Friday 29 July 2011

New, free EP - Ergo's Disco Van Too

Something is happening. It's "Ergo's Disco Van Too".

Ergo Phizmiz is becoming an Ubu-esque king of the disco. His moustache roars with deepbeat. His footwork is fancy and fly. His white trousers fall down in the noisy night. The crowd screams, then dies.

Like this, try the first release of "Ergo's Disco Van"...

Wednesday 27 July 2011

New, free Ergo Phizmiz EP: "Ergo's Disco Van"

An Ergo Phizmiz Disco EP! And about time too....

To be played at parties. Moustaches optional, but highly recommended.

With special guests Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, and Skeenilly AKA The Skeematic.

(And samples from Plushgoolash, Oblivian Substanshall, The Superfools, Talulah Lotus, Madagascar children's songs and instrumental music, Dreaded Plate, Robert Ashley, The Cheeky Girls, and more or less or more or less....)

Created in the living room, 27/07/11.


Thursday 14 July 2011

Ergo Phizmiz "Music For Accountants: Volume 1"

A new series of cassette tape releases by Ergo Phizmiz, "Music For Accountants" will be released in limited runs of 50 copies, each in unique, handmade packaging, on Chinstrap Music.

The music contained will not be posted formally online at any point, and all will be unique to these cassettes. Everybody who buys the cassette, however, will also receive a ZIP file containing high-quality mp3 and FLAC versions of the music.

The sounds contained on "Music For Accountants" document the far reaches of Ergo's work, away from commissions and pop releases, delving deep into the experimental processes that drive the heart of his idiosyncratic output.

"Music For Accountants: Volume 1" features digital-delay vinyl experiments, the use of Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn as a musical instrument (in collaboration with regular co-conspirator Erik Bumbledonk), remixes of Monteverdi into sublime glitch compositions, intricate MIDI compositions, extracts from score music for carpets, and alphabets made of stars.


Side A

Symbols Float (1.35)
Monteverdi Shimmers (1.02)

Doll War (1.18)
Popcorn (2.21)
Thirst Class (4.52)
Monteverdi Stutters (0.31)

Bond Dodo Gilt Bats (2.28)
321AA (2.37)
Salt (3.18)
Balloon Time (1.42)

Side B

Monteverdi Stammers (1.02)

Star Alphabet (3.44)
Babybox (2.00)
Disturbers (1.09)
Monteverdi Shatters (0.50)
Andaway (3.29)
Merzybeat (4.05)
Rattlers (2.00)

The Rubble in the Barn (5.59)
Monteverdust (0.12)

It will be released within the next month or so, and is now available for pre-order, at £8.00 plus £1.50 P&P.

Playback / Play Festival - Warsaw, September 2011

Ergo Phizmiz will be collaborating on productions of Robert Ashley's almost invisible early operas at Playback/Play festival, aswell as performing a set of solo piano & vocal compositions and a short concert of music for toys.

SEPTEMBER 6 – 12, 2011

Playback Play

Wojtek Blecharz – flute
Alessandro Bosetti – laptop, voice
Frank Denyer – piano
Michal Gorczynski – clarinet
Hilary Jeffery – trombone, tromboscillator
DJ Lenar – turntables, sound
Pawel Nowicki – percussions
Mikolaj Palosz – cello
Ergo Phizmiz – everything
Julia Szproch – voice
Julia Zietek – violin

playing music by Robert Ashley, Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier and each other

Various Venues, Warsaw, Poland

Saturday 2 July 2011

Disappearing Boxes : Credits

Broadcast 01/07/11 on Studio Akustische Kunst, WDR3

Written, Composed, Performed & Produced by Ergo Phizmiz

Additional voices by Margita Zalite & Pete Um

Mechanical improvisations and jazz-tube with Erik Bumbledonk

Cassette tapes from Ergo Phizmiz's teenage years, incorporating musical compositions, comedy performances, and a local radio interview, c. 1992/3

Opera fragments by Ergo Phizmiz, from “La Puce de Neige” (2009, for Patrick Sims/Buchinger's Boot Marionettes) “The Mourning Show” (2010, for DePlayer) and “The Third Policeman” (2011, by permission of A.M. Heath Ltd.)

The song “Celandine” by Ergo Phizmiz appears courtesy of Care in the Community Recordings

Sampled (PD & CC sources): The United States Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps “Toccata from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo” (Creative Commons) * Enrico Caruso “Ideale My Idial”, “Campaneasera” * Archie Mayer “Svengali” * Maria Callas interview & performance * D'Oyly Carte Opera Company “The Pirates of Penzance” 78 RPM recording * Lewis Carroll's “The Hunting of the Snark” from Project Gutenberg * Paderewski piano performance * Tom Kennedy “Pigtails & Chopsticks” * Pitman's Gramophone Course of Typewriter Keyboard Instruction * Jenny Howard “Nobody Loves a Fairy When She's Forty”

All sampled sounds from,, and the archive of Bryan Innes Parker

Thanks to Felix Kubin, Martha Moopette, Vulnavia Vanity, Talulah & Autumn