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Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry on the trance-inducing powers of making music in 6/8 time

See also: Dead Can Dance at Buell Theatre, 8/19/12

Dead Can Dance was formed in 1981 in Australia by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, who later moved to London. The pair quickly absorbed the emotional intensity and urgency of the most interesting post-punk bands of the era, and the group's self-titled debut showcased much of that early influence but also hinted at the duo's interest in archaic music both Western and decidedly not-Western.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.