Ergo Phizmiz is a sound artist and a DJ at WFMU. His radio program (Phuj Phactory) features sound collage, vintage vinyl and music from animation and ballet, along with vintage comedy and musical comedy. He's put out almost a dozen records on his own, and has collaborated with artists such as People Like Us and Irene Moon, just to name a few.
As a composer, he's created sounds for film, installation and radio. He has albums out on over a half dozen different labels. You can find out more info at his website.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Ergo Phizmiz!
*Name: Duke Ergo of Phizmiz, Sensual Belly Dancer of Troutmask Pond
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Baron Ergo of Phizmiz, Taut Bassoon of Sardinia
*Do you use a pseudonym? Lord Ergo of Phizmiz, 31st Tap Dancing Champion of Erith
*Founding Members: Him
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Either all also none. I try to make "music without limits" - which is a quite lovely phrase coined in this context by the great Vernon Lenoir.
*Another genre descriptor: Trombone Wielding Warrior of the Soft-Shoe Shuffle
*Location: Olde England. Currently residing in the Southern areas.
*Original Location: The Northern Lands.
*What is your creative/artistic background: Inability to do much more than draw pictures and compose music. Began writing operettas as a teenager which somewhere along the line evolved into what I do now. I took a few years off to stand on stages and shout things at people, then found a mixer and didn't stop.
*History: As long as I can remember.
*Motivations: The truth of this matter is that I'm perpetually pummelled by a ceaseless cacophony of just-about fully-formed ideas, and am constantly driven by the need to try out new things. Only yesterday I engraved "Born in the USA" onto a piece of plywood and developed a system for playing it like a record by rubbing it up and down my back. Now I've developed a new method of sound reproduction but can't sit down.
*Philosophy: Eat, drink and be merry.
*How would you like to be remembered: That would be very nice, thank you.