Monday 29 November 2010

Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights

Frankie Boyle's new series for Channel 4, beginning 30/11/10, features two new short compositions from Ergo Phizmiz.

"This six-part series combines Frankie's outrageous and often controversial stand up with pre-filmed sketches in which he picks apart all aspects of modern life. Everything is given a uniquely Frankie spin - scabrous, sharp and scathing - for no-holds-barred comedy that promises Boyle with extra added bite."

Go to Tramadol Nights at Channel 4.

Monday 22 November 2010

Ergo Phizmiz - Collected Sound Installations 2002-2010

suRRism-Phonoethics proudly presents Ergo Phizmiz 'Collected Sound Installations 2002-2010'!

'Ergo Phizmiz¬
...with lips of rusty time across comes and umbrella my sound
screaming fast tackled idea crumbling neck folding squiRts...
i upon coin less mentions 'a true threshold of infinity'
this music more than a quantum classical deterministic probability!
interpretations do apply most there & within well
as those aspects will invent probabilities...
irreducible wonderland quality in mathematics!
ceiling, and bag came left to the "off" then slow smacking the another "why"
just sprung the brake, fire see plastic...
though sin{ema} have any here together - fruit & put else, concrete dazzlingly feathers
releasing uncapped and tossed captured frames gathered as one perennial!'

-undRess B├ęton

Receive your eligible copy here:
Ergo Phizmiz - 'Collected Sound Installations' (mp3 and covers)
or here: Ergo Phizmiz at Internet Archive

Thursday 18 November 2010


Whitechapel Gallery, London, Thursday 25 November, 8p. £7.00

Ergo Phizmiz will perform acoustic versions of his most recent album Things To Do and Make that Mojo have said " sounds like Vivian Stanshall, Syd Barratt and Dali making merry" together with performed excerpts from other works such as The Mourning Show opera , more recently penned eccentric pop and the contextualising, both visually and culinary, of the Things To Do and Make sleeve artwork.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and “musical man of the moment” (The Times) Ergo Phizmiz will present an informal seminar introducing his diverse practice followed by a performance of solo interpretations of his most recent album Things To Do and Make.

The event will also take the opportunity to show rarely seen images of Stanley Green, the dietary reformer, pamphleteer and regular fixture on Oxford Street between 1968-1993 who formed the inspiration for the sleeve art of Ergo’s album. A small selection of Green’s strict diet will be available to sample during the break and Ergo will perform a specially commissioned song about this London eccentric for voice and recorder, the instrument Green played in rare moments of time off.

Ergo Phizmiz first came to attention for his unique approach to sampling and sound collage for which he is noted in John Peel’s autobiography and his ability in numerous other genres has also become highly regarded. Ergo recently received the Special Mention at the prestigious Prix Italia for a BBC radio 3 commission, has written a score for a Christian Marclay film and received encouragement from Simpsons creator Matt Groening who claims to play his music while at the drawing board. In the past couple of years Ergo has begun to write operatic works again, something he did as a precocious teenager, but his first foray into the “eccentric pop” of Things To Do and Make marks another new direction. The combination of his unique absurdist humour and inventiveness within a pop song structure has gained widespread recognition from national broadsheets and leading music press with the Guardian compelled to say “we can’t decide whether he’s the new Viv Stanshall, a young Eno, a British Zappa or a replacement for Frank Sidebottom” and Mojo to proclaim him as an up and coming songwriter to watch.

Curated by Care in the Community Recordings
care in the community audiovisual
care in the community recordings

Tickets here.

Friday 12 November 2010

Ergo Phizmiz Live - November 2010

Ergo Phizmiz is playing a number of live shows at the end of the month. Come along and say hello!

20.11.10 - Don't Drop The Dumbells, Liverpool, presented by UpItUp Records
24.11.10 - Resonance FM, Live session (broadcast)
25.11.10 - Whitechapel Gallery, London, presented by Care in the Community Recordings
26.11.10 - NoNoLogic Festival, Barcelona

Thursday 11 November 2010

Watch "The Mourning Show" online

The Mourning Show from Bill Bankes-Jones on Vimeo.

Ergo Phizmiz's opera about radio, magic, death and UK radio DJ Chris Evans, commissioned by DePlayer, received it's UK premiere last August at Tete-a-Tete: The Opera Festival. Now you too can join in the nihilistic fun and watch a DJ be destroyed.

On his regular early morning show, popular DJ Chris Evans is telephoned by three ladies.

They proceed to destroy his mind.

Convinced he is a bird, he exits via the fourth storey window.

From “maverick composer” Ergo Phizmiz, The Mourning Show is a demonic-memetic-suitcase-living-room-opera.

“An excellent opera, which brought plunderphonics to a new level” – Vital Weekly

Music, Words & Direction: Ergo Phizmiz
Design & Video: Ergo Phizmiz, Vulnavia Vanity, Martha Moopette & The Travelling Mongoose
Puppeteers: Vulnavia Vanity & Courtley Love
Erik Bumbledonk as Chris Evans
Ergo Phizmiz as the Plague Doctor
Martha Moopette, Lucinda Guy and Margita Zalite as the Callers

Saturday 6 November 2010

Slitscan Carnival

Carl Rosendahl (visual effects wizard from PDI) recently wrote a C++ program for Slitscan video. This video "Slitscan Carnival" uses Ergo Phizmiz's "Music for an Underground Circus" very effectively, creating a hypnotic piece of video-art.

Thursday 4 November 2010

Fulcanelli's Shoes - Extract from a work-in-progress

The "Into the Circus" section of the forthcoming performance-lecture-live-radio-opera-show from acclaimed composer and artist Ergo Phizmiz. This clip is a collage of elements from the history of cinema, including works by Eisenstein, Jean Cocteau, Powell & Pressburger, Oscar Fischinger, Fernand Leger, Alexander Calder, Hans Richter, Josef von Baky, and Jacques Tati. The music uses a melody from Stravinsky / Pergolesi's "Pulcinella" as the basis for an instrumental composition.