Psychosonic Cinema

Series outline

The Psychosonic Cinema radio series played 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. These episodes are now archived here (via the page links below) as downloadable Quicktime mp3 stereo files. These files are chapter encoded when you play them as Quicktimes.

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.

Special thanks to Ed Baxter at Resonance FM for placing the show on their roster.

Programme schedule

  • 1. Big Beat Jive

    Part 1

    2015

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

  • 2. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 1

    2015

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

  • 3. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 1

    2015

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

  • 4. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 1

    2015

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

  • 5. Atomic Atonality

    Part 1

    2015

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

  • 6. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 1

    2015

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

  • 7. Big Beat Jive

    Part 2

    2015

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

  • 8. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 2

    2015

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

  • 9. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 2

    2015

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

  • 10. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 2

    2015

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

  • 11. Atomic Atonality

    Part 2

    2015

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

  • 12. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 2

    2015

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

  • 13. Big Beat Jive

    Part 3

    2015

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

  • 14. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 3

    2015

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

  • 15. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 3

    2015

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

  • 16. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 3

    2015

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

  • 17. Atomic Atonality

    Part 3

    2015

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

  • 18. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 3

    2015

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

  • 19. Big Beat Jive

    Part 4

    2015

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

  • 20. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 4

    2015

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

  • 21. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 4

    2015

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

  • 22. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 4

    2015

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

  • 23. Atomic Atonality

    Part 4

    2015

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

  • 24. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 4

    2015

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

  • 25. Big Beat Jive

    Part 5

    2015

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

  • 26. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 5

    2015

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

  • 27. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 5

    2015

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

  • 28. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 5

    2015

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

  • 29. Atomic Atonality

    Part 5

    2015

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

  • 30. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 5

    2015

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

  • 31. Big Beat Jive

    Part 6

    2015

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

  • 32. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 6

    2015

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

  • 33. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 6

    2015

    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

    2015

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

  • 36. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 6

    2015

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

  • 37. Big Beat Jive

    Part 7

    2015

    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

    2015

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

  • 40. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 7

    2016

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

  • 41. Atomic Atonality

    Part 7

    2016

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

  • 42. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 7

    2016

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

  • 43. Big Beat Jive

    Part 8

    2016

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

  • 44. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 8

    2016

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

  • 45. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 8

    2016

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

  • 46. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 8

    2016

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

  • 47. Atomic Atonality

    Part 8

    2016

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

  • 48. Easy Sexy Listening

    Part 8

    2016

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

  • 49. Big Beat Jive

    Part 9

    2016

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

  • 50. Hard Rock Freak-Out

    Part 9

    2016

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

  • 51. Funked-Up Grooves

    Part 9

    2016

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

  • 52. Electronic Soundscapes

    Part 9

    2016

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