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.

German interview translation for laffs   1 comment

Just in case you missed Nochexxx’s translation (presumably using an online translator thingy) posted in the comments box underneath the Hamburg interviewI’ll post it again here. I’m sure I said absolutely nothing of interest at the time.

is not now yet at all so for a long time ago that Mister Pete published the album “new Pressure” over on Gagarin record. And one hardly provides, stands themselves already the suitable label route before the entry door and the Britisher honoured completely Europe, for three concerts also Germany. In the course its we met Pete in Hamburg before the concert to a discussion over past, future and the role of the music in its life and the life of others. You are at present echo ill with ergo Phizmiz and on the Gagarin records Anniversary – route. How were the shows in Frankfurt and Berlin? Pete: That was really great! Even if always each appearance cannot be mad, in these cases was it like that. It makes also fun to be with both other volume on the way that is mad people and then brings sowas large joy. Do many people come to the concerts? Pete: In Berlin to the end many spectators were real! But the show began relatively so early, so that it is logical that the people needed one while, in order to appear itself there. In Frankfurt were still not in the comparison so many, but enough. The club, in which took place, in addition, was smaller a whole corner, therefore that was really acceptable. Did you play already once in Hamburg? Pete: Yes, that is already one while ago. But the public pleases me here much, that is a really interesting mixture from different humans in this city. Hamburg always particularly is. Does the music of your two route partners actually please you? Pete: In any case! Ergo Phizmiz know I already longer personally, therefore me its music was anyway already common and I always found it to super. Echo-ill I did not know before yet, but those also convinced me. Fantasti Live shows, full spontaneous elements, very anarchisch. Your new album “new Pressure” came out recently on Gagarin record. Can you tell us somewhat about it? Pete: The album consists partially of old and partially of completely new pieces, so that it falls me heavily to have there a neutral perspective drauf. But the plate looks beautiful! The Cover was arranged madly and I is pleased about the fact that the plate rauskommt with Gagarin record. Felix Kubin cobbled together the plate, made he the TRACK selection. Many my song are very short and it made certain that also some on the album found longer their way. The album would differently have felt with security, if I had made the selection. I am glad over the fact that he seized there me under the arms! And how the plate arrived in the public, review-technically…? Pete: Throughout positively! To a large extent the texts were rather short, but although, it did not participate one, which stamped “new Pressure” as failed. How was it added that you found your place with Gagarin record? Works for me somewhat unusually, since that is a German label. Pete: That came in such a way: Friends of me are Promoter and brought Felix, to who the label belongs, to Great Britain, in order to play there. And I was allowed to play the Eröffnungsshow for it in the evening and him pleased, what there I delivered. Thus it was added then that it brought me to Europe and organized also shows in Germany for me. And after we thought then a whole time long about an album, is it now so far that it could be finally published. Your music is relatively special. Which is more important for you: Humans reach, or even with that contently its, which one created? Pete: Naturally I would lie, if I said that it is not to me because of the heart that the music pleases also different humans than me. But if I would design it really to reach humans then I would convert that, which whispers the mass to me in the ear: Longer ones of song produce and konventionellere Songstrukturen create. Thus it is probably of both something. Is there a difference between the kind, how you make today music and how you made early music? Pete: I definitely constantly change. You learn your conception of the kind, as you want to make music, in the course of the time to it and change. But it is still the same operational sequence, it always was and remains probably always Rough& Ready. I read that you took up in former times only with Tape recorders. Was that, because you did not have other technical possibilities, or because the sound pleased you better? Pete: Both. My computer often fell, so that no other choice remained frequent for me, than changing back Tape recorders. But if you are then first times thereby, you notice also, how your music changes with the recording technology. The feeling is another, if you work with 4-Track-Tapes. That is a function, which assures to me much. Quick and spontaneous actions. And the sound is simply unmistakable, a mad sound. But if one works with the computer, then those of song have simply a better structure and one have a better overview of what actually makes there. On your homepage I saw that you are active as draughtsmen and writers also. Do you make something professional of it? Pete: Everything that I make in such a way, is like a large hobby. It would never ring someone at my door and to me to money for the fact would offer that I draw something for it. Would be beautifully, if that happens times, but at present is drawing simply a hobby for me, faraway any professionalism. And would you say that music making for you is also hobby? Pete: It does not make me no rich humans, I can of it not live, the music pays me a rent and no calculations. But it is simply a large fun. And so long it one makes happy, is only worthwhile. My life is not generally like a large hobby, I attaches importance on correct jobs. Even what vocational I make, brings me fun, therefore fits well into the raster. Everything clearly. Thank you for the interview! Pete: I have to thank! 

Uh, watch out Odin!!   1 comment


French review by Jean Francois Micard for D-Side   Leave a comment


And below a rough translation by amateur Frenchperson Ergo Phizmiz, with interjections by Felix Kubin:

> Gagarin Records is ten years old, and to celebrate the occasion, we
> >received three LPs as different to each other as possible, so
> >undoubtedly showing it’s openness of spirit. We commence with
> >Echokrank, a German duo who begin with the sound of the New German
> >[Welle]

Welle is simply “Wave” (Neue Deutsche Welle)

> >and primitive electro with synths [I don’t understand the next bit at
> >all]. Stuffed with ideas and humour, their LP abounds with ironic
> >bombs like the very danceable “I Hate Everyone In the Diskotheque”,
> >the electro-punk of “I Wanna Be an American Idiot” or “Glitter Kids”,
> >and the indispensible cover of “Marian” by Sisters of Mercy.
> >Indispensable!

> >
> >Definitely more deadpan, the American Ergo Phizmiz, sometime partner
> >with People Like Us, offers “Handmade in the Monasteries of Nepal /
> >Eloise My Dolly”, an album that has nothing to do with Nepal, the
> >title just an inscription on the incense used during the recording of
> >the album. The audible totality of the sounds here are realised by
> >the mouth of Ergo Phizmiz, human beat box, but also living-sampler
> >and singer of piquant phrases, and the others sound like a mantra.
> >The second side, “Eloise My Dolly”, bordelic-operetta and folk played
> >with “folk” instruments and traversed inbetween with spoken-word like
> >a counterpoint, showing the two “collagist” facets of the oeuvre of
> >Ergo Phizmiz.
> >
> >Evolving in a slightly more pop vein, the English Pete Um conjugates
> >the second degree of an Ergo Phizmiz and inserts jazz, citations of
> >topicality, a taste for the absurd, and often comes close to Nurse
> >With Wound. Frankly [dejante],

dejante = crazy

> >Um is [encense also with] Hot Chip or Ariel Pink,

“he has been incensed” by Ariel Pink and Hot Chip

> >and “No Pressure” is a veritable cold shower of British humour (“The
> >Guru Let Me Down” and “Mister Tony Blair” in loop), “No Pressure” is
> >an ideal album to close this new series of atypical deliveries from
> >one of the insatiable labels of the moment.

I like the “veritable cold shower” line.