Episode 40: White Noise

Veröffentlicht am von Christopher Tauber am 27. Oktober, 2014

For the acknowledged music afficionado, this title might be a giveaway on what we would like to recommend to you today: No book, no movie, no comic…. today is all about the music.

If you never heard about our first recommendation, don’t sweat it. The british experimental formation White Noise is not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, and I guess in the year of it’s publishing their first and most famous album „An electric storm“ had no chance at all at becoming a mainstream success. Interesting enough, when comparing it to modern electronic and pop-music, you may find they started something that today seems quite normal, if you substract some of the whakiness of the 60ies. Founding member Delia Derbyshire did actually work for the BBC radio programme workshop and so she also had her hands on some Dr. Who stuff… I know I have every nerd’s attention now.

So I just move on to another band, who definitely got inspired by „An electric storm“, among other influences. Also a british piece, the great band Broadcast seems like a modern tribute to obscure music from the 60ies per se. Be it psychedelic folk artists like Vashti Bunyan, Magnet or even czech movie soundtracks like the one from the great and grotesque „Valerie a týden divu„. One of their songs is even called „Valerie„, so the reference is more than clear. Sadly, front singer Trish Keenan passed away in 2011. Nonetheless, Broadcast recently composed the soundtrack for the also enjoyably weird „Berberian Sound Studio„. My favorite Broadcast album though has to be the 2005 release „Tender Buttons„. It really does push those of mine.

And while you’re at it, you might also enjoy the soundtrack for the already mentioned „Valerie and her week of wonders“, composed by Luboš Fišer.

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