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Saturday, 15 January 2011

rip Trish Keenan

I was so sad to hear of the death of Trish Keenan of Broadcast yesterday, far too young and still with so much to offer, and want to add to the expressions of sympathy for her family and friends. I first fell for the sound of Broadcast in the mid-90s, and was pulled quietly in further with each release, as the band seemed to take inspirational leaps into the unknown. That was as true for Trish's voice as for the Broadcast sound. At once ethereal and yet grounded in some unsettling otherworld, listening to Broadcast over the years was as surprising as it was mesmerising, as Trish's voice seemed to develop in tandem with the music she made with the band, expanding in range and experimental playfulness. I couldn't wait to see what would follow Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age, and also to hear more of Trish in interviews. An excerpt of her from Joseph Stannard's Broadcast interview for The Wire magazine in 2009 sums up why.

"When you make music in backwards time travel it's shadowy or faint impression, as though you're looking back through two clouded lenses, one is the time travel portal the other is a false recollection process. In a way, when I go back to my own memories I feel as if that's not me either, when I think about myself as 13 or 20 I feel a disconnection from that person. It's the same with dreams. When you recall the events it never really happened to the waking you, but to the dreaming you. Memories are waking dreams and dreams are sleeping memories, when you make music inspired by this process you begin to break down conventional form in the same way that dreams and memories never start at the beginning or finish at the end. It seems to me that the past is always happening now, all previous events have positioned us here philosophically, geographically, and in the present we are always in memory ... unless you're a Zen monk of course."

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