Psyché Tropes Episode 1
11pm, 28 March 2022 on Resonance 104.4FM

Psyché Tropes Episode 1, presented by Steven McInerney explores various sound and musical works from experimental film and video, installation, performance, expanded cinema and other rare forms of multimedia.

Kicking of the inaugural episode is a piece called Murzim by Rose Kallal. Kallal is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist working within installation, film and sound. Employing a hypnotic repetition of patterns and motifs, her film works incorporate a wide range of technical processes, such as analogue video synthesis/ feedback, computer animation, and 16mm film, accompanied by her electronic sound scores using modular synthesis.

Breach Three by Zeno Van den Broek is a testament to the blackened sounds of tectonic shifts shaking the worn habits of society’s nature and nurture. Zeno van den Broek is a Dutch composer and artist whose works investigate and unsettle the relationships between people and fabricated surroundings. He utilises audiovisual means to create site- and concept-specific works which interrogate conventional conceptions of our experience of space.

Following on is a piece called Microdot by IOME, forthcoming on Psyché Tropes. IOME is an expanded multimedia project utilising 16mm, digital projection and live electronics to explore the emergent phenomenon of trichromatic perception.

Vice Verca Et Cetera by Simon Payne is the soundtrack to an animated film. Ten variations of four transitions transform the screen from one field of clashing complementary colours to another, via radiating, sweeping and twisting graphic dividing lines.

Samahdi, a 1967 short by Jordan Belson with music composed by John Luther Adams is inspired by the principles of yogic meditation: the movement of consciousness towards Samadhi (union of subject and object), the fusion of Atma (breath and mind), a state which reveals the divine force of Kundalini, a bright white light we discover at the end of Samadhi.

Forthcoming on Psyché Tropes is an optical sound work by Richard Reeves titled Linear Dreams from 1997. Reeves is a Canadian animator who paints directly onto 35mm film to create the visual and the sound. This piece precedes the soundtrack to Word Movie by Paul Sharits from 1966 combining fluxus and structural cinema elements.

Viridian are an ethereal blend of image, voice, cello and double bass which re-imagines folkloric forms and tropes of femininity. Improvisation of both sound and image produce a dialogic blend of textural depths. Dissociative states, keening, and the supernatural enspirit the ensemble; each performance evokes utterances, nonsensical languages, and trans-species forms of communication through collective rhythm, tone and resonance.

Closing the episode is an excerpt from Eduard Artemiev's soundtrack to Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky.