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The Pyre (vinyl LP)
KTL & Gisèle Vienne [see all titles]
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 KTL & Gisèle Vienne The Pyre (vinyl LP)
Mastering: Matt Colton at Alchemy.

Text and voice: Dennis Cooper.

Artwork by Estelle Hanania.

Graphic design: Bartolomé Sanson.
published in December 2018
clear green vinyl LP (printed artwork on innersleeve with matt varnish and outer sleeve with UV varnish)
5 tracks (08'59 / 08'48 / 05'20 / 09'54 / 10'36)
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The score composed and recorded by KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg) for the dance piece ‘The Pyre', written and directed by Gisèle Vienne. A tensed composition haunted by the voice of Dennis Cooper.
This score 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.
Audio sample: https://soundcloud.com/shelter-press/sets/ktl-the-pyre-sp098/s-fRDA6.
KTL is the duo musical collaboration of Peter Rehberg and Stephen O'Malley, initially formed to score and perform in Gisèle Vienne's theatre piece Kindertotenlieder in 2006. KTL is a living piece of music, where long, flexible and free evolution is important to the character of the sound, and allowing all potential possibility to remain open in the performances.

Gisèle Vienne (born 1976 in Charleville-Mézières, France, lives and works in Paris) is a choreographer, director and visual artist. Since 1999 she directs performances and exhibits her photographs and installations.

See also Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper & Peter Rehberg.