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New CD Quiver with Yui Onodera for Miktron Recordings

“I’ve been a fan of Yui Onodera’s music for some time, but this album surprised me. Rather than his usual stately drones and glacial fluttering, Onodera’s collaboration with New York sound artist Stephen Vitiello is… a pop album? Yes, I think so. The music is tuneful and upbeat, with even the more low-key songs having a melodic element at the forefront. Some of Vitiello’s previous work has moved in this direction, but “Quiver” puts accessibility in the forefront. I enjoyed it very much! Some tracks, such as “Quiver 4” (none of the songs have real titles), feature a skeletal guitar lightly applying Vini Reilly-esque melodic lines over a bedrock of electronic skitter and sometimes a steady (though understated) anchoring pulse. “Quiver 6” is rather lovely, with something sounding like moving water burbling next to a synthetic chorus and dreamlike shoegaze guitar wash that would appeal to fans of Chris Herbert, Cheihei Hatakeyama or even recent 12k releases. After listening through a couple of times, it occurred to me that this collaboration seems as natural and complete as an album by a full-time “band” might be… so I hope these guys pursue the duo further! I wouldn’t mind more of this to spin as the soundtrack to my pleasantly groggy weekend mornings. (HS)”

Vital Weekly

January 2018- (ongoing, 1-year), “You Are the Magic,” a site-specific installation at City Place in West Palm Beach, opening Friday, Saturday, Sunday. info here. Includes collaborations with author, Paul Park and sound/video artist, Andrew Deutsch

April 21 – September 9, 2018, newly commissioned 18-channel installation included in “Declaration” at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art, in Richmond, VA

“…a broad set of steps leads up to the second-floor galleries, presenting Stephen Vitiello’s eighteen-channel sound piece whether there was a bell or whether I knocked (2018)—another work commissioned for Declaration. It includes voices reading aloud from The Garden of Forking Paths in different languages spoken by characters in the story. The effect is quite musical, with distinct lines floating, like melodies taking shape in the harmonic progressions of a symphony, on a billowing chorus of voices and sounds that escape distinct interpretation. Remarkably, the algorithm to the sound sequencing is designed so that the number of permutations will never be exhausted. The piece could run on ad infinitum and never repeat the same progression—a brilliant conceptual mirroring of the premise of the Borges story, in which a garden-cum-novel branches indefinitely through time.” The Brooklyn Rail

Recent single on Champion Version. 7″ record is sold out but digital version is available

Collaboration with Taylor Deupree also on Champion Version

Test Drift, by Emil Schult, Stephen Vitiello and Andrew Deutsch

I’ve created the soundtrack for Tip of My Tongue, a film by Lynne Sachs, premiering at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, February 25 and 26, 2017

Video from my participation (September 2016) in 9 Evenings +50 at Fridman Gallery, NYC – A concert series celebrating the 50th anniversary of 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering:

See here for a complete set of videos and interviews with some great artists and composers

CD – STEVE RODEN + STEPHEN VITIELLO – THE SPACES CONTAINED IN EACH on Room 40

Fable, CD with Lawrence English on Dragon’s Eye Recordings

Captiva (2 x 10″ LP) with Taylor Deupree. — available on 12k. “Their music together is infectious, beckoning you to come closer…This is what minimalist ambient music should sound like, a spacious, non-invasive treasure where every listen has something to say,” Fluid Radio. “The results are effortlessly fluid and beautifully mixed, suspending all the elements just out of reach,” Boomkat.

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Videos of a performance with Ryuichi Sakamoto and another with Steve Roden

A concert with Ryuichi Sakamoto at the Smithsonian for the Nam June Paik exhibition, April 2013:

A concert with Steve Roden in Bordeaux:

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Installation at MASS MoCA (seasonal, open in spring, summer and beginning of fall)

All Those Vanished Engines at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The piece includes a collaboration with fantasy/science fiction writer Paul Park. There’s an interview with curator, Denise Markonish here. I’m very excited that a novel version will be published July 1, 2014.

Also, this piece was presented in 2014 and then returned in Spring and Summer 2015:
a site-specific collaboration with Bob Bielecki for the group exhibition In The Garden Of Sonic Delights at Caramoor in Katonah, NY

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Australian TV documentary available to stream

Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent, a 27-minute documentary aired nationally in Australia. You can view it here from ABC1
Also, check out loads more documentation on the Kaldor Public Art site

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