The Faust Cycle [Portion 02]

Ergo Phizmiz & Friends

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Faust Cycle
or, The House of Dr Faustus

Written, Composed, Performed &amp; Produced by
Ergo Phizmiz

Project consultants
James Nye, Martha Moopette, The Travelling Mongoose

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.

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.

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.

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.* * * * *

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 &amp; Harry Ruby
Contains samples too numerous to name…

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

Supported by Arts Council England
Vaguely Marsupial Productions
Soundart Radio
Quay Arts

Weblinks Ergo Phizmiz

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
Cover Art by Moritz Grünke (
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