Ergo Phizmiz – The Faust Cycle

or, The House of Dr Faustus

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.

Tracklist / PLAY

Written, Composed, Performed & Produced: Ergo Phizmiz

Written & Recorded 2006-2009
Ventnor, Newport, East Cowes, Ryde, Freshwater, Buckfastleigh, Brighton, London (UK)
La Ferriere aux Etangs, La Noe de Fendrement (France)
Tirgu-Mures, Transylvania (Romania)

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

Cover Art: Moritz Grünke

MP3 [5 chunks, 320kbps & artwork, 1.9GB, zip]
OGG [848 minutes, 114kbps, 876 MB, ogg]
FLAC [848 minutes, 4 GB, flac]

FMA-special-edition There’s a very special edition of “The Faust Cycle” at the FMA which consists of 12 portions, each somewhat around 70 minutes, in mp3 (256kbps)

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”

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

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

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

01:14 – 01:45
Additional vocals by Margita Zalite
Featuring “Little Octet for Assorted Tubes & Cones” 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”
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”

Improvisations by James Nye & Ergo Phizmiz
Eloise performed by Martha Moopette & Rebecca Robertson
The Inventor performed by Zenith Pitts

Chunk 5

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

Contains interpretations of music by

Claudio Monteverdi
Carlo Gesualdo
Melchior Franck
Thomas Ravenscroft
The Four Tops
Peggy Lee
Erik Satie
Sergei Prokofiev
Jacques Offenbach
Arthur Sullivan
Georges Bizet
Camille Saint-Saens
J.S. Bach
Charles Tennier
Giuseppe Verdi
Argentian Tango from “Un Chien Andalou”
Cole Porter
W.A. Mozart
Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby

Contains samples too numerous to name…

Thanks to
All the artists involved, Kate, Talulah & Autumn, Jeremy Court, David Fenech, Felix Kubin & Gagarin Records, Vulnavia Vanity, the Faustus of the West Country, Sal & Simon, Matt Johnson, Soundart Radio, Chris, Lucinda, et al, WFMU, Zoe & Storm, Vicki & Peter , Sid & Maz, Jo Hummel Newell & all at Quay, Penny King & Angela Unsworth, Steven Streight, Chinky Bolin, Soleilmoon, Doyouspeakenglish Radio, Proot Records, Patrick Sims, Sarah & Peter Nelson, Satanicpornocultshop, Tomomi Adachi, Erik Bumbledonk, Anthony Locke, Moritz Grünke

Dedicated to
Joseph Cornell
Ken Campbell
Morecambe & Wise

Supported by
Arts Council England
Vaguely Marsupial Productions
Martin Enderlein @ Headphonica
Soundart Radio
Quay Arts

Weblinks Ergo Phizmiz

other links
James Nye
Angela Valid
Bela Emerson
Margita Zalite
Martha Moopette
Pete Um
Mark Upton
Amie Willingale
Aaron Islamb
Simon Perry

Elements of The Faust Cycle were presented as works in progress on WFMU, and Soundart Radio, who also broadcast the premiere of the entire work.

Instrumental excerpts have been released as “Music From The House of Dr Faustus” on the FMA

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