Ergo Phizmiz – The Faust Cycle

The Faust Cycle

or, The House of Dr Faustus

Written, Composed, Performed & Produced by

Ergo Phizmiz

Project consultants

James Nye, Martha Moopette, The Travelling Mongoose

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.


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”

02:42 – End - 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

02:16 – End - 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

“Gretchen”

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

“Helen”

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”

02:00 – End - 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”

01:28 – End - Improvisations by James Nye & Ergo Phizmiz

Eloise performed by Martha Moopette & Rebecca Robertson

The Inventor performed by Zenith Pitts

Chunk 5

“Garden”

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

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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…

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)

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

VentnorBlog

Quay Arts

BüroPluspunkt

Weblinks Ergo Phizmiz

ergophizmiz.net

ergophizmiz.blogspot.com

twitter.com/ergophizmiz

myspace.com/ergophizmiz

James Nye myspace.com/frogweb

Angela Valid myspace.com/angelavalid

Bela Emerson belaemerson.com

Margita Zalite myspace.com/barenzunge

Martha Moopette myspace.com/marthamoopette

Pete Um umbusiness.co.uk

Mark Upton mark-upton.com

Amie Willingale myspace.com/amiesacoustics

Aaron Islamb myspace.com/aaronislamb

Simon Perry ventnorblog.com

Elements of The Faust Cycle were presented as works in progress on WFMU (wfmu.org), and Soundart Radio (soundartradio.org.uk), 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

Cover Art by Moritz Grünke (www.bueropluspunkt.de)

to download the entire album in mp3 [5 chunks, 320kbps & artwork, 1.9GB, zip] directly from headphonica click >>> here <<<

to download the entire piece in ogg vorbis [848 minutes, 114kbps, 876 MB, ogg] directly from headphonica click >>> here <<<

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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): FMA-special-edition

Join the Remix Project “The Faust Re.Cycled”!