Series outline

The Psychosonic Cinema radio series plays on Resonance FM in London. A total of 52 episodes were produced from early 2014 to early 2015, airing Tuesdays @ 10.30pm and repeated on late night Sundays @ 2.30am London time. The show was then repeated in total across 2016 and 2017. The show relaunched with new episodes in late 2019, airing Fridays @ 11.00pm and repeated on late night Mondays @ 1.00am London time. As of mid June 2020, 90 episodes have been completed. All shows are now available via the Resonance FM MixCloud site (embedded players are in each of the page links below).

The series covers 6 strains of film music:

  • Big Beat Jive

    pseudo-jazzy 'rock'n'roll, hopped-up brass & 'cool' bopping

  • Hard Rock Freak-Out

    fuzz, fuzz and more fuzz, with occasional bongos

  • Funked-Up Grooves

    black gold, black oil & the black side of Hollywood

  • Electronic Soundscapes

    squawking synthesizers, googly rumbles & Echoplex fetishes

  • Atomic Atonality

    orchestral miasma, Prog delusions & anything but Wagner

  • Easy Sexy Listening

    slinky saxophones, breathy women - you know the score

Each week features a selection of tracks from all sorts of scores which loosely fit one of those groupings. Most of them are from my vinyl collection, so the odd scratch and pop makes an appearance. Some tracks would be known to those who appreciate the "dissonant", "gaudy" and "tacky" end of the film score (they're not my terms: these are terms often bandied about by 'serious' film score aesthetes waxing lyrical about the great white-haired giants of Hollywood symphonia), but a lot of it will be new and interesting material to many people.

For each 90 minute show there's around 20 tracks played, peppered with about 20 minutes talk. I segue tracks and then make short comments on the composer/musicians/producer, and how their contribution enlivens the related film. Most of the tracks are no longer than about 4 minutes, and each works well as a piece of music in its own right. In fact none of it 'sounds' like noodling background orchestral 'filmzak' which continues to pass as 'quality film music'. The purpose of playing all these tracks is to celebrate the widely varied ways musicians and composers have put their sounds into the film score without aping Wagnerian models. Psychosonic Cinema doesn't stress that point though: these great tracks do speak for themselves, and radio is the ideal platform for presenting them in this format.

Interns: Gerard Smith, Carla Ori, Riley Lockett, Eugene Brockmuller, Joshua Peters & Jacob Agius. Special thanks to Ed Baxter at Resonance FM for placing the show on their roster.

Programme schedule

  • 1. Big Beat Jive

    Part 1

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 7th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 11th January 2.30am

  • 2. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 1

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 14th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 18th January 2.30am

  • 3. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 1

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 21st January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 25th January 2.30am

  • 4. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 1

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 28th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 1st February 2.30am

  • 5. Atomic Atonality

    Part 1

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 4th February 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 8th February 2.30am

  • 6. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 1

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 11th February 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 15th February 2.30am

  • 7. Big Beat Jive

    Part 2

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 18th February 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 22nd February 2.30am

  • 8. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 2

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 25th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 1st March 2.30am

  • 9. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 2

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 4th March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 8th March 2.30am

  • 10. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 2

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 11th March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 15th March 2.30am

  • 11. Atomic Atonality

    Part 2

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 18th March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 22nd March 2.30am

  • 12. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 2

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 25th March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 29th March 2.30am

  • 13. Big Beat Jive

    Part 3

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 1st April 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 5th April 2.30am

  • 14. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 3

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 8th April 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 13th April 2.30am

  • 15. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 3

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 15th April 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 20th April 2.30am

  • 16. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 3

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 22nd April 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 27th April 2.30am

  • 17. Atomic Atonality

    Part 3

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 29th April 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 4th May 2.30am

  • 18. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 3

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 6th May 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 11th May 2.30am

  • 19. Big Beat Jive

    Part 4

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 13th May 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 18th May 2.30am

  • 20. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 4

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 20th May 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 25th May 2.30am

  • 21. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 4

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 27th May 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 1st June 2.30am

  • 22. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 4

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 3rd June 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 8th June 2.30am

  • 23. Atomic Atonality

    Part 4

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 10th June 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 15th June 2.30am

  • 24. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 4

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 17th June 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 22nd June 2.30am

  • 25. Big Beat Jive

    Part 5

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 24th June 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 29th June 2.30am

  • 26. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 5

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 1st July 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 6th July 2.30am

  • 27. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 5

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 16th September 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 21st September 2.30am

  • 28. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 5

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 23rd September 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 28th September 2.30am

  • 29. Atomic Atonality

    Part 5

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 30th September 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 5th October 2.30am

  • 30. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 5

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 7th October 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 12th October 2.30am

  • 31. Big Beat Jive

    Part 6

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 14th October 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 19th October 2.30am

  • 32. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 6

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 21st October 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 26th October 2.30am

  • 33. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 6

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 28th October 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 2nd November 2.30am

  • 34. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 6

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 4th November 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 9th November 2.30am

  • 35. Atomic Atonality

    Part 6

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 11th November 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 16th November 2.30am

  • 36. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 6

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 18th November 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 23rd November 2.30am

  • 37. Big Beat Jive

    Part 7

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 25th November 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 30th November 2.30am

  • 38. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 7

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 2nd December 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 7th December 2.30am

  • 39. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 7

    2014

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 9th December 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 14th December 2.30am

  • 40. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 7

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 6th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 11th January 2.30am

  • 41. Atomic Atonality

    Part 7

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 13th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 18th January 2.30am

  • 42. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 7

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 20th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 25th January 2.30am

  • 43. Big Beat Jive

    Part 8

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 27th January 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 1st February 2.30am

  • 44. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 8

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 3rd February 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 8th February 2.30am

  • 45. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 8

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 10th February 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 15th February 2.30am

  • 46. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 8

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 17th February 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 22nd February 2.30am

  • 47. Atomic Atonality

    Part 8

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 24th February 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 1st March 2.30am

  • 48. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 8

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 3rd March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 8th March 2.30am

  • 49. Big Beat Jive

    Part 9

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 10th March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 15th March 2.30am

  • 50. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 9

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 17th March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 22nd March 2.30am

  • 51. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 9

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 24th March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 29th March 2.30am

  • 52. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 9

    2015

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Tuesday 31st March 10.30pm / repeated Sunday 5th April 2.30am

  • 53. Atomic Atonality

    Part 9

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 13th September 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 17th September 1.00am

  • 54. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 9

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 20th September 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 24th September 1.00am

  • 55. Big Beat Jive

    Part 10

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 27th September 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 1st October 1.00am

  • 56. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 10

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 4th October 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 8th October 1.00am

  • 57. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 10

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 11th October 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 15th October 1.00am

  • 58. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 10

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 18th October 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 22nd October 1.00am

  • 59. Atomic Atonality

    Part 10

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 25th October 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 29th October 1.00am

  • 60. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 10

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 22nd November 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 26th November 1.00am

  • 61. Big Beat Jive

    Part 11

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 1st November 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 5th November 1.00am

  • 62. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 11

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 8th November 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 12th November 1.00am

  • 63. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 11

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 15th November 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 19th November 1.00am

  • 64. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 11

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 29th November 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 3rd December 1.00am

  • 65. Atomic Atonality

    Part 11

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 6th December 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 10th December 1.00am

  • 66. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 11

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 13th December 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 17th December 1.00am

  • 67. Big Beat Jive

    Part 12

    2019

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 20th December 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 24th December 1.00am

  • 68. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 12

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 10th January 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 14th January 1.00am

  • 69. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 12

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 17th January 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 21st January 1.00am

  • 70. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 12

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 24th January 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 28th January 1.00am

  • 71. Atomic Atonality

    Part 12

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 31st January 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 4th February 1.00am

  • 72. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 12

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 7th February 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 11th February 1.00am

  • 73. Big Beat Jive

    Part 13

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 14th February 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 18th February 1.00am

  • 74. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 13

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 6th March 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 10th March 1.00am

  • 75. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 13

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 21st February 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 25th February 1.00am

  • 76. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 13

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 28th February 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 4th March 1.00am

  • 77. Atomic Atonality

    Part 13

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 13th March 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 17th March 1.00am

  • 78. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 13

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 20th March 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 24th March 1.00am

  • 79. Big Beat Jive

    Part 14

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 27th March 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 31st March 1.00am

  • 80. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 14

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 3rd April 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 7th April 1.00am

  • 81. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 14

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 10th April 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 14th April 1.00am

  • 82. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 14

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 17th April 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 21st April 1.00am

  • 83. Atomic Atonality

    Part 14

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 24th April 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 28th April 1.00am

  • 84. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 14

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 1st May 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 5th May 1.00am

  • 85. Big Beat Jive

    Part 15

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 8th May 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 12th May 1.00am

  • 86. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 15

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 15th May 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 19th May 1.00am

  • 87. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 15

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 22nd May 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 26th May 1.00am

  • 88. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 15

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 29th May 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 2nd June 1.00am

  • 89. Atomic Atonality

    Part 15

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 5th June 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 9th June 1.00am

  • 90. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 15

    2020

    Broadcast on Resonance-FM, London
    Friday 12th June 11.00pm / repeated Tuesday 16th June 1.00am