Poet Kim Vodicka is known to push the limits of comfort. Her material is a sexually crass mix that musician Randy Faucheux says will easily make guys squirm.
“It’s really mean, brutal and scathing, and also hilarious if you’re not afraid to laugh,” Vodicka said of her poetry. “Please do.”
But Vodicka wanted to take her material in a different direction. She partnered with Baton Rouge musician Faucheux for a new, spoken word project called Psychic Privates. The project combines Vodicka’s words with soundscapes compiled by Faucheux.
After successfully funding a Kickstarter campaign late last year, raising more than $2,100, the duo will release the multimedia project on vinyl, which comes with a poetry book, later this year. Tende Rloin Press will distribute the release.
Vodicka has published her own book “Aesthesia Balderdash” and been featured in independent magazines such as Smoking Glue Gun and in the 2015 Best American Experimental Writing collection. The latter comes out Tuesday on Wesleyan University’s WesPress.
However, Vodicka and Faucheux started experimenting with putting music to her words because she was getting tired of the literary scene.
“It’s a long time coming,” she said. “I hope it’s a step more towards having a more sort of music-focused direction as a opposed to a poetry-focused one, a direction that has a broader audience.”
But it’s not like Faucheux slapped a couple of abstract guitar lines behind Vodicka’s words and called it a day.
“It was always important to me to have something that was symbiotic,” she said. “There are plenty of poets who have bongos or whatever … It doesn’t have a whole lot to do with what’s being said. We wanted to do something that was tailored line for line to the poem.”
Faucheux said it was a 50-50 effort. The two would go back and forth. He said there was a bit of a learning curve, but it was a fun project overall.
“What I like about Kim’s work and what made it fun is that her stuff is very contemporary and abstract and weird, but she definitely has a musical brain,” he said. “Her poetry has a rhythm to it. The way it’s delivered, it’s almost like she’s rapping. I’m not saying this is like Public Enemy or anything, but how the entire project was done definitely reminded me of that old-school hip-hop.”
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