‘The Pyre: versions distilled to stereo’

KTL shelter press stephen o'mallley peter rehberg gisele vienne

KTL ‘The Pyre: versions distilled to stereo’



Printed artwork on innersleeve with matt varnish and outer sleeve with UV varnish.

First pressing
700 copies on clear green vinyl (out of stock)
300 on black vinyl (now available)


Music by KTL (Stephen O’Malley & Peter Rehberg)
Mastering: Matt Colton at Alchemy
Artworks: Estelle Hanania
Design: Bartolomé Sanson


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On November 22nd French music, art and publishing imprint Shelter Press will release another chapter of its on-going documentation of the work of Gisèle Vienne

‘The Pyre: versions distilled to stereo’ is the score composed and recorded by KTL (Stephen O’Malley & Peter Rehberg) for the dance piece ‘The Pyre’, written and directed by Gisèle Vienne.

The music created by KTL (Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley) incorporates invisible and absent elements – ghosts, one might say. It proceeds from simulated diegetic sounds (which are part of the action) interwoven with real sounds – a musical creation that makes up an extra-diegetic sound score. This composition dizzyingly sculpts the space on stage and generates an impression of great spatial depth, which activates light-sculptures that in turn evoke the illusion of a tunnel, whose depth also results in a play of reflections.

Through these different media, the aim is to develop and shatter – without looking to resolve – the exceptional intensity that can arise from the dialectical tension between presence and absence, as well as from the characters that are seeking flight.

The music, originally performed on a multichannel spatialisized soundsystem has been distilled to this stereo version for home use, halfspeed mastered and cut by Matt Colton.

This record announces – and is one chapter – in the forthcoming release of the first monograph dedicated to the work of French choreographer Gisèle Vienne and documented by French photographer Estelle Hanania. This book – is one of Shelter Press’ most ambitious to date – catalog number 100 – will be released in Spring 2019.

First edition of 700 copies on clear green wax. Printed artwork on innersleeve with matt varnish and outersleeve with aqueous UV finish. DL card included.

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