7/12 2:04:51 UTC
You Origin: Our Collaboration with Stephen O’Malley

We’re delighted to announce we’ll be collaborating with Stephen O’Malley, the co-founder of drone metal group SUNN O))), to outfit the performers of You Origin, a series of concerts and musical interventions for the Alignments of Carnac in Bretagne, France. 

You Origin is an invitation to explore the megalithic alignments of Carnac through music and sound, to feel their mystery and the delicacy of the landscape in which they are inscribed, to contemplate the passage of time, the variations of light on the stones and to experience the movement of sound in this extraordinary environment. The programme, which is largely acoustic, is designed for specific times of the day and night, among the menhirs but also in the church of Saint-Cornély and the chapel of Kergroix. It brings together, around Stephen O'Malley, the artists Kali Malone, Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang, Raven Chacon, Timothy Archambault, François Bonnet, Macadam ensemble and the ensemble Alponom. Several musical works and interventions specially composed by Stephen O'Malley for the Carnac site will be created for the occasion, and outdoor performers will be prepared for all weather conditions by Early Majority.

According to Stephen O’Malley, “the alignments of Carnac bring together thousands of menhirs in a single pointillist movement straight from the dawn of the Neolithic. These great stone serpents cross the landscape from one side to the other, and come to life with the dawn. The presence of the concept of time is evident, an immobile presence. The attempt to time the world is perceptible in the air, almost tangible. As the day progresses, the colour of the menhirs changes imperceptibly. Despite their six thousand years of petrification, they move back and forth in a matter of minutes. This mystery deeply disturbs anyone who witnesses it. A mystery that excites the imagination. A mystery that reduces to hypothesis any attempt at an answer, a conclusion or a definition. And it keeps bringing us back to the fundamental questions of WHO, WHY and WHEN. In the end, it is the land and the ocean that have taken over the site and its use. All that remains are five jade axes, an engraving of five snakes and those three thousand menhirs embroidering the landscape in the symmetry and geometry of their long, imperfect footprints.”

Photography credit: Kali Malone