31 10 2013




Marco Fusinato’s works are almost always serial, as if demonstrating a thesis, using a set of rules as ‘controls’ for experimentation. Certain parameters are applied to the given source material, and the results displayed non- hierarchically as objective data. While Fusinato withholds his own interpretation of these images and objects, the material itself plainly indicates the artist’s interests in the potential overlap of cultural production and radical politics. 

In his ongoing series Mass Black Implosion (2007–) Fusinato takes scores by avant-garde composers, drawing lines from each original note to a chosen point. The completed drawings act as propositions for new noise compositions, or moments of extreme consolidation and intensity, as if every note were played at once.

Over the past five years of the Mass Black Implosion series, Fusinato has engaged with works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Béla Bartók, Percy Grainger, Yves Klein, Glenn Gould, Anthony Pateras and others. The parameters of this body of work are straight-forward: each drawing is comprised of a facsimile of the full score of the selected piece of music; the format of the original publication is retained so that each page of the score is an individually-framed drawing, installed according to the original pagination; each note on a page is connected by a straight line to a single point that Fusinato designates arbitrarily. A full work might be a single page, or in the case of Mass Black Implosion (Treatise, Cornelius Cardew), 193 pages installed together, in this iteration, in a bloc along one wall. 

Another commonality between the works in Mass Black Implosion is evident: each composer that Fusinato ‘plays’ is a leading figure of the Twentieth or Twenty-first Century musical avant-gardes; each one is a rule-breaker. Submitting the works of these radical, and often radically different, composers to a rigorous system of compliance, Fusinato occupies and transforms these existing works from explanations of sound-over-duration, into a statement of sound-as-event. To borrow terms from another of Fusinato’s modes of production, the Mass Black Implosions are instances of appropriation with distortion and amplification. 

Fusinato’s adoption of Cardew’s Treatise for this exhibition is a particularly important moment in the series. The British composer (1936-1981) wrote Treatise over four years, 1963-67. Now a canonical work of modern Western music, the score is 193 pages of graphic notation - lines, symbols and geometric forms - without any instructions to musicians on how to interpret and play the work. Cardew’s intention was to allow performers the freedom to interpret his visual language themselves, with no two performances sounding the same, though this was not an endorsement of improvisation (Cardew expected the performance would be rehearsed, with the forms and sounds read and devised in advance). Cardew’s biographer John Tilbury has suggested that the score can be broken into discrete sections, based on the sequence of notations. In performance it usually is; ensembles select one or several pages and make from these their full concert. Fusinato’s application of the single-point perspective rule to each individual page reasserts this.

Cardew is a singular character in modern music, whose personal ideology saw him give up experimental music in the early 1970s, denouncing even his own ground-breaking work on the basis of his increasingly far-left beliefs. There has been speculation that his death by hit-and-run in 1981 was not accidental, and that his outspoken Marxist-Lenninist position was reason enough for a state-initiated intervention. This legend then, alongside his already remarkable and unique oeuvre as a composer, makes him all the more appropriate a subject for Fusinato’s wider project.

Fusinato’s treatment of Treatise (Cardew’s title itself a reference to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, or Logical-Philosophical Treatise) allows the audience the experience of seeing the entire work at once, rather than the conventional page-by-page mode of reception that both musical and philosophical scores require. The two five-line staves that run through each of Cardew’s pages (his only reference here to conventional notation) is left untouched by the artist’s net of lines, a representation of time among the other symbols that are taken as representations of sound. Also constant is the position of the point of ‘implosion’ on each page, the regularity defying and disciplining Cardew’s irregularity into unity, crushing them into the same experience.

Presented in association with Melbourne Festival.


31 10 2013

Bouschet & Hilbert's "Tempestarii" premiere feedback piano performance pic / Dumitrescu score excerpt




29 10 2013

At GRM with Mr. Lucier yesterday


Spent the afternoon at GRM studio with Mr. Alvin Lucier and Oren Ambarchi recording "Criss Cross" yesterday. What a great afternoon, and generous, humble experience. Thanks to François Bonnet for engineering the recording and settiong up the session for us. 

28 10 2013

Performance of Alvin Lucier's "Criss Cross" at Musée du Louvre last night




Life is great.

Learning that a Hiwatt Custom 100 with all settings on 1 or 2 facing a wall can create a profound sense of delicacy and wave movement/transference. This is what rehearsing/learning with Mr. Lucier is like.

Thanks to Oren, Mr. Lucier, Mr. Volkov, Charles Curtis, Nanxi and her team at Louvre for making this great night happen.

This afternoon, recording of said piece at the GRM, together with Mr. Lucier and Oren.

27 10 2013



Heavenly wine and roses

seem to whisper to me

when you smile


RIP Lou Reed.


23 10 2013

Stephen O'Malley: Live at Centre Cultural Suisse / Ban Bonn Carte Blanche, Paris France 18 Oct 2013

Hello friends: I've posted a raw room recording of my live concert at the CCS, Paris, from last week at the Bad Bonn Carte Blache event. Enjoy, and thanks for listening and your support and interest in my music.


20 10 2013

IOMMI Star on Birmingham Walk of Stars



17 10 2013

SUNN O))) Website/webstore launched





After several years of contemplation regarding our web presence we have decided to launch this small informational/merchandise site. You can find some basic news here and a selection of merch available directly from the band…

We decided to reissue some of the old tour shirts, for the fans who may have missed them the first time around. The archive has become huge over the years, over 40 designs! We will issue 2 every 2 months or so, in an edition fit for the demand. This will be rotational so be sure to come back and see what the currently available designs are.

We also have some rare and limited audio items which we will make available via this site only.

In addition to this you can pick up all of the catalogue items on the currently available formats, and we are offering digital download versions of all of our titles; catalogue, limited, rare, unreleased, and in the future a selection of live (fan and soundboard) recordings.

Thanks for your interest and support. SUNN O))) hail the great fans who have supported over the years allowed us to go so far.

Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson
October 2013 Paris & Los Angeles

15 10 2013

deMEGO027 Stephen O'Malley "TEMPESTARII +DISintegration" Cassette










I am pleased to present the third cassette on Editions Mego in my structural drone guitar triology.

We were invited to create this long suite of music for the film "Tempestarii" by Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert. The music runs around 90 minutes, and will be used in it's entirety for the exhibition of the "Tempestarii DISintegration" at CCRD opderschmelz Dudelange, Luxembourg. I will perform live at the premier screening of "Tempestarii" on 25 October.

This cassette will be released in November by Editions Mego in edition of 250 copies. 

Details on the event and exhibition at CCRD opderschmelz.
Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert 
With live music by Stephen O’Malley
25 October, 8.45PM

Dawn spreads its luminous rays across the coast of Iceland, to reveal a sorcerer standing between wine-dark sea and mountainous black rock. He is tempestarii, a figure of medieval lore, undertaking a primitive rite manifested to conjure a storm. The tides of the deep ocean breathe heavily rising and falling across the cinema screen with amplifying power, as the weather-maker beats a mysterious sack against the monolithic cliffs with powerful repetition.
As a magical tool, this sack contains forceful winds pulled from each corner of world. As an analogy, it is aligned with the revolutionary transformations of nature by water, air, solar radiation, and geological shifts and filled with the vast potential of man’s will in alliance with Nature. As an omen, the tempestarii signals profound change on both physical and metaphysical realms.
Presented as both a live performance and an installation, Tempestarii is an immersive experience of video and sound. By demonstrating contemporary art as meteorological sorcery and political activism, the duo Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert raise a storm and blacken the air.

Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert
With Stephen O’Malley
Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, November 03, 2013
Monday - Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Cast from the premiere performance, Tempestarii will sustain at CCRD in the form of a video and sound exhibition. The duration of the video is designed to consume the entire run of the exhibition period: 9 days, or 108 hours. Within this span of time, Tempestarii will undergo continual change. The video will loop, in a way, yet each iteration is parasitically copied from the preceding version. Video files disintegrate when they are copied again and again, more and more pixels go missing. The resulting loss of definition, as well as parasitic interferences, gradually darken the images until they dissolve into blackness.

Upcoming shows later in 2013:

Tempestarii will be screened at the London & Porto Underground Film Festivals in November. 
Amelia Ishmael will present Tempestarii during the Weight of the Mountains residency program in Skagaströnd, Iceland in December.
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