Monday, August 22, 2016
Where Is He Now? is a spoken word composition with text by William S. Burroughs, vocals by Jarboe (Swans), and effects and treatments by Ghazi Barakat (Pharoah Chromium), and myself. The composition is from my forthcoming album of music: A Walk to the End of the World, with texts and vocals by William S. Burroughs, courtesy of his Estate. You can hear four tracks from the album here: https://soundcloud.com/amlehn-burroughs
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
MONSTERS OF GOD is a Protean music performance unit. Each incarnation of the ensemble, will be different to the last, with a changing cast of musicians. The band will perform once in each of its incarnations, and once only, then die, and from its ashes, be reborn, in a completely different form. Its death spasms will become its birth convulsions. The music will always be improvised with no prior prearranged notions, concepts, or structures, and no rehearsals or planning of any kind. MONSTERS OF GOD will go through seven metamorphoses, manifesting seven performances, and then will cease to exist. The musicians will be drawn from different fields of music: ambient, industrial, noise music, free jazz, gothic rock, avant-garde, and neoclassical. Each configuration of the ensemble, will be a response to, and reaction against, the previous one. There is a war behind all things, between the forces of light and darkness, and the clash of these two armies will be heard in the performances of MONSTERS OF GOD. Come, you, and bear witness to what manifests...
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Two excerpts from a performance by the first iteration of MONSTERS OF GOD, filmed by Blandine Massiet Du Biest. All music was improvised in the moment without any predetermined arrangements or rehearsal. Select the 1080P HD setting for optimal viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1HyVzSdH8Q
Monday, May 16, 2016
Announcing the formation of my new music ensemble: MONSTERS OF GOD. The first iteration of the group will feature myself, and several of New Zealand's leading improvisors, including Darryn Paterson-Harkness and Chris O'Connore. We will be performing at the Audio Foundation in Auckland on Friday the 27th of May. Come and bear witness to what manifests.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I am working with the Avestan language for my opera: Oceanic. Avestan is an ancient (Pre-Persian) ritual language used only for declamation. The complex shape of the letters in the written script are precise diagrams indicating the movement of the breath through the larynx, the mouth, and lips. The last remnant of this system that has survived to this day is our letter 'O'.
One of the six video art works that will function as the prologue, entr'actes, and epilogue, in my avant-garde opera work: Oceanic. Select the 1080 HD setting for optimal viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcfLMDmrZN0&list=PLXDd9XG0glOZOt9CYXqs3XV1jcDR7VEvO&index=10
Monday, March 14, 2016
I am currently creating a new avant-garde opera work, titled: Oceanic. The work utilizes recorded music composed in response to my catalyst texts and vocals, from musicians: Rienier van Houdt (Robert Ashley), Michael Riesman (Philip Glass), Thomas Stern (Einsturzende Neubauten), Eberhard Kranemann (Kraftwerk), Robert Black (John Cage), Ulrich Krieger (Lou Reed), Jamie Saft (Laurie Anderson), Susan Stenger (Nick Cave), Ches Smith (John Zorn), Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno), Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet), and others. The music will be mixed, arranged, and processed in real-time, during the performance, using MaxMSP software. I am also composing the libretto and will be singing the arias with the music. Oceanic, is the culmination of a project begun in New York, in 1999, when I met with theater director Robert Wilson to discuss writing a libretto for one of his opera works. The music was created over a six year period from 2009 to 2015, in collaboration with more than a hundred musicians from around the world. The libretto is being written now and parts of the text have been developed and work-shopped in recent live performances. Oceanic will have a five act structure and will be approximately 60 minutes in duration. More details will be announced here soon.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
To mark the occasion of W.S.B's birthday, a composition from my project: A Walk to the End of the World, a forthcoming album of music with texts and vocals by William Burroughs. My thanks to James Grauerholz and the Burroughs Estate. https://soundcloud.com/amlehn-burroughs/interzone
Friday, December 11, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I have just completed my second album: The Apocalypse of Adam. Musicians playing on the album are: myself, Reinier van Houdt (Current 93), Thomas Stern (Einsturzende Neubauten), Mally Harpaz (Anna Calvi), Bryin Dall (Thee Majesty), Ulrich Krieger (Lou Reed), Eleonor Sandresky (Philip Glass Ensemble), Larry Thrasher (Psychic TV), Eberhard Kranemann (Kraftwerk), Michael Johnson (Joy Division), Ju Suk Reet Meate (Smegma), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Daniele Pagliero (Lo Dev Alm), and, Michael Begg (Human Greed). The cover art for the album is by Kate Manheim. You can listen to The Apocalypse of Adam here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXDd9XG0glObr8UW2V7u9lXRXkMkIBNuR
Sunday, December 6, 2015
I am providing vocals for two compositions on Reinier van Houdt's (Robert Ashley, Current 93) new album: Paths of the Errant Gaze.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
I'll be exhibiting a number of my Traum und Trauma (Dream and Trauma) print works at LOT23, from November 13th to December 2nd. Several of the Traum und Trauma works were previously published in Static, the journal of the ICA, the Science Museum, and the TATE. One of the works was also exhibited last year at Luhring Augustine Gallery, in New York, along with works by Vito Acconci, Kiki Smith, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruscha.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
A new image from the Silver Lake Shoot for my feature film L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere . With David Yow.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
A new extract from my feature film L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere. Please select the 1080p HD setting for optimal viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcfLMDmrZN0
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
In 2009, I began work on an album: The Marriage of the Animal and the Divine, with the first composition created by myself, Mick Harvey, and Rosie Westbrook. Since then, the piece has been through many iterations, with further contributions from Hopek Quirin, Ghazi Barakat, Michael Johnson, and Ryan Potter. You can hear the work, titled: Station of the Cross, here: http://soundcloud.com/paulamlehn/station-of-the-cross I am now in the final stages of mixing the other compositions for The Marriage of the Animal and the Divine which will be completed soon.
Monday, July 6, 2015
A new composition: Towers Open Fire, from the Paul Amlehn and William S. Burroughs album: A Walk to the End of the World. https://soundcloud.com/amlehn-burroughs/towers-open-fire
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Extracts From L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere Screened at the Free International Forum in Italy
Five extracts from my feature film L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere, will be screened at the Fifth Free International Forum, in Bolognano, Italy. The Forum was founded and is curated by the Baroness Lucrezia De Domizio Durini, who worked with Lucio Fontana and also collaborated with Joseph Beuys. The Director of the Forum is Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, a musician, architect, and intermedia artist, curator of the Sao Paolo Biennial and long time collaborator of John Cage. The Forum manifesto states: "Despite the cultural, intellectual and moral crisis that holds the entire planet in its grasp, there are still men who see free creativity as the only way to live in peace with themselves and to act in accordance with the fundamental principles of Humankind and Mother Nature. Thanks to this very outlook, a "network of steel" has developed over the years, constantly welcoming new disciplines and explorations, figures of different nationalities and generations, all united by a free, undiminished creativity that translates into deep, unfettered knowledge, giving rise to transactions governed by a supportive, unconstrained collaboration. Such men, with their unstinting, unceasing work, their wise and independent efforts, move beyond the standard systems of consumer society, striving through their conduct - the one effective means of Communicating the Truth - to improve society." My film will be screened along with films on John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Merce Cunningham, in the Durini Chapel, near the Paradise Plantation of Joseph Beuys.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A new image from the Cote d'Opale Shoot for my feature film L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere. With Julie Delarme, Anne Leman, and Julie Delarme. Cinematography by Nathalie Blanc.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I am in the process of finishing a music project which I have been working on for the past five years. The project includes the following musicians: Paul Amlehn, Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno), David Van Tieghem (Laurie Anderson), Oren Ambarchi (Sun O)))), Andrew Sterman (Philip Glass Ensemble), Jamie Saft (John Zorn), Hopek Quirin (Jochen Arbeit), Terry Edwards (Tindersticks), Jem Finer (The Pogues), Michael Blair (Lou Reed), Ulf Ivarsson (Michael Blair), Daniele Pagliero (Lo Dev Alm), Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Robin Storey (Zoviet France), AD Chivers (Peter Gabriel), Michael Giles (King Crimson), Paul Beauchamp (Nurse With Wound), Eberhard Kranemann (Kraftwerk), Wyatt Howland (Skin Graft), Mick Rossi (Philip Glass Ensemble), Matthew Waldron (irr. app. (ext.)), Chandra Shukla (Psychic TV), RK Faulhaber (Steven Stapleton), Gerd Bessler (William S. Burroughs), Julia Kent (Antony and the Johnsons), Ches Smith (Mr. Bungle), Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Rosie Westbrook (Mick Harvey), Ghazi Barakat (Pharoah Chromium), Ash Wednesday (Einsturzende Neubauten), Jarboe (Swans), Mark Spybey (Dead Voices on Air), Bela Emerson (The Damned), Adi Newton (Clock DVA), BJ Nilsen (Hazard), Ryan Potter (The Scrapes), William Winant (John Cage), Thomas Stern (Einsturzende Neubauten), Mally Harpaz (Anna Calvi), Ron Anderson (The Molecules), Adam Cadell (The Scrapes), Stephen Vitiello (John Cage), Bryin Dall (Thee Majesty), Ulrich Krieger (Lou Reed), Eleonor Sandresky (Philip Glass Ensemble), Larry Thrasher (Psychic TV), Ju Suk Reet Meate (Smegma), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Michael Begg (Human Greed), Michael Riesman (Philip Glass Ensemble), Audrey Chen (Phil Minton). The albums also include vocals by myself, Philippe Nahon (Gaspar Noe), Fulya Peker (Richard Foreman), Elisa Faires (Legacy Butoh), Gerd Bessler (Tom Waits), and, Phil Minton (Matthew Barney), texts by Philippe Nahon, and, William S. Burroughs, and a graphic score by Gerhard Richter. You can hear a number of compositions from project, here: http://soundcloud.com/paulamlehn Pictured above is one of my visual art works from the Traum und Trauma Photo-Painting series.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
This year, I was invited to take part in the 56th Venice Biennale. After a period of reflection and deliberation, I made the decision to decline the offer. In 2005 and 2013, I exhibited work at the 51st and 55th Venice Biennales. Since then, the situation in the art world has continued to worsen, to the point I feel I can no longer take part in the Venice Biennale. Much of the work that is promoted by dealers and museums and festivals at this point in history is characterized by banality and surface. It is work that limits and closes down consciousness in the individual, rather than opening up and amplifying it. There is another kind of art, however, that is capable of acting as a catalyst for transformation. This is an art that can aid us in the realization and actualization of our potential both as individuals and as a species. This is the art I have dedicated my life to making. Instead of exhibiting at the Biennale, I will be putting a selection of my work in literature, music, photography, installation, and film, onto two hard drives. I will then choose two people, a man and a woman, using the international phone directory and a random number generator. The hard drives will be sent to these two people and will constitute a private exhibition for them. This gesture of refusal, becomes a fertilizing event, which gives birth to a new exhibition. One that is, related to, but, separate from, the 56th Venice Biennale. The Biennale can be considered the parent organism in terms of the exhibition, which then splits from its host, metamorphoses, and is reduced to a binary locus of two individuals, individuals selected at random from outside of the nexus of the art-world. This action returns the art-making and exhibiting process to its vocational origins, where I serve the source of inspiration and impart the work to an audience as a gift, rather than a commodity exchanged for money or fame. There are many problems that need to be resolved in the contemporary art infrastructure, which are also mirrored in society as a whole, where the few manipulate, dominate, and subjugate, the many. This needs to change, and I believe it will. In the meantime, I will continue to strive to create work that is as great as I can possibly make it. And do my part in working towards a new society, a new world, where the spirit of creativity, justice, and humanity reign.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Extracts From L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere Placed in the Walden Zero Project Collection
Five extracts from my feature film L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere, have been placed in the Walden Zero Project collection, alongside works by Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Bill Viola.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
From 2008-2012, I worked on a project with guitarist Robert Fripp (King Crimson), and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (Kronos Quartet). The project was to consist of a number of soundscapes with spoken word by myself. I wrote several texts which Joan responded to musically along with Robert's soundscapes. In the end, I decided the works functioned better as instrumentals without my voice. You can hear the results here: https://soundcloud.com/amlehn-fripp-jeanrenaud
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A new extract from my feature film L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere. Please select the 1080p HD setting for optimal viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0yjj5PgfNA
Saturday, January 24, 2015
A new image from the Ormes Shoot for my feature film. With Patricia Morejon. Cinematography by Nick Millet.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
A new image from the Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse Shoot for my feature film. With Eva Hernandez. Cinematography by Hanna Sparkle.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ten extracts from my feature film L'Enigme du Desir: Ma Mere, Ma Mere, Ma Mere. Please select the 1080p HD setting for optimum viewing. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXDd9XG0glOZOt9CYXqs3XV1jcDR7VEvO
Thursday, December 4, 2014
A new image from the Puys Shoot for my feature film. With Kate Moran (Peter Greenaway). Cinematography by Damien Blottiere. Couture by Aganovich. Video treatments by Paul Amlehn.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
A new image from the Oslo Shoot for my feature film. Cinematography by Janne Hoem (The Living Theater).
Saturday, November 8, 2014
A new image from the Bilbao Shoot for my feature film. With Irene Bau, Cesar Sarachu (the Quay Brothers), and Asier Sarachu. Director of Photography Cristobal Baigorri, Assistant Director Imanol Ortiz, Editor Irene Bau, Lighting Technician Quique Gago.
Friday, September 12, 2014
A new image from the Normandy Shoot for my feature film. With Daphne Baiwir (Catherine Breillat). Cinematography by Sebastien Cruz.
Monday, August 25, 2014
A new image from the London Shoot for my feature film. With Katell Daunis (Lucile Hadzihalilovic). Cinematography by Salome Duringer.
A new image from the Madrid/Venice/Paris Shoot for my feature film. With Maud Wyler (Abdellatif Kechiche). Cinematography by Pablo Garcia Canga.