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The Time Travel Musical Bazaar

Turntable junkshop podcasts on WFMU, mixed and presented by Ergo Phizmiz & The Travelling Mongoose. Subscribe at

Updated: 2014-10-04T18:13:56.930-07:00




This week, and the next six weeks, the time-machine presents one very long, three-hour mix chopped up into digestible half-hour chunks. For the next few weeks the TTMB blog will remain on this post - Mr Phizmiz is away on adventures!

We're not 100% sure which tracks were used on which section of the mix, and intermittenly over the next few weeks will be randomly back announcing, but anyways ... here is a list of every record we used in this filthy trombone of a mix ...

Pereyra and his Tropical Harp
The Royal Latin Orchestra
Lyn Marshall's Yoga
Pepe Jaramillo
Roberto Delgado
Louis Jordan
Various Sound-Effects 7"s
Pablo Rotero and his Mexican Brass Boys
Boogie Woogie Corner
Pinky & Perky
George Malcolm
Billie Holiday
Geoff Love Singers
Wayne King
Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra
Cole Porter
Fairground Fantasia in Stereo
Classical Gold
West Side Story
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Elvis Presley
Erik Satie
Harpo Marx
The Companies Act 1967
Raymond Scott
Franz Liszt
Django Reinhardt
Indo-Jazz Suite
Pacific Serenaders
Kai Warner Singers & Orchestra
Four Traditional Fairytales
Mornington Island Corroboree Songs
BBC Sound Effects
The Strauss Family
Edmundo Ros & his Orchestra
Koledy Polskie
Arthur Sullivan
The Sound of Music
Spike Jones & his City Slickers
Glenn Miller
Wendy Carlos
Noel Coward
The Chaplin Collection
Bird Sounds in Close-Up
Marlene Dietrich
Siegfried Wendel
Oscar Peterson & Joe Pass
Nat King Cole
Dr Dolittle
Kathleen Ferrier
David Carroll & his Orchestra
The World of the Cinema Organ
Louis Armstrong
The New Sound Crusaders Steel Band
Led Zeppelin
Hungarian Folksongs
Breakthrough Studio 2 Sound
Johann Strauss II
Hansi Roler
Ludwig Koch
Bert Kaempfert & his Orchestra

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Pictures of the catastrophe ...


Damp Squib Minimix Fiesta



This week in the time-machine, a brand new experiment in "minimixing", inspired by the quizzical expression of the eastern gentleman pictured above. Taking four 7" records, namely:





... and working entirely with a single side of each record, across four turntables, to produce short, improvised mixes. With each mix we swapped records and had much fun playing about with accident and chaos. Business as usual, then, but with a mini, fun-size twist.

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Beats & Bobs


A hhhhuge server crash at WFMU meant that this podcast didn't go out on time, but it's now available, albeit with a rather minimal blogpost. A 25 minute mix of drums, Stravinsky, Grieg, and all sorts of shattering and clattering. Perhaps the sound of a crashing server?

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Norman's Attic : Volume Two



This week in the time-machine, disaster results in new approaches to time-travelling! The window at the top of the time-machine was left wide open on a sunny day, which became a rainy night, during which time Ergo & The Mongoose used conventional transport to travel a mere 100 miles away (with a few detours). Returning to the time-machine, they found a thoroughly washed mixer, and many drenched records. Fortunately amplifier, turntables, and recording facilities were left unwashed.

Phew! The mixer now sits by a radiator, soaking up the heat and hopefully soaking out the soak.

But there was a podcast to make! What resulted was attaching two Vestax turntables to the left and right inputs of the amplifier, placing the Dansette monarch next to them, and then miking up the three speakers.

By the time this has been figured out, it was very late in the day. Maybe that is why what has resulted is a very quiet, slow and spacey mix. Which the time-travellers are pretty happy with.

Using the next batch of records found in Norman's Attic, no pre-monitoring, and no effects, we hear Don Williams (incidentally also the name of Ergo's grandfather) singing with the Geoff Love Choir, multiple versions of Concerto de Aranjuez bouncing off each other, a Camel carrying a Snow Goose, a bizarre man at the piano with an eyeless woman, and a very warped Dvorak New World Symphony.

The main visual anomaly of the set, though, was definitely this disturbing shot of Nicholas Nicholas playing piano, accompanied by the woman with no eyeballs ....


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Norman's Attic : Volume One



This week on TTMB, an ubermix of 80s and classical music cats, from a pile of records discovered in the attic of a man called Norman (the pictured lady is not Norman).

No pre-listening, straight to the studio within ten minutes of discovering the records, spontaneous junk mix of prog, Belinda Carlisle, Beethoven, Black Box, and non-stop rock!

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Next week, Norman's Attic : Volume Two!

Some discoveries and phenomena ...






Sweaty Satch and String Vest


This week in the time-machine, further shenanigens with broken CDrs and lock-grooves (see last week's blog-entry for Blue Peter style demonstration. Swathes of classical guitar clashing with jazz, acid, and Erik Satie. Along the way we picked up Spike Jones and his City Slickers, then dropped them off the 16th century to alter the course of musical history. Lockgroovetastic!

A fairly minimal blog this week, because en-route to the Battle of Hastings in the time-machine we realised we'd forgotten the camera. Instead, feast your eyes on this blue tuba!

And a man in a string vest ...

We tried to find a picture of a vest in a string-man, but no luck ....
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Things to make and do .....



This week we went all handicraft in the time-machine, travelling through the ages armed with scissors and blu-tack, making origami animals as we mixed a lockgroovetastic lovefest of jazz, bossa-nova, and spacetime samba.

Four turntables, four broken CDrs, eight pieces of blu-tack, one-delay button, one very late night, one intense time-travelling experience.

To your right is a picture of the inside of our refrigator.

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(And if that's not enough time-travelling for you, you can hear our recent TTMB 3 hour WFMU show HERE)

Bowlly, Boulez, and baldness



This week the time-machine ventures back and forth through simultaneous reggae crossed with Pinocchio, a highly bald Pierre Boulez conducting a Petrushka'd Stravinsky, whilst Harry Belafonte in his days of deformed hand shouts Day-Oh!

This was the second mix of the evening, and the wine was flowing like a river. We were attacked by Daleks wielding electro, and fought back with the delay button.

Watched over by the bespectacled white elephant, we mixed like steaming casseroles and buttered muffins.

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Images of the wreck ....



Get Fighting Fit ......


This week in the time machine, we travel through swathes of acid and homoerotic paratroopers. Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa make a welcome return hitting the skins (of the paratroopers). A hundred drumkits falling down the stairs with a dog named Rover accompanied by the Mike Sammes singers (again). A piano being dropped from a great height. And all at the Cabaret! What a night it was .....Mix created on three portable turntables and a Dansette Monarch. Delay button sprinkled liberally again. Grab this week's TTMB at to the Time Travel Musical Bazaar at debris documented ....And further goodness is provided by, who feature the Time Travel Musical Bazaar on their latest podcast. Cheers chappie .... Check it! Fo shizzle! (Insert lame hip-hop handshake here and think you're really cool).[...]

Under Red Skies


This week the time-machine travelled beneath skies to delight Shepherds the world over, through time and space to bring you a slapdash mix from a haberdashery of Parisian jazz clashing then eventually chatting with Erik Satie, when they realise they're not so different as they first presumed. Fellow time-traveller Dr Who pops in for a quick beer or wine of his preference, and brings along a collection of mechanical-music from the past 500 years or so. Across time in Russia, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky converse delightfully, and raindrops keep falling on my head when I dance in Hungary. Throw in liberal chunks of Puccini and Harpo Marx, cook for thirty minutes on a medium heat.Set up the same as last week. Four turntables, no pre-monitoring, lots of junk-shop and found records. A mixer with a delay button. A dansette that has a tendency to get stuck on a groove at any given time.Subscribe to the Time Travel Musical Bazaar at download this week's podcast at archives of TTMB at of the wreck ....[...]

The Time Machine opens its doors!


Welcome to the Time Machine! A chaotic mix of junkshop goodness this week, with recurring interjections from Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich slapping the skins like hot tuna on a wet bottom. A man with a very tedious voice talks about the Companies Act, while sipping a Tequila Sunrise, a barrel-organist enters the room, orders some hot bratwurst sausages, which are abruptly stolen by Tubby the Tuba, who is murdered by the drummer. And then a short delay. And some cheap jazz for those Saturday evenings when you have no alcohol and your dog has died.Mix created live on four portable and vintage turntables, no headphones, you don't know what you're going to get when the needle hits the record. Able assistance provided by the delay button on the mixer. Copious amounts of chance, chants, red wine, and Belgian beer.The 30 minute podcast can be subscribed to from directly access this week's mp3 via of the debris .... [...]

Subscribe to The Time Travel Musical Bazaar


Ergo Phizmiz & The Travelling Mongoose present their first journey into time on Monday April 9th (stopping off in the year of 2007), with a new podcast every following Monday. And you can subscribe to these weekly 30 minute slabs of junkshop joy at this link ......

Each new podcast will be accompanied by new visual and written time-travel right here at this blog.

See you in the time machine!

Time Travel Musical Bazaar on Phuj Phactory


Tune in to Ergo Phizmiz's Phuj Phactory show on Wednesday March 28th for a special one-off co-production with The Travelling Mongoose, a sneak preview of what The Time Travel Musical Bazaar will sound like.

"The Travelling Mongoose
Wednesday, March 28th, 7pm - 8pm
on Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz

For one week only the Phuj Phactory will be a co-production with musician and composer The Travelling Mongoose. Recorded live on portable turntables on a kitchen table, deep in the countryside of South-West England, just outside Scoriton where people keep being abducted by aliens. Expect a soundclash of classical music, acid, and bossa-nova, mixed live like a hot vegetable casserole."

Hear it at WFMU, and see the complete playlists and archives for Phuj Phactory HERE.

Coming soon to WFMU ....


A weekly podcast coming soon to WFMU, "The Time Travel Musical Bazaar, with Ergo Phizmiz & The Travelling Mongoose". This will be a thirty minute slab of junk-shop vinyl mixed live to disk on four portable turntables. Improvisational soundclashes of bossa-nova, acid, banjo party, ragtime, and whatever else the junkshop throws up.

Each podcast will be accompanied by new content right here on this blog, with pictures of the recording sessions, the records used, ramblings and nonsense, full lists of all source material, exclusive mp3 content, and much more. More or less.

Watch this space, see you in the time machine ...