“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.www.ideologic.org