05 03 2015
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Stephen O'MALLEY March 2015 biography/discography


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Stephen O’Malley
March 2015

STATEMENT: 
"Insofar they may expand on the O))) principles albeit perhaps a more sculptural and angular direction; the extended solid and geometric aspects of the guitar and amplifiers, sound pressure, volume and temporal structure as ambiguous and solitary form."

Stephen O’Malley (b. 1974) was born in New Hampshire, USA and raised in Seattle. He eventually spent a decade in New York and presently is based in Paris. 

As a composer and musician he has been involved in hundreds of concerts and performances around the world over since 1993. 

O’Malley is a founding member of several groups including Thorr's Hammer (1993), Burning Witch (1995), Sunn O))) (1998), Khanate (2000), KTL (2005), Nazoranai (2011), ÄÄNIPÄÄ (2011) and others. He is a frequent collaborator of many outsider musicians, artists and composers in various formations, in concert and studio settings. He was also part of the formative teams which created the Southern Lord (1998) and Ajna Offensive (1995) record labels, and has worked as the art director for the Misanthropy records label (1997-2000) and others, as well as for various NY based advertising agencies and publications (1998-2006). In 2011 he created the Ideologic Organ record label in collaboration with Peter Rehberg / Editions Mego.

Wildly prolific, O’Malley’s oeuvre is defined by its remarkable breadth and complexity and includes collaborations with a wide range of experimental musicians, including Scott Walker, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustaffson, Peter Rehberg, and Oren Ambarchi; French choreographer and theater director Gisèle Vienne; author Dennis Cooper; contemporary composers Iancu Dumitrescu, Roger Tessier, Eyvind Kang and Alvin Lucier; Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov; American sculptor Banks Violette; Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari; Luxembourg’s filmmaker artists Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert; Swiss artist Emily Ding; American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch; Fashion designer Rick Owens; Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop; and many others. O’Malley’s multifaceted, multidisciplinary interests intersect on many levels.

Within Gisèle Vienne plays, he has created the music for Kindertotenlieder (2006), This is How You Will Disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), The Pyre (2013) and The Ventriloquy Convention (2015) in collaboration with Peter Rehberg (with whom he founded the band KTL) and also for Eternelle Idole (2009). 

O’Malley has also worked together with film makers and visual artists in gallery and museum installation work, notably with the American sculptor, Banks Violette on several pieces between 2005-2008. 

More information about his work is available at: http://www.ideologic.org/


Audio (solo)
Solo concert @ Blæst, Trondheim, Norway 10 JAN 2015 https://soundcloud.com/stephen-omalley/live-blaest-trondheim-norway-10-jan-2015
Solo concert @ Dread Exhibition opening in Haarlem, Netherlands 6 SEP 2013: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-omalley/live-at-dread-exhibition
Solo concert @ Centre Cultural Suisse / Ban Bonn Carte Blanche, Paris 18 OCT 2013: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-omalley/stephen-omalley-live-at-centre


Video
Paris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md94O9T3OxA
Martigny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tiojz7Cp1j4
Belgium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BPu1Dxro2c
Oslo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPScmja_pKQ
Jerusalem (Israeli 70s amplifiers): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMOep0dDHhU

 

Select discography

with Sunn O)))

The Grimmrobe Demos (demo 1998, CD 2000, 2xPLP 2003, 2xLP 2004, 3xPLP 2008)
ØØ Void (CD 2000, 2xLP 2003, CD & 2LP 2011)
Flight of the Behemoth (CD & 2xLP 2002)
White1 (CD & 2xLP 2003)
Veils It White (12" 2003)
The Libations of Samhain (live CD 2003)
Live Action Sampler (promotional mix 2xCD 2004)
Live White (live 2xCD 2004)
White2 (CD & 2xLP 2004)
Cro-Monolithic Remixes for an Iron Age (12" 2004)
Candlewolf of the Golden Chalice (12" 2005)
Black One & Solstitium Fulminate (2xCD 2005)
Black One (CD 2005, 2xLP 2006)
AngelComa (split LP 2006)
La Mort Noir dans Esch/Alzette (CD 2006)
WHITEbox (4xLP Box 2006)
Altar (collaboration with Boris, 3xLP & CD 2006)
Oracle (12" 2007)
Dømkirke (live 2xLP 2008)
Che (with Pan Sonic) (10” 2009)
(初心) Grimmrobes Live 101008 (Cassette 2009)
Monoliths & Dimensions (CD & 2xLP 2009)
Agharthi Live 09-10 (LP + 7" 2011)
The Iron Soul of Nothing (collaboration with Nurse With Wound) (2xLP 2011)
Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 (LP 2012)
LA Reh 012 (LP 2014)
Terrestrials (collaboration with Ulver, CD & LP 2014)
Soused (collaboration with Scott Walker, CD & 2xLP 2014)
v/a The Beast of Attila Csihar “Decay: The Symptoms of Kali Yuga” (CD 2003)
v/a Let There Be Doom II “Hell-O)))-Ween” (demo) (CD 2004)
v/a Darkness Hath No Boundaries “It Took The Night To believe” (CD 2006)
v/a Darkness Knows No Boundaries “Etna” (as SUNN & Boris) (CD 2006)
v/a Jukebox Buddha “BP//Simple” (CD 2006)
v/a Within The Church of Thee Overlords “Orakulum (edit)” (CD 2007)
v/a VISIONARE 53 SOUND “Ultra Orthodox Caveman” (4xPictureLP & 2xCD magazine 2007)
v/a Does your cat know my dog? "Isengard (Chopped & Screwed)" (LP 2009)

with KTL

KTL (CD & LP 2006 on Aurora Borealis)
KTL 2 (CD & LP 2007 on Thrill Jockey)
KTL 3 (CD & LP 2007)
Eine eiserne Faust in einem Samthandschuh (CD 2007 on Editions Mego) - limited to 300 copies
KTL - Live in Krems (LP released in December '07 by Editions Mego)
IKKI (CD 2008 on Editions Mego)
Victor Sjöström's The Phantom Carriage: KTL Edition (DVD 2008, USA DVD 2011)
KTL IV Paris Demos (CDR 2008)
KTL 4 (CD 2009, 2x12" & 7" Japan 2009, CD Japan 2009)
KTL V (CD 2012, 2xLP 2012)
KTL V INA GRM Studies (12" 2012)
The Pyre (CD & 2xLP 2015)
KTL Live Archive (12 x cassette series 2015)

solo works

Fungal Hex (CD 2001, 2x12" picture disc 2005)
Caveman Skull 1&2 (2xMP3CD 2004)
Devolution/Evolution: Stephen O’Malley interviews Dylan Carlson (MP3 2005)
Press Conference/Panel at Roskilde Festival 010705 (MP3 2006)
Magistral (with Z'EV) (CD 2007)
Salt (CD 2008)
6°F Skyquake (with Attila Csihar) (CD 2008, Book & LP 2008)
Keep An Eye Out (12" 2009)
Petite Géante (Cassette 2009)
Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit (Cassette 2010, LP 2012)
V/A Hans Trapp (7 inch compilation 2011)
Stephen O'Malley & Atsuo - Uroborus Circuit (LP 2011)
רומיאו (Cassette 2011)
obscurantisme (2xCD & 2xLP 2012 UNRELEASED)
Songs of Decadence: A Soundtrack to the Writings of Stanisław Przybyszewski (7 inch compilation 2013)
Escalade (Cassette 2013)
Tempestarii + DISintegration (Cassette 2013)
Gruidés (LP 2015)
Eternelle Idole (2xLP 2015)


with Khanate

Khanate (CD & 12" 2001)
Live WFMU 91.1 (CD 2002)
No Joy (Remix) (12" 2003)
Things Viral (CD & 12" 2003)
Let Loose the Lambs (DVD 2004)
KHNT vs. Stockholm (CD 2004)
Live Aktion Sampler 2004 (CD 2004)
Capture & Release (CD, 12", picture disc 2005)
Dead/Live Aktions (DVD 2005)
It's Cold When Birds Fall from the Sky (CD 2005)
Clean Hands Go Foul (LP & PLP 2008, CD Japan & CD+live DVD 2009)

with Burning Witch

Demo (cassette 1996)
Rift.Canyon.Dreams (12" 1998)
Towers... (12" 1998)
Crippled Lucifer (CD 1998, cassette 1999, 2CD 2008)
Burning Witch/Goatsnake split (CD 2000)
Burning Witch/Asva split (12" picture disc 2004)
Burning Witch (4xLP + DVD boxset 2012)

with Ginnungagap

1000% Downer (CD & 12" 2004)
Return to Nothing (CD 2004, 12" 2008)
Remeindre (CD & 12" 2005)
Crashed like Wretched Moth (12" 2006)

with Lotus Eaters

Alienist on a Pale Horse (CD & 12" 2001)
Four Demonstrations (CD 2001)
Mind Control for Infants (CD 2002, 2xLP 2009)
DR-55 (7" 2002)
Wurmwulv (CD 2007, 2xLP 2011)

with Grave Temple

The Holy Down (CD 2007)
Ambient/Ruin (demo CD 2008, LP 2013)
Le Vampire de Paris (CD 2009)

with Æthenor

Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light (CD & LP 2007)
Betimes Black Cloudmasses (CD & LP 2008)
Faking Gold & Murder (CD & LP 2009)
En Form for Blå (CD & 2xLP 2011)

various

Sarin – Nihilist (cassette 1996)
Thorr's Hammer – Dommedagsnatt (cassette 1996, CD 1998, CD reissue 2004, picture disc 2004, gatefold LP 2009)
Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine – Rampton (CD 2002)
Pentemple – Sunn O))) Presents (CD & LP 2008)
Brain Donor – Wasted Fuzz Excessive (CD 2009)
Spaceship – Spaceship (CD 2009)
Peeesseye – Robust Commercial Fucking Scream (Cassette 2009)
Stephen O'Malley & Steve Noble – St Francis Duo (CD & 2xLP 2012)
Ensemble Pearl – s/t (2xLP & 2xCD 2012)
Nazoranai – なぞらない (CD & 2xLP 2012)
ÄÄNIPÄÄÄ – Through A Pre-Memory (2xLP & CD 2013)
Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram – Live In Israel I (CD 2013)‎
Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram – Live In Israel II (CD 2013)‎
Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram – Paris - London (III). Spectrum XXI Festival (CD 2013)‎
Ambarchi / O'Malley / Dunn – Shade Themes From Kairos (2xLP & 2xCD 2014)
Iancu DUMITRESCU - Ana-Maria AVRAM - Ivan VOLKOV (CD 2014)
Nazoranai – 番痛い時は一度だけそれは もう 訪れているのかな...(CD & 2xLP 2014)
Vesuvio – s/t (CD 2014, LP 2015)

 

photo: André Løyning February 2015

 

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