Berberian Sound Studio

January 7, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 7, 2013
  • Label: Warp Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Warp Records Limited
  • Total Length: 37:27
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00ARMP64G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,934 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on January 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
'Berberian Sound Studio,' which contains Broadcast's soundtrack work for the recent Peter Strickland film of the same name (and which was composed and partially recorded before singer Trish Keenan's death in 2011), is a rather strange and unique--even scary--listening experience that recalls the band's collaboration with the Focus Group from a few years ago. It's more of a musical collage than an actual album, with 39 "songs" stuffed into its 38 minutes, producing a myriad of sounds and moods, and resulting in an extremely kaleidoscopic listen.

Much like their work with the Focus Group, these songs are heavily influenced by 60's and 70's European "library music" (music made cheaply available for use in TV shows and movies), especially the minimalist, retro/futuristic type used in the weird French and Italian art-house films from the era. The music in the 70's British TV show 'Space 1999,' for those interested, is a pretty apt comparison to the style found here, and a good example of the kind of library music Trish Keenan and James Cargill are influenced by, as that show used some of the same composers--sometimes even the exact same compositions--that those cult movies used.

But this soundtrack is so much more than just an homage. The music here needs to be experienced as a whole, imo, as each song blends seamlessly into the next, producing a vibe that is at times mysterious and ominous, at times blissful, and at times just-plain-horrifying. These tracks are mostly surrealistic mood pieces, with lots of drones and effects, no real lyrics, and seemingly very little structure, but songs like the hypnotic, eerie-yet-soothing "The North Downs Dimension" and the classic Broadcast, "60's futuristic" lounge-pop of "The Equestrian Vortex" are no less absorbing because of that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay Murphy on November 1, 2013
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“Berberian Sound Studio” is a soundtrack which features the last known tracks Broadcast recorded. But beware, Broadcast fans- with thirty-nine tracks at under thirty-eight minutes and quite a bit of that containing dialog and sounds from the film, these are basically fragments of Broadcast with no real songs per se. Having said that, the disc is enjoyable to listen to, particularly if you’re into the avant-garde genre, dig eclectic soundtracks, and/or you’re a Broadcast completist. When taken in context with their previous effort “Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age”, their direction seemed headed toward short, collage-like pieces.

I already miss Trish Keenan and the wonderful sonic world she created with partner James Cargill.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle on March 8, 2013
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I feel so uninspired by this soundtrack, that i even find it hard to muster up the capacity to write a review. So i will refrain real description and merely say this: All the music reviewers who compared it to Goblin's work were flat out wrong. But perhaps i missed something??? There was definitely some Goblin homage or influence. But so so so sub-par. And just on occasion. And all the unique components of the soundtrack were not intriguing or engaging. Some moments were even goofy. Like B-horror style. Just not what i was expecting. It is the type of soundtrack that is great for being heard in the context of the movie, but not flat out for solo auditory pleasure. Even three stars is pushing it for me. Perhaps Broadcast fans would enjoy it just for comparison.
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...Okay. It is several days later and i am extending this review. I am attempting to let this album grow on me. Here is the deal at this point: I like to be able to pull individual tracks from a horror score, and to listen to them as a free-standing piece of music which is taken out of the context of the movie. And you see, that is what i CAN NOT do with this soundtrack. So if you also like to listen to individual cuts and are looking to fulfill that purpose, then this album may pose a problem for you.
But.... if you are fine with having to listen to the entire score straight through in order to hear a cohesive (well,sort of cohesive, ha) piece of music, then this may work for you. Hope that makes sense. But still, the moments of auditory pleasure are brief and choppy, interjected with moments of cheese and noise. It is almost as if there are fragments of music that could be amazing, but are never fully fleshed out. It is a tease! It seems disjointed and unrealized. Hmmmmm.
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