Sunday, 26 February 2012

Elvis Herod & Ergo Phizmiz Dance to the Bells - New performance for 2012

A 12 hour durational performance from Elvis Herod & Ergo Phizmiz, for performance festivals, social interjections, private amusements, and community events.

Elvis & Ergo will arrive in your town attired beautifully with a ramshackle formality and sartorial elegance, and from 6am until 6pm will stand in the vicinity of your local church, interpreting the ringing of the church bells through the art of rhythmic movement, a form in which Elvis & Ergo are both acknowledged masters.

(One only has to discover these two gentlemen tearing up a dance floor in the Slug & Lettuce throwing Cubist disco shapes to realise this.)

Performances may also include special guests....

This long feast of wizard-moves and fancy footwork is available for booking now.

Contact ergophizmiz at gmail dot com with details of your local town and local church.

And just to get you in the mood, here's Ergo Phizmiz, Oblivian Substanshall, and Martha Moopette dancing to ABBA.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Ergo Phizmiz sings Gilbert & Sullivan, on Radio Boredcast

Ergo Phizmiz has joined the boredom of the Vicki Bennett curated, mammoth 744 hour broadcast Radio Boredcast, commissioned by AV Festival 2012.

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March

Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour continuous online radio project, curated by artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) with AV Festival. In response to our ambiguous relationship with time - do we have too much or not enough? - Radio Boredcast celebrates the detail, complexity and depth of experience lost through our obsession with speed.

With over 100 participants Radio Boredcast includes new and unpublished works, freeform radio shows, field recordings, interviews, monologues and much, much more. Thematic playlists will run throughout from “Acconci” to “Zzz…”


You can listen continuously for a month, or for hours, minutes or seconds. Online 24 hours each day, at or To launch Radio Boredcast live from 1 March you can click the red radio icon in the header above, or via the individual link for each day below.


In the meantime, the schedule for the whole month is listed below, with details of each show and information about the artists. You can also subscribe now to the Radio Boredcast podcasts. Thanks to all the contributors.


Co-commissioned by AV Festival and Pixel Palace, hosted by

Ergo's contribution involves acappella performances of the entirety of "The Pirates of Penzance", "HMS Pinafore", "Iolanthe" and "The Mikado", comic operettas by W.S. Gilbert & A.S. Sullivan.....oh dearie me.....

Around the age of 11 or 12 I became obsessed with the comic operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan. This fascination lasted around 3 years. There were posters of W.S. Gilbert (the "S" stands for Schwenck, rather spectacularly) and Arthur Sullivan on my bedroom wall.

For years the thought of returning to their works "from memory" has been at the back of my mind. My very boring contribution to Radio Boredcast is "acappella" versions of the G & S operettas "HMS Pinafore", "Iolanthe", "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Mikado".

Some of them I know better than others. In the cases where I didn't know the melodies, I made them up or roughly talked through them. I also decided to not use different voices for characters (these recordings are my second takes - the first takes sounded like The Goon Show and to be honest I had far too much fun doing them for it be genuinely boring), and to omit stage directions, so we are left with a very boring barrage of Victorian words, tuned and untuned, from my tired, monotone voice.

Ergo Phizmiz is a composer, writer, and multimedia artist. He makes pop, theatre, installations, opera, radio-art, radioplays, sound-collages and performances. He lives in Bridport, UK, and has a headache. He never wants to perform Gilbert & Sullivan again.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

"The Carnival in the Mirror Marches Into The Sea" - 2011 Ergo Phizmiz radioplay now online at

Ergo Phizmiz's 2011 radioplay "The Carnival in the Mirror Marches Into The Sea" is now available to listen online at

Commissioned by Marcus Gammel at DeutschlandRadioKultur, the piece combines semi-autobiographical spoken-word with sound-collage and original composition to create an impressionistic journey through memories and dreams of carnivals.

The piece is part of the line of semi-autobiographical "first person" radioplays by Ergo Phizmiz that also includes "The Faust Cycle", "Paul Klee, a Balloon, the Moon, Music and Me", "Disappearing Boxes", "UpsideDownisms", and the forthcoming "Conversations With Birds".

To listen to the piece click here.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Conversations With Birds

Ergo Phizmiz is now in production on a new radioplay "Conversations With Birds"....

.....written in a mixture of English, German, Polish, and Bird languages, in collaboration with translators Denis Kundic, Caroline Stupnicka, Robin Gill, and Pretty Polly ......

..... it is commissioned by Katarina Agathos at Bayerischer Rundfunk, where it will broadcast this year.....

....the cast includes Ergo Phizmiz, Elvis Herod, Oblivian Substanshall, Martha Moopette, Vulnavia Vanity, Michal Libera, Robin Gill, and more to be confirmed ....

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Monday, 6 February 2012

Public Service Announcement! Techno Service #2

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Machines, we present Ergo Phizmiz's Techno Service #2.

Are any of your machines in pain, infirm, dying?

Techno Service provides custom-made electronic compositions to soothe, ease, and comfort your machine.

Send details of your machine and its infirmity, and in time you will receive a piece of music. Ideally, the machine should be left alone with it’s music from the Techno Service, for a one-to-one experience.

Thankyou for your time.

Like this? Try Techno Service #1