Stephen O'Malley (US)
An all-out metal revisionist with Sunn O))), American Stephen O’Malley is an insatiable artist. Originally from Seattle, the founder of Southern Lord Records is primarily a guitarist, well-known for the heady drone music he champions as part of a number of bands. He founded and was a member of many groups associated with drone, death metal, stoner rock, and experimental music. Chief among those acts are KTL, Lotus Eaters, and Sunn O))). O'Malley released a wide range of albums both as a solo act and as part of groups, and he also produced music for films and shows. Very much focused on all things experimental, O’Malley proudly acknowledges his predilection for moods characterized by a drawn-out, ambient malaise, filling the space with interferences and additional sonic saturation. For his first trip to MUTEK, he’ll share the bill with Tim Hecker for a singular experience in an unusual venue for the festival, the St-James United Church.