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The Faust Cycle [Portion 06] by Ergo Phizmiz & Friends

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Released:March 1st, 2010

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.

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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


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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