Porest – Dr Klangendum #187

Mon 24 Apr '17

Dr Klangendum 187

A special feature Tuesday 25th April on Mark Porest, radio-artist, stand-up musician and All-American-Vietnamese guy. We asked him to make a radio piece for the Avantgardistic State, and this turned out to be ‘Flimsy Tomb’. The rest of the broadcast are snippets from some of his other releases; ‘Radio Between the Lines’, ‘The Parallel Broadcasts’ and ‘Modern Journal of Popular Savagery’. We mixed up all this material (quite savagely, too) so no use making a playlist for that. But Flimsy Tomb has a very nice one, and here it is:


  1. The Porest Trap (7:00)
  2. The Requirements of the Revolution in the New Context – Hanoi Radio Segment #1 (1:28)
  3. Kong the Chap (0:19)
  4. Triumph of the Nataree (0:50)
  5. Larry Burridge (0:43)
  6. Transformation is Futile (0:40)
  7. Bintanom (0:45)
  8. The Next Flight (1:27)
  9. No Recourse (2:28)
  10. Identity Event 1.1 (0:26)
  11. FBI of Tarsus (1:19)
  12. Hanoi Radio Segment #2 (0:58)
  13. Nullified (0:50)
  14. Memorii (1:32)
  15. Head Down (0:38)
  16. Esau (2:35)
  17. Critic’s Coroner (1:32)
  18. Sharwaf (2:19)

Recorded by Mark Gergis at all times, everywhere, including Hanoi, Vietnam (until March, 2017).
Erik Gergis • Electronics, percussion & voice – No Recourse • Keys – Identity Event 1.1
Peter Conheim • Introduction – Larry Burridge.

Thank you: Lukas Simonis, Vicki Bennett, Hicham Chadly and Ayesha Keshani and Porest Sound – 2017

When you’re allowed to walk away from captivity, there’s a fairly good chance you’ll return on your own accord. A mini-album created from Porest’s Hanoi, Vietnam base for Dr Klangendum. Framed by a claustrophobic radio drama, and featuring a wide range of sound and music from the Porest archives as well as material recorded exclusively for this programME. Big and small songs, tape collage, on-location radio recordings, horror and humour – tightly sunk into a 28-minute tomb.


Porest (aka Mark Gergis) has created a decades-long legacy of confounding agitprop sound art, post-globalised hate-pop, diabolical radio dramas and carefully rearranged realities. Porest’s blatant embezzlement of human syntax and cultural misunderstanding broadcasts vital mixed messages. Collaborations have included: Aavikko (Finland) Alan Bishop/Sun City Girls (USA), and Negativland (USA) among others. Gergis was a co-founder of the long-running experimental Bay Area music and performance collective Mono Pause – as well as its offshoot Neung Phak, performing inspired renditions of southeast Asian musics. Since 2003, with the Sublime Frequencies label, and more recently, with his own record label – Sham Palace, Gergis has shared decades of research and scores of archived international music, film footage and sound recordings acquired during extensive travels in the Middle East, South East Asia and elsewhere.