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Brief Published: 8 Jan 2013

Broadcast’s ‘Hauntological’ Soundtrack


The remarkable aesthetic of the ‘hauntology’ movement is showcased this week via the release of UK psych-tronica band Broadcast’s soundtrack to British horror film Berberian Sound Studio.

The hauntology style evokes the retro, bleached-out look and wonky soundtracks of 70s and 80s children’s TV shows like Chocky, as well as the pioneering musique concrete of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop (currently being recreated on The Space, the online arts hub built by the BBC and the Arts Council England).

Poster artwork for Berberian Sound Studio (an indie fave in 2012) was created by hauntological lynchpin Julian House, head of influential UK design agency Intro. He’s applied this spooky aesthetic to campaigns for the likes of UK pop legend Elton John, Mancunian rockers Oasis, British publishing house Penguin Books – and, of course, Broadcast themselves, who have also released tracks on House’s own Ghost Box record label.

For more dark and devient themes take a look at our Morbid Matters: Culture of Death and Dark Matters reports, as well as Death Becomes Her for fashion inspiration. 

Berberian Sound Studio soundtrack by Broadcast