Peter Strickland’sBerberian Sound Studiohas emerged as one of the most critically acclaimed indie films of the year, gaining comparisons to the mastery of David Lynch and Francis Ford Coppola with Time Out London saying the “stylistically ambitious, morally radical, thematically complex work…deserves the highest praise”. This turns out to also be an apt description of the film’s sublime soundtrack, composed by Broadcast (aka Trish Keenan and James Cargill), before Trish’s untimely passing last year.
Initially conceived as the soundtrack toThe Equestrian Vortex, the film-within-a-film (watch opening credits here:http://youtu.be/H7zIfUwwoQ0)around whichBerberian Sound Studiounfolds, it would eventually spill outwards to encapsulate the entire world Strickland had created and populated with eccentric, magnetic characters. On it’s own, the music sets a sinister and atmospheric tone that still exists well within Broadcast’s sonic universe.
The film’s plot, which involves a British sound recordist’s slowly degenerating mental state while working in an Italian film studio, has clearly been one driving force behind the music as has the work of pioneering Italian composers such as Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai. Working closely with Strickland as well as the film’s supervising sound editor Joakim Sundstrom, Cargill wove in sound effects, screams and snatches of dialogue in order to bring elements of the film back into the soundtrack. The outcome is the rare piece of film music that not only enhances the visual, but exists on it’s own as an independent work, and one that is an invaluable edition to Broadcast’s inimitable history.
01 A Breeze Through the Burford Spur 02 The Equestrian Vortex 03 Beautiful Hair 04 Malleus Maleficarum 05 Mark of the Devil 06 Confession Modulation 07 Monica’s Fall 08 Teresa’s Song (Sorrow) 09 The North Downs Dimension 10 Collatina is Coming 11 Such Tender Things 12 Teresa, Lark of Ascension 13 Monica’s Burial (Under the Junipers) 14 Found Scalded, Found Drowned 15 Monica (Her Parents Have Been Informed) 16 The Fifth Claw 17 Saducismus Triumphatus 18 The Gallops 19 They’re Here, They’re Under Us 20 Collatina, Mark of Damnation 21 Treatise 22 A Goblin 23 The Equestrian Library 24 The Serpent’s Semen 25 Burnt at the Stake 26 All Chiffchaffs 27 The Curfew After the Massacre 28 Poultry In Mind 29 The Sacred marriage 30 Valeria’s Burial (Under the Fort) 31 Edda’s Burial (Under the Clumps) 32 The Game’s Up 33 It Must’ve Been the Magpies 34 The Dormitory Window 35 Anima di Cristo 36 His World is My Shed 37 Collatina’s Folly 38 Here Comes the Sabbath, There Goes the Cross 39 Our Darkest Sabbath
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