Tape Letters from the Waiting Room
A film by Steven McInerney – Original soundtrack by Mark Vernon
An existential drama exploring the universal themes of death and rebirth. Tape Letters from the Waiting Room is an experiment in film archaeology and magnetic memory as it navigates past life experiences. Shifting in succession from the mundane to the metaphysical, the film is composed of extant 16mm found footage from the past century. An original soundtrack by Mark Vernon encompasses a rich collection of domestic tape recordings; audio letters, dictated notes, found sounds and other lost voices. It received an Honourable Mention at Family Film Project in Portugal and has since screened at Ultracinema, Proceso de Error and Mostra Internacional de Cinema Etnografico.
Steven McInerney is a multimedia artist living in London. He creates recherché, abstract works mixing sound art and electronic music composition to explore psychospiritual themes and altered perception. McInerney is the founder of Psyché Tropes, a film company and record label exploring the synaesthetic intersections between sound and its visual counterpart. His 27-minute film A Creak In Time won the First Experiment Award at the 2019 Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival and the Alteraciones (Jury Prize) Award at the 30th Aguilar International Film Festival. The film was described by Wallpaper Magazine as “timeless and singular: a cinematic triumph of style and substance.’’ Official selections include International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg and Gijón International Film Festival among others. The film has screened in concert with a live reel-to-reel soundtrack by Howlround at Flatpack, Splice and East End Film Festival.
Mark Vernon is a Glasgow based artist whose work exists on the fringes of sound art, experimental music and broadcasting. At the core of his practice lies a fascination with environmental sound, obsolete media and the re-appropriation of found recordings. He incorporates these diverse elements into radiophonic compositions for broadcast, fixed media and live performances. He co-runs and curates Glasgow art radio station, Radiophrenia and has produced radio works for stations internationally. His solo music projects have been published through labels including Kye, Glistening Examples, Canti Magnetici, Flaming Pines, Misanthropic Agenda, Entr’acte and 3Leaves.