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A Celebration of the Psychphonic Variety
Posted July 21, 2017 by Brett Alderman
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A curated space unlike any other, the Museum of Psychphonics is about to find a new home. After its 500 plus days of existence, currently housed within the Musical Family Tree headquarters, the museum will be holding one final event on Saturday July 22 before moving a short distance inside Fountain Square’s Murphy Arts Building. Entitled Adjacent Mythologies, the evening will be a celebration benefiting the museum.

“There are some changes happening with the Murphy Building that will alter the layout of the second floor,” explains curator Michael Kaufmann. “While a ghostly remnant of the former incarnation will continue to haunt the new floor plan as a kind of psychphonic residue, the body and contents of the museum, in all of its fullness, like a hermit crab, will crawl out of its architectural nautilusian squatting and taking residence across the hall in a more pearlescent, more honest, more bountiful expression.”

Hosted by Musical Family Tree, Adjacent Mythologies, an event described as the manifestation of the psychphonic cosmos on Earth, will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 22, at its current location. The museum partnered with PRINTtEXT to organize what is certain to be a memorable experience for all in attendance.

PRINTtEXT, an Indy-based studio, project space and shop created by Benjamin and Janneane Blevins, has been involved with the museum since the beginning. “We first got involved with the Museum of Psychphonics when the curator, Michael Kaufmann, approached PRINTtEXT about publishing a printed piece to accompany its opening,” says Benjamin Blevins. He continues, “The Psychphonic edition featured work from 12 contributors, with essays and stories about the Ferguson Brothers, Parliament’s Mothership, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Vonnegut, Pythagorus, Robert Fludd & the Celestial Monochord, Elvis & Market Square Arena’s synchronicity, and more. That project became the first in our DIDACTIC series of broadsheet newspaper-zines. The paper was subtitled ‘Collection of Adjacent Mythologies,’ which inspired what has become the Adjacent Mythologies celebration and benefit.”

The evening will begin with Kipp Normand, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, and Face À Face. Michael Kaufmann will speak as well, with the event being capped by a performance from Oreo Jones as Michael Raintree.

Face À Face created their piece for Adjacent Mythologies after being asked to participate by PRINTtEXT. “We work with them a lot, and have performances in their space - so they knew this is something we would be interested in,” says co-creator/founder Ari Attack. “Our creations are for this event. ‘Femme ital.’ will serve as a tribute to our native ancestors and including traditions from several cultures in song/poem format with musical accompaniment.” Attack said, “[Attendees] should expect to feel connected with spiritual wellness. The literal explanation of ital.”

Dubbed the sonic oracle, Oreo Jones’ alter ego Michael Raintree will close the night. Discussing this project Jones said, “After my last album I really wanted to push myself as more of a musician. The transition manifested around this last thanksgiving. I isolated myself from the majority the city, locking myself in my house so I could really delve deep into all the emotions I was going through at the time. I would have these therapy sessions by myself and it created a reservoir, I would write a song or two a day easily.” Regarding the new moniker, he continues, “Michael Raintree came into fruition during a very lonely time in my life.” Expect a unique listening experience from this solo endeavor. “I create everything from scratch, the drums, synth melodies, vocal loops, all from ground zero. I really can’t describe the sound, just like you can’t with most music in 2017. It’s got some pop, dark R&B themes. Unlike with the hip-hop, you really got to soak it in and marinate from the first to last note with this project.”

On the upcoming event, Kaufmann said, “It is important to construct rituals that conjure and cement a collective memory of how things were in order to begin to dream for how things will be.” Adds Blevins, “We loved the idea of translating the museum’s spirit into print, and then re-interpreting both of those things into an evening of psychphonic community.”

Admission is free to Adjacent Mythologies, but a donation is suggested. All donations received during the event will be matched by Joyful Noise Recordings. Fountain Square Brewing will be on hand to serve beer.

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