If you’re reading this blog, maybe you stumbled in here from Anime Nano or a link from some other anime blog. If you’re on the hunt for more topical anime blog entries, then maybe this entry isn’t for you. But, on the other hand, I hope it still could be. I like writing about anime and manga. But those aren’t my only interests, and aren’t the only subjects I want to write about in this blog. I also like music, feel compelled to post about it from time to time, and feel really compelled to post something when a tragedy like this happens. So bear with me for a minute.

Broadcast have been one of my favorite bands over the past decade. So often compared to both 60s innovators White Noise and 90s heroes Stereolab, they slowly worked their way out from under the shadow of both of those bands to become one of the most creative bands of our young century. Over the course of four albums and a respectable number of other releases and collaborations, they excavated a glorious future-vision of 60s lounge and electronic music, and put a spin on old sounds that was all their own. Later albums, particularly Haha Sound and Tender Buttons, found them moving beyond simple pastiche and into bold, experimental territory, which was often anything but “pleasant” listening but still maintained their music’s pop foundation.

Earlier this morning, Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan passed away from complications with pneumonia. Many reports state that she had been battling H1N1. Whatever her fate, it’s a tragic loss for music. Radiohead aside, perhaps no other band today has continuously evolved and challenged themselves in so many big ways as Broadcast. Despite their growing fondness for recording instrumental tracks, Keenan’s cool but never quite “detached” vocals — which always carried a particularly comforting quality for me — were an irreplaceable part of their sound. Nearly any album would be a suitable starting point for a would-be fan, but perhaps Haha Sound best encapsulates the “Broadcast sound,” a document showing both where they’d been and the bold direction they were heading towards.

There haven’t been many Broadcast AMVs. In fact, the Org only lists one, that being Jnzk’s excellent “Trauma,” which is probably one of the top ten AMVs I’ve ever seen. It’s thoughtful and appropriately-dreamy, just creepy enough to channel the vibes of the series but also sweet and comforting in a way few AMVs of this vein ever are.

It’s also been less than five months since Satoshi Kon passed away. If you enjoy his work (particularly Paranoia Agent) and enjoy AMVs, then this video is a must-see. Other AMVs will directly pay tribute to Kon, but Trauma celebrates his vision as I like to think he would have approved of.

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