Around the time Broadcast lead singer Trish Keenan succumbed tragically to pneumonia in January of last year, the band was workshopping a soundtrack for a film called Berberian Sound Studio, a Peter Strickland-directed, psychological thriller following a British sound engineer as he suffers from a nervous breakdown while working on a low-budget, '70s Italian horror film called The Equestrian Vortex. Broadcast's contribution to the film, taking cues from the work of classic Giallo horror composers like Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai and Goblin, was originally intended to score to the fictional film The Equestrian Vortex, but James Cargill, the band's sole remaining member, ended up including swatches of diegetic sound from the greater film, like screams and dialogue and limb-severing sound effects. Warp will release the Berberian Sound Studio soundtrack on the week of January 8th in CD, LP and digital formats, but you can pre-order a copy via Bleep. Listen to the titular theme, above, and watch a trailer for the film below.
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