Ergo Phizmiz



The Faust Cycle or, The House of Dr Faustus (2006-2009)


Chunk 1


"Divination" & "Dick & Liz Expound"
00:00 - 01:38 - Featuring "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" by James Nye
"The Legend of George Scrape"
01:40 - 02:41 - Ventriloquist performed by Zenith Pitts
George Scrape story devised with James Nye & Martha Moopette
"From The Toilet of Despair"
02:42 - End - Improvised by James Nye & Ergo Phizmiz



Chunk 2


"Culinary Philosophy"
00:00 - 00:52 - Additional music by James Nye & Margita Zalite
00:52 - 00:58 - "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" by James Nye
00:58 - 01:18 - "An Evening in Hell" - Piano work
Composed, Performed & Produced by James Nye
"Operatic Laughter"
01:18 - 01:46 - Additional music by Margita Zalite
01:47 - 02:16 - Dr Faustus Actor performed by Pete Um
Eloise performed by Margita Zalite
02:16 - End - Improvisation for Cello & Electronics by Bela Emerson



Chunk 3


00:00 - 00:01 - "An Evening in Hell" by James Nye, reprise
00:01 - 00:26 - "Hell Kebabs" - Electroacoustic work
Composed, Performed & Produced by Angela Valid
"Gretchen"
00:26 - 00:52 - Text developed with and performed by Martha Moopette
Trumpet by Mark Upton
Improvisation for Cello & Electronics by Bela Emerson
"Chronicles of the Suspicious Gentleman"
00:52 -01:14 - "Fever" performed by Margita Zalite
"Madiana" composed & performed with Aaron Islamb
"Helen"
01:14 - 01:45 - Additional vocals by Margita Zalite
Featuring "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" composed by James Nye
01:44 - 02:00 - Recordings of "The Faust Cycle" workshops at
Quay Arts Podcasts edited by Simon Perry
Workshops facilitated with James Nye
"Kinetoscopes & Dung"
02:00 - End - Trumpet by Mark Upton
"An Evening in Hell" by James Nye
Foley created with The Travelling Mongoose
Interpretations of Erik Satie's "Le Tango Perpetuel" created with James Nye
Violin solo improvised by Amie Willingale



Chunk 4


"The Bird Machines" 00:00 - 01:30 - Featuring "Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones" by James Nye "The Abduction of the Object" 01:28 - End - Improvisations by James Nye & Ergo Phizmiz Eloise performed by Martha Moopette & Rebecca Robertson The Inventor performed by Zenith Pitts


Chunk 5


"Garden"
00:00 - 00:43 - Voice of the Vine performed by James Nye
"The Invention of Birds" & "The Circus of Delightful Misery"
00:43 -02:56 - Interpretations of Erik Satie's "Le Tango Perpetuel" created with James Nye
"Secrets" monologue written & performed by James Nye
The Voice of Faustus performed by Zenith Pitts
Field-Recordings by The Travelling Mongoose
Insect Recordings by Irene Moon





NOTES

Written, Composed, Performed & Produced by Ergo Phizmiz

With contributions from Angela Valid, Martha Moopette, The Travelling Mongoose, James Nye, Margita Zalite, Pete Um, Irene Moon, Zenith Pitts, Bela Emerson, Mark Upton, Amie Willingale, Simon Perry

Project consultants: James Nye, Martha Moopette, The Travelling Mongoose


One afternoon Ergo Phizmiz finds himself lumbered into delivering a parcel to the house of legendary alchemist and necromancer Dr Johann Faustus who, since the events of some time ago for which he is renowned, has entered into a rather quieter life in a vast, labyrinthine house, with hundreds of lodgers running the gamut from artists, birds, bird-people, walking fictions, ventriloquists, a Cassowary, running chairs, walking gramophones, and myriad automata.

This enormous dream fable, told through speech, songs, collage and sound-design, is the result of over three years delving down various rabbit-holes, and features collaborations in a range of contexts with artists of many disciplines, including Jack Phoenix, Margita Zalite, Pete Um, Angela Valid, Bela Emerson, Martha Moopette, Amie Willingale, and Zenith Pitts.

In glorious radiophonic technicolour, it is a musical-comedy of disorientation and magick, somewhere between nightmare and the half-remembered childhood whimsy of an insomniac music-hall artiste.

Please note - "The Faust Cycle" is not, necessarily, suitable for sensitive ears at times, containing, as it does, some naughty words, some sexy references, and a healthy smattering of scatological excess.




Boots!

Boots!: A Collaboration with People Like Us (2006)


Sfl Bjcts (Phour Fonetic Sound Rooms), 2002


1. PHWINUMS

Written by Ergo Phizmiz. Performed by Ergo Phizmiz, Martha Moopette and Erik Bumbledonk.


2. ZIP: MGNG

Written and performed by Ergo Phizmiz.


3. CAVE

Written and performed by Ergo Phizmiz.


4. GWELYHRSRAS


Written and Performed by Ergo Phizmiz and Martha Moopette.




Zip, 2003


1. Overture


2. Episode 1


3. Episode 2


4. Episode 3


5. Episode 4


6. Episode 5


7. Episode 6




RELATED RESOURCES:
Ergo Phizmiz's Visual Poetry in UbuWeb Contemporary