Stephen O'Malley

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Stephen O'Malley
O’Malley with Æthenor in Rome 2010
O’Malley with Æthenor in Rome 2010
Background information
Born (1974-07-15) July 15, 1974 (age 46)
OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
GenresDrone metal, experimental metal, doom metal, dark ambient
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, art director, graphic designer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, piano, synthesizer
Years active1993–present
LabelsSouthern Lord, Aurora Borealis, Editions Mego, Hydra Head, VHF
Associated actsÆthenor, Burning Witch, Fungal Hex, Ginnungagap, Grave Temple, Khanate, KTL, Lotus Eaters, Nazoranai, Pentemple, Sarin, Sunn O))), Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Thorr's Hammer
Websiteideologic.org

Stephen O'Malley (sometimes referred to as SOMA; born July 15, 1974)[1] is an American guitarist, producer, composer, and visual artist from Seattle, Washington, who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone doom, death/doom, and experimental music bands, most notably Sunn O))).

Biography[edit]

O'Malley is a founding member of several bands including Sunn O))) (1998–present), Thorr's Hammer (1994–1995), Burning Witch (1995–1998), KTL (2005–present), and Khanate (2000–2006). Within these projects and alone, he has collaborated with a variety of artists including Greg Anderson, Scott Walker, Merzbow, Eyvind Kang, Alan Moore, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Alvin Lucier, F.M. Einheit, Randall Dunn, James Plotkin, Julian Cope, Joe Preston, Attila Csihar, Stuart Dempster, Mika Vainio, Peter Rehberg, Lee Dorian, Thurston Moore, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nurse With Wound, Boris, Michio Kurihara, Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino, Daniel O'Sullivan & Kristoffer Rygg (in the free improvisation act Æthenor together with Vincent de Roguin and Steve Noble), Aaron Turner, David Tibet, Oren Ambarchi, Alexander Tucker, Z'EV and more recently with Senyawa, Félicia Atkinson, Kali Malone and François J. Bonnet.[2]

O'Malley also produced work together with the Franco-Austrian choreographer and director Gisèle Vienne on the pieces Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk (2008), Eternelle Idole (2009), This Is How You Will Disappear (2010)[3], Last Spring: A Prequel (2011), and The Pyre (2013). He has also worked with American sculptor Banks Violette (various projects between 2005–2009), the Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari (2007–2011), Swiss art collective KLAT (2009), and the Belgian film maker Alexis Destoop (Kairos with Oren Ambarchi, 2010).[citation needed]

O'Malley has designed record covers since the early 1990s for groups such as Earth, Burzum, Emperor, Mayhem, Gehenna, Boris, Dissection, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Cathedral. He has also worked as a rock/metal music journalist & published a black metal fanzine called Descent in the 1990s. He was involved with creation of both the Southern Lord[4] label and the experimental/neofolk/black metal label The Ajna Offensive.[5] In 2011, he began curating and art directing the Ideologic Organ record label, in association with the Viennese Editions Mego.[citation needed]

Although he is originally from Seattle, O'Malley's website indicates that he lives in Paris, France.

Discography[edit]

With Sunn O)))[edit]

With Khanate[edit]

  • Khanate (CD & 12" 2001)
  • Live WFMU 91.1 (CD 2002)
  • No Joy (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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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 KTL[edit]

  • KTL (CD & LP 2006 on Aurora Borealis)
  • KTL 2 (CD & LP 2007 on Thrill Jockey)
  • KTL 3 (CD & LP on OR 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)

Solo works[edit]

  • 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 on The Tapeworm, 2009)
  • Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit (Cassette 2010, LP 2012)
  • רומיאו (Cassette 2011, LP 2012)
  • obscurantisme (2xCD & 2xLP 2012)
  • "Epipsychidion" on the compilation Songs of Decadence: A Soundtrack to the Writings of Stanisław Przybyszewski (2013)
  • Gruidés (LP DDS DDS013 2015)
  • Eternelle Idole (2xLP 2015 Shelter Press)
  • Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs (2xLP 2015 Ideologic Organ)
  • Dread Live (LP 2016 Ideologic Organ)
  • End Ground (LP 2016 Ideologic Organ)

With Grave Temple[edit]

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

With Æthenor[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Sarin – Nihilist (cassette 1996)
  • Thorr's HammerDommedagsnatt (cassette 1996, CD 1998, CD reissue 2004, picture disc 2004, gatefold LP 2009)
  • Teeth of Lions Rule the DivineRampton (CD 2002)
  • Pentemple – Sunn O))) Presents (CD & LP 2008)
  • Brain DonorWasted 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)
  • Nazoranai – なぞらない (CD & 2xLP 2012)
  • ÄÄNIPÄÄ – Through A Pre-Memory (CD & LP 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Images". Sunn O))) & Boris. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "recording credits". Discogs.com.
  3. ^ "productions". Gisèle Vienne homepage.
  4. ^ Wray, John (May 28, 2006). "Heady Metal". New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2008.
  5. ^ "The Ajna Offensive". Metal Maniacs. Retrieved August 10, 2008.

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