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Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Gruidés
Format: LP
Label: Demdike Stare
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"The dark interpreter Stephen OMalley ov Sunn O))) presents his towering orchestral composition Gruidés, commissioned by French 35-piece improv orchestra ONCEIM -- lOrchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisation Musicales -- and released thru Demdike Stares DDS label. In early 2014 OMalley was approached by pianist and composer Frédéric Blondy to write a work for the orchestra, which is made up of exceptional musicians from the fields of contemporary, jazz, experimental, improvisation, and classical. Understandably intimidated by the prospect, but encouraged to "just be punk rock about it," the preternaturally gifted composer has conceived a technically demanding -- for the players, at least -- and richly rewarding long-form drone piece intently focused on harmonic experimentation and overtone study. During its 35-minute lifespan, Gruidés requires the musicians to sustain pitches for several minutes (which is difficult enough for strings, and a real feat of endurance for woodwind), yielding spectra of eliding dissonance rent in sliding tone clusters and lucent geometries punctuated by a similar whipcrack percussion to that used in Sunn O)))s 2014 collaboration with Scott Walker. It makes great use of the acoustic qualities of Saint Merry church in central Paris, as captured in the recording of IRCAMs Augustin Muller and mastered by Matt Colton with a detached spaciousness evocatively distilled in Jean-Luc Vernas cover art. Its an incredibly immersive piece that comes highly recommended if youre into the work of Phill Niblock, Alvin Lucier, Ellen Fullman, Harley Gaber, and, indeed, Sunn O)))." - Demdike Stare.

Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit
Format: Cass
Label: Editions Mego
Country: Austria
Price: $13.50
"Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit is a recently excavated long-form piece from 2006, 40+ minutes of minimalist guitar work relating to Stephen OMalleys (SunnO))), Khanate, etc.) work on Keep An Eye Out (Table of the Elements, 2009) & Salt (iDEAL Recordings, 2008). Pure guitar saturation and amplifier feedback is the name of the game here. A sub-shifter monster of a track. This release is the first in a series of 3 cassette releases that OMalley will be releasing for Editions Mego. Edition of 250 copies. Running length: 40:44. Program repeats on both sides. Recorded November 2006, NYC 10025 Soma. Reamped through 2 x SUNN2000S w/Oekel custom cabinets/G12M speakers, JUN10 PARIS 75010, Turzi. Mastered AUG10 KÖLN 506070, Piethopraxis." - Editions Mego.
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Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Dread Live
Format: LP
Label: Ideal
Country: Sweden
Price: $25.00
"Stephen OMalley deploys the second in a trio of documents of his improvisational prowess following his crushing Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs, which was brought forward in tribute to the November 2015 Paris attacks and released in December 2015. The minimalist electric guitar mantra Dread Live was performed at Studio Helmbreker in Haarlem, Netherlands, on September 6, 2013, and recorded by Mathijs Ton, with technical support by the great Tos Nieuwenhuizen, using a hypercardioid ribbon mic with immaculate 70s valve amp backline. The set was programmed as part of the opening of the Dread -- Fear in the age of technological acceleration exhibition at De Hallen Haarlem, curated by Juha vant Zelfde. It renders 40 minutes of Sunn O)))s OMalley at his most depressive and heavy and is something akin to a slow-motion baptism by waves of tarry, blackened harmonic distortion, holding the listener under its sinking pressure. How low can you go? OMalley knows. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Edition of 700 hand-numbered copies.” - Ideal.
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Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: End Ground
Format: LP
Label: Ideal
Country: Sweden
Price: $25.00
“End Ground forms the 3rd and final installment in a series of records documenting the solo prowess of Sunn 0)))s Stephen OMalley released on Swedens iDEAL Recordings. It was performed on electric guitar thru Sunn model T amps, and captured on zoom H4 at Centre Cultural Suisse, Bad Bonn Carte Blanche, Paris, France, on October 18th, 2013. In solo mode, stripped of his usual accomplices and collaborators, OMalley is no less than an elemental force. His durational meditations absorb and consume with steady-handed wave after wave of charred, sustained, and sub-harmonized chords casting the mesmerizing minimalist practice of La Monte Young into the physicality of Black Sabbaths original, heavy metal die. The A-side/first half of this 45 minute performance features OMalley tentatively coaxing out languorous riffs which turn the air around him to a pensive, vibrating mush. As the 2nd half dawns he begins to deliver more crushing blows, drawing out and subsiding the chords with a patented, gut-wrenching and vivifying power that transcends rock, avant-garde, minimalism -- all of that -- to awaken dormant senses not usually experienced with other musics or concise temporality. As with many of the most affective heavy drone recordings by Sunn 0))), among others, a modicum of patience is required in order to attain the right state for reception, but once your mind and body are malleable, the impact is deliciously visceral, primal and whelming. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Individually hand-numbered edition of 700 copies.” - Ideal.

Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Eternelle Idole
Format: Double LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $43.00
“This double LP documents Stephen OMalleys Eternelle Idole, his score for Paris-based choreographer Gisèle Viennes artistic ice-skating piece of the same name. Comprising 47 minutes of music spread over three sides and enhanced by an elegant and chilling photoset by Estelle Hanania, the album features familiar OMalley collaborators Steve Moore, Daniel OSullivan, Peter Rehberg, Jesse Sykes, Bill Herzog, and Randall Dunn. Recorded between Brest, France; Seattle; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the score sees OMalley taking several creative detours, utilizing modular synthesizers and programming as key elements for much of the composition. Eerie keyboard- and piano-phrases draw a white, monochrome stage for a young girls stark and emotive elegy. Clavichord and guitars weave through the darkness, supported by Sykess prophetic voice. Mirroring the score, Hananias 16 photographs of the choreographic piece display the grace, sustain, geometry, telemetry, distance, and perfection of ice-skating, as well as possible falls and gloomy shadows. Metal against ice; tights and knots; spirals and scratches; shouts and winds -- field recordings mold a crispy atmosphere while instruments draw lakes, ice skating rings, cosmic belts, and a terrestrial cloud passage and eventual landing platform for a flying saucer. 180-gram white double LP with 16-page, 30 x 30-cm, saddle-stitched, full-color booklet in 350-gram sleeve with gloss varnish. Edition of 500.” - Shelter Press.

Artist: O MALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Petite Geante
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $10.00
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