Saturday, 25 April 2015

A Fairy Tale of World War II Press Release

World Premiere
Bridport Arts Centre, May 15th, 2015
£10 / £8 / £6

Bridport Arts Centre is home to the premiere performance of A Fairy Tale of World War II, a new piece for theatre bringing together music, animation, shadow puppetry, simple automata, rhyme, sound effects, and paper collage.

In the heart of blitzed out London, a starving little girl sees visions that ultimately lead her to Babelsberg Film Studios in Nazi Germany, where a propaganda weapon known as the "Truth Bomb" is being developed in secret. How can she stop them? What does one girl have that the entire Nazi war machine does not?

A fantastical journey through the heart of fairy tales, where magic and brutality run hand-in-hand, A Fairy Tale of World War II melds inspirations from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, the Italian folktale collections of Italo Calvino, with World War II propaganda films from both sides of the channel. 

A Fairy Tale of World War II is suffused with a rich and melodic original music score, with nods to mechanical music, the songs of Variety theatre, and cinema scores, arranged for pianos, banjo, musical saw, strings, and wind-organs.

Performed by a combination of adults and children, A Fairy Tale of World War II reflects on childhood, the horrors of war, death, and magic, playing games with cross-media storytelling as it travels through its dreamlike narrative.

The project was made possible by a grant from PRS for Music Foundation.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

A Fairytale of World War II - Premieres May 15th 2015

Premiering May 15th at Bridport Arts Centre

A Shadow-Play & Picture Book by
D.W. Robertson & Thea Martin

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

IN UTERO limited time download

For Kurt's birthday, Ergo Phizmiz has re-released for a very limited time (until the download link expires in a few days) his 2014 cover of the entirety of Nirvana's "IN UTERO" for toy & acoustic instruments.

The album's initial release lasted less than 24 hours (music law eh?), so this would constitute the longest release of this skronky beast.

Download the album (via a Wetransfer link) HERE.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Three new releases

Three slices of fun ...


Four MIDI keyboard-tastic creme-carmelles.


Ergo Phizmiz pretends to be Dr Dre for a day.


Elvis Herod & Ergo Phizmiz urinate on corpses.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Upset the Rhythm presents Dan Deacon & Ergo Phizmiz at Islington Assembly Hall


Monday 16 February
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UD
7.30pm | £15 | 

DAN DEACON is an absurdist composer and electronic musician based in Baltimore, Maryland. Musically influenced by Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, People Like Us, Raymond Scott and Conlon Nancarrow, Dan's music strives to take modern experimental composition and electronic music out of the circle of the esoteric intellectual gangs and hipster communities, placing it into the more informal "fun time". Dan's music is about community and how to organise and inspire it. With the success of Deacon’s 2007 album ‘Spiderman of the Rings’, came an opportunity for the electronic-music iconoclast to increase the breadth and depth of his entire musical project. Deacon moved from self-contained computer music to orchestral epics. His interactive live show, honed in DIY spaces, was taken to museums and concert halls. He frequently expanded his performances to include a horde of side musicians. After a string of large ensemble projects (including 2009’s ‘Bromst’ and 2012’s ‘America’) Deacon started longing for the simplicity of the days when he did nearly everything himself. Now he’s back touring in support of a new album entitled ’Gliss Riffer’, an entirely self-produced record of almost all electronic sounds, which was “easily the most fun [he’s] ever had making a record.”

While ‘Gliss Riffer’ contains all the instrumental layering we’ve come to expect, the vocals are mixed with a prominence and, at times, a clarity that have never been heard on a Dan Deacon record before. Lyrical images of lightning, oceans, lakes, and roads crop up frequently as stand-ins for freedom and self-realisation. The tracks were started on the ever-changing landscapes that greet a touring musician. This new record also marks the first time Deacon replaced his digitally realised parts with analog synthesisers, giving Deacon the opportunity to experiment in the same way he did with strings and wind instruments on ‘America’. What makes Dan Deacon such an impressive musician has always been his aesthetic directness and ecstatic energy, all of this along with the heightened ‘focus on fun’ of his absorbing live shows has finally been translated onto an album. It’s a euphoria tempered by yearning and set in defiance of life’s nagging anxiety. “Happiness takes time,” we are reminded by tremolo vocals in the middle of the supremely danceable “Mind on Fire.” The bliss on this new album is well-earned.

“After a year of film soundtrack composition, music theatre, operatic works and horspiel for German national radio, composer Ergo Phizmiz has recently returned to solo performance (but with a new lightness). Allowing whatever instruments that he’s been lent on the day to dictate his sound, and letting his set find its own path, he strips songs from his broad oeuvre to a rough-hewn, often sublime, essence. The stage becomes his studio, an opportunity for us to witness a creative act beyond performance, improvisation in its truest sense. It’s this lack of a fear of failure and an absorption in his art that makes Phizmiz such a compelling performer and continually draws comparison with our most highly regarded artists from Robert Wyatt (The Guardian) to Scott Walker (The Wire).”