Composition, arrangement, and performance
KTL is the group created by the musicians Stephen O’Malley and Peter Rehberg beginning with Kindertotenlieder. Their first album was released in October 2006 (Editions Mego).
Composer (b. 1974)
As a composer and musician he has been involved in hundreds of concerts and performances around the world over since 1993. O’Malley is a founding member of several groups including Thorr's Hammer (1993), Burning Witch (1995), Sunn O))) (1998), Khanate (2000), KTL (2005), Nazoranai (2011), ÄÄNIPÄÄ (2011) and others. He is a frequent collaborator of many outsider musicians, artists and composers in various formations, in concert and studio settings. Within Gisèle Vienne plays, he has created the music for Kindertotenlieder (2006), This is How You Will Disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011) and The Pyre (2013) in collaboration with Peter Rehberg (with whom he founded the band KTL) and also for Eternelle Idole (2009).
O’Malley has also worked together with film makers and visual artists in gallery installation work, notably with the American sculptor, Banks Violette on several pieces between 2005-2008.
Composer (b. 1968)
Pita is the pseudonym of Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg. Born in London Rehberg has resided in Vienna for term his adult life. It was here in the early 90’s that Rehberg harnessed aspects of noise, industrial, electro-acoustic and techno to develop a new approach to music. Whether constructing an album entirely from the recordings of a fridge or harnessing the live electronic potential of laptops soon after they hit the market Pita has always been at the forefront of contemporary radical music practice often paving the way for many to follow. Birthing the extreme computer music genre, scoring the works of controversial French theatre director Gisele Vienne, ongoing collaborations with Jim O’Rourke, Fennesz, Marcus Schmickler and Stephen O’Malley all define Rehberg’s open ended approach to the creative act. As head of the influential Editions Mego family of labels, he has released albums by many renowned artists.
As Pita, Rehberg has produced over a dozen albums, covering an astonishing variety of experimental electronic styles. The Get Out / Get Down / Get Off trilogy received broad international critical acclaim and helped define the radical underground experimental electronic scene of the 90’s. Pita has played numerous concerts all over the world including SONAR, ATP, CTM Berlin, MUTEK, Donaufestival, Le Guess Who?, Atonal etc. In 1999 he won the Prix Ars Electronica for Digital Musics & Sound Art.
With two decades of pioneering activity under his belt 2016 saw a surge in new activity. Following a return to live solo performance came the release of his first solo record in 12 years,Get In. With a new "modular" set up Pita has continued playing live with fresh dimensions added to the idiosyncratic beauty/hostile tension that resides in all of his work.