Informed) 0:57 Broadcast Buy…
  16. 16 The Fifth Claw 1:26 Broadcast Buy…
  17. 17 Saducismus Triumphatus 0:33 Broadcast Buy…
  18. 18 The Gallops 1:04 Broadcast Buy…
  19. 19 They're Here, They're Under Us 0:23 Broadcast Buy…
  20. 20 Collatina, Mark of Damnation 1:37 Broadcast Buy…
  21. 21 Treatise 1:02 Broadcast Buy…
  22. 22 A Goblin 0:32 Broadcast Buy…
  23. 23 The Equestrian Library 0:54 Broadcast Buy…
  24. 24 The Serpent's Semen 0:06 Broadcast Buy…
  25. 25 Burnt at the Stake 1:33 Broadcast Buy…
  26. 26 All Chiffchaffs 0:31 Broadcast Buy…
  27. 27 The Curfew After the Massacre 0:30 Broadcast Buy…
  28. 28 Poultry In Mind 0:24 Broadcast Buy…
  29. 29 The Sacred Marriage 1:12 Broadcast Buy…
  30. 30 Valeria's Burial (Under the Fort) 0:54 Broadcast Buy…
  31. 31 Edda's Burial (Under the Clumps) 0:41 Broadcast Buy…
  32. 32 The Game's Up 0:37 Broadcast Buy…
  33. 33 It Must've Been the Magpies 0:48 Broadcast Buy…
  34. 34 The Dormitory Window 0:58 Broadcast Buy…
  35. 35 Anima di Cristo 0:31 Broadcast Buy…
  36. 36 His World is My Shed 0:49 Broadcast Buy…
  37. 37 Collatina's Folly 0:47 Broadcast Buy…
  38. 38 Here Comes the Sabbath, There Goes the Cross 0:32 Broadcast Buy…
  39. 39 Our Darkest Sabbath 3:08 Broadcast Buy…

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