Archive for the ‘Ergo Phizmiz’ Tag

Care in the community recordings presents @ THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS THURSDAY 19TH DEC   Leave a comment

Playing at this next week, as you can see.

Some explanations here of sorts:

Mucky Sailor : Relentless, distorted and deranged prog-rhythm-rock duo of drums and large keyboard array that includes a bespoke ships wheel oscillator. Phenomenological.

Ergo Phizmiz: “Hailed in some quarters as the missing link between Viv Stanshall and Robert Wyatt”(Uncut) the song-writer,composer and performer opened the year with the album Eleven Songs (Loud and Quiet record of the week ) and his crazed music theatre piece Gargantua touring the UK and Europe .Both were loving detailed in a four page feature in The Wire. Ergo continued his year in typically prolific style with an opera commission from Trinity Laban and Tete-a-Tete, music for a Channel 4 animation series ,started a movie soundtrack and has just begun a residency with the Opera Group. Ergo will perform either solo or with his three or four piece band with music from Eleven Songs and his forthcoming LP The Peacock.

Pete Um: A master of the miniature electro-acoustic song-poem, a form he has more or less invented and crystallised himself, his work displays a sardonic wit combined with a healthy misanthropy in micro-collages of voice, instruments, samples, and electronics.

Sasha Ilyukevich: London-based Belarusian Sasha Ilyukevich sings in Russian, his lyrics play on images from Eastern Slavic Folklore and Russian Literature. His vocals swoop from soft whispered melodies to raucous screams creating what he calls ‘Belarusian Rock ’n’ Roll’. Sasha will be joined on keyboard by composer Dave Maric (The Steve Martland Band).

Thursday 19th December at The Shacklewell Arms.  8-11pm. 

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London ,E8 2EB.

Entry £5 on the door or slightly cheaper in advance:

Third Policeman/Pete Um+ Bridport etc.   1 comment


Looking forward to heading west to catch up with the man Ergo Phizmiz to play this thing. Also going to catch up with The Trickster, which is always a pleasure. I remember at college he was the only person I’d ever met who knew how to cook food.

ISTOTA SSĄCA 44   Leave a comment

Someone been spinning my reel-to-reel tomspoolery here.

ISTOTA SSĄCA 44 by ubunoir

Tune list thus:

00:08 Korean Songs – Song of Mt. Pukak (intro)
00:21 Curt Lazerz – Min Stav
02:30 Digi G’Alessio – Zanzi Bar
04:55 James Asher – Robottom (in the background)
07:20 Synthetic Boy – Box with Basses
09:04 Naive Machine – Sailor Taylor
11:36 Rachitik Data – Nanoiste
13:12 Satanicpornocultshop – Asaka_Mi2Yo
16:33 Artyści Scen Warszawskich – Chatka z Piernika (extract)
18:17 Robbie Acuff – Librarian
20:59 Special Sonore – Voix Spatiales, Jeux Spéciaux (extract)
21:26 Corleone Commodore – Bit Bots
23:57 Misiaczek – J’ai acheté mes bottes en Espagne
27:44 AkumaDaikon – Flat The Revolution
30:35 Cawa Sorix – La Mort du Toutou (in the background)
32:58 Queen – Killer Queen (Bleep Bloop’s Lazer Beam Remix)
37:10 Le Leprechaune – Désolé
40:34 Kodiak Bachine – F-M
44:43 Sympa – Dédicace
46:26 Ljudit Andersson – Perfectione
47:53 Dieter Süverkrüp & Wolfgang Dauner – Fließbandlied I
51:42 Xerak – Bitjunx Party
54:04 Mołr Drammaz presents – Piec
55:36 Toxic Chicken – Soca for Retards
57:12 Atlas Zwierząt Wojtka vs DJ Spændende – Matadormiks 2007 Edit
59:29 Jacaszek – Grill w zaczarowanym lesie
62:41 Disasteradio – No Pulse
65:29 Death Grips – Thru the Walls
68:53 Thesuperfruitsmoothies – Pineapple Bomb Factory
71:11 Peter Rühmkorf – Altes und Neues vs Como Carousel – Those Were The Days
72:19 Facundo – Username
73:37 Ceephax – Beercan 5000
75:49 Robert Maxwell, His Harp & His Orchestra – Accidental Slip on an Oriental Rug
78:00 Performers not given – “Mother” and “Father” trying to get “Billy” out of bed, followed by whistling solo (in the background)
83:22 Kim Fowley Jr. – Fred Loves Betty
86:12 Pete Um – Look Sharp Slice 1
89:06 Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Hard-Boiled Babe

Posted June 28, 2011 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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Fix up, look sharp.   Leave a comment


A long overdue entry on this:

Chin17: Pete Um “Look Sharp! and hear the difference”

My old pal Ergs has been good enough to compile a selection of my tape-bothering efforts over the years, some of that shit being late 90s I suppose. Nice to get it heard after all this time so I am grateful to the tireless work of the aforementioned E. Phizmiz for squeezing it in a different way and also to Muggers here for spreading the word…

Ergo Phizmiz Neuropera Pitch!   Leave a comment

Posted March 2, 2011 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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The Faust Cycle   Leave a comment

I have a small role in this so I thought I’d big it up. I know Mr. Phizmiz through various encounters but primarily from 6 days of fun on the autobahns for the Gagarin Anniversary Tour in late 2008, and I consider him to be one of the most gloriously silly people I have ever met. I really ought to have done some kind of tour diary bizniz about that tour but one memory that sticks in my head was the last night in Mannheim, as tired and emotionally worn out as I’ve ever been and absolutely desperate for sleep, but kept awake (and in hysterical laughter) by a sustained rally of ideas between me and EP for a play/short film about a guy having a wank on a coach. I suppose I should say that the idea arose out of a true story and I was there but this was many years before the tour and I was not the wanker in question. The annoying thing, typically for these kinds of ideas, is that I can’t remember any of the stuff that was so bloody amusing.

Anyway, Ergo is a man of many talents, and someone who humbled me by knowing a staggering amount about arty stuff that wasn’t just music since 1960, which is how I roll, I suppose. The whole spectrum of the arts seems to be constantly being absorbed through his skin, as he’s incredibly busy and isn’t just lying there on a couch reading Wikipedia. I laughed the other day when I saw he had dedicated something he’d done to Morecambe & Wise, among others, but then I realised this was a serious tribute. But yes, for all his varied talents, which he lists as “Composer, Writer, Artist, DJ, Radio-Artist, Film-maker, Installation artist” I have to say I’m personally most impressed by what he does with radio. I recently tried to do some radio stuff and I found it bloody hard, even though I was given a completely free hand, but Phizmiz seems to have a natural facility for it. I should write something that does him more justice but I want to get various bits of umbusiness out of the way today so I’m just trying to get a bit more hype in the hyperlink innit.

The Faust Cycle
or, The House of Dr Faustus
-Released 1st January 2010 on Headphonica –


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.

Download the entire 15 hours, complete with magnificent artwork from Moritz Grunke and friends, free, from the marvellous Headphonica.

Posted January 21, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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"Marcel"   Leave a comment

Further to my ruminations (good word that, just looked it up) about the potential pathologies associated with the development of the online persona I feel there may be a short film’s worth of a concept in the idea of a protagonist who, to all intents and purpose, exclusively exists online. I suppose it’s so commonplace as to be not worth mentioning, with many widely-read journalists etc who work at home and consequently have this bizarrely dualistic life of getting paid to inform tens of thousands about their broken dishwashers or whatever. I can feel myself slipping into that mode now, and it’s like dry humping or something. I guess I just had a sudden sense of how easy it would be for the public and the private to be seperate to such a degree that there might be some mileage in it for a plot. Some kind of Being There for the internet age. Anyway, what I’m trying to do is express my sense of disbelief (albeit with lashings and lashings of false modesty) about my appearance in the forthcoming Sensational documentary, coming, as it does, hot on the heels of my transgressive thespian dalliances in Ergo Phizmiz’s The Faust Cycle (I fucking hate the theatre, see. I’ve even got a song called Why I Hate The Theatre) and in a scarcely decent interval before my automatic Pete Um Google-search makes me aware of this:

‘Marcel’ Trailer (Belgium, 2010) from Kosten Koper on Vimeo.

But I'll do specific blogs on each of the above before long, presumably sat here in my pants.