Oneohtrix Point Never
|Oneohtrix Point Never|
Oneohtrix Point Never performing in 2010
|Birth name||Daniel Lopatin|
|Also known as||Chuck Person |
|Origin||Wayland, Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Electronic, drone, ambient, experimental, plunderphonics, vaporwave|
|Labels||No Fun, Editions Mego, Software Recording Co., Warp|
Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording name of Brooklyn-based experimental musician Daniel Lopatin. His music has been described as “gentle eddies of sound”, and “like a cracked mirror refracting the sounds of the past.” A first-generation American, Lopatin is the son of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, both with musical backgrounds. Some of his first experiments with electronic music were inspired by his father’s record collection, such as the music of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Stevie Wonder, and Roland Juno 60, an instrument that has since been used extensively by Lopatin in the studio and on-stage.
Lopatin is often credited as a major pioneer in, or more frequently the creator of, the vaporwave genre, due to his pseudonymous 2010 album, Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1. He also runs the record label Software Recording Co., a subsidiary of Kemado Records and Mexican Summer.
Early years (noise tapes, etc)
Lopatin has been active under the pseudonym Oneohtrix Point Never since 2007 with the release of ‘Betrayed in the Octagon’, prior to that releasing music as Dania Shapes, Infinity Window or as part of Astronaut. The project draws from the synth sounds and electronics of Tangerine Dream, Mahavishnu Orchestra or video games such as Metroid, and started with a series of cassette and CDR releases interspersed with a number of full length albums. In 2009, these were compiled on the 5-LP box set ‘Rifts’ that brought him into international acclaim.
Lopatin followed ‘Rifts’ with ‘Returnal’, released by Editions Mego in June 2010, which placed at number 20 on Pitchfork's ‘The Top 50 Albums of 2010’ list, and ‘Replica’ via Mexican Summer / Software Recording Co. in 2011. In the same year, Lopatin was chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that it curated in May 2011.
Oneohtrix Point Never has received commissions for numerous artwork, performance and film pieces. One of the most notable is his score for Sofia Coppola’s movie ‘The Bling Ring’ together with Brian Reitzell. Additionally, two of his songs appear on the movie's soundtrack: ‘Ouroboros’ (credited as Oneohtrix Point Never, previously released on ‘Returnal’), and ‘Bling Ring Suite’ (credited as Brian Reitzell and Daniel Lopatin).
In 2014, an EP titled ‘Commissions I’ was released for Record Store Day through Warp Records. The collection contained an interpretation of Lutoslawski’s ‘Preludes’ under the title ‘Music For Steamed Rocks’ for Polish Icons at Sacrum Profanum, 'Meet Your Creator' originally from the Saatchi & Saatchi viral Quadrotor performance video for their New Director's Showcase in 2012, and a version of 'I Only Have Eyes For You'.
Other works have included collaborations with Tim Hecker on the 2012 album ‘Instrumental Tourist’, Joel Ford, with whom he runs the Software label and audio visual works alongside Nate Boyce featured at MoMA PS1, one of a number of appearances at the Long Island City art institution.
Production and Mixing
Beyond his commissioned or collaborative work, Oneohtrix Point Never is also credited with production or performance on releases by artists including Autre Ne Veut, Antony and The Johnsons and Ducktails.
An incomplete list of credits is included below,
- Autre Ne Veut - ‘Anxiety’, 2013 (Additional Production, Keyboards - as Daniel Lopatin)
- Ducktails - ‘The Flower Lane’, 2013 (Synthesizer - as Daniel Lopatin)
- Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug, C. Spencer Yeh - ‘Wake Up Awesome’, 2013 (Executive Producer - as Daniel Lopatin)
- ‘Free Reign’, 2012 (Mixing - as Daniel Lopatin)
- Anthony and The Johnsons - ‘Swanlights EP’(Producer on Swanlights Opn Edit)
- Harold Grosskopf - ‘Re-Synthesist’, 2011 (feature on ‘Trauma 2010)
- Real Estate - ‘Out of Tune’, 2010 (credited with playing synthesizer)
- CFCF - ‘Night Bus II’, 2011 (feature on ‘Demons/Behind The Bank’ alongside A$AP Rocky)
Between announcement and the eventual release of the record, Oneohtrix collaborated with a number of artists on visual accompaniments to tracks and updates on his Web site pointnever.com. The first being an excerpt of "Still Life," released with a video by Nate Boyce, a frequent collaborator on the Oneohtrix Point Never live show. A video for "Problem Areas," by the animator and digital artist Takeshi Murata, followed at the beginning of August alongside an interactive version at pointnever.com.
The second update to the site came from Jacob Ciocci alongside the song "Zebra" at the beginning of September with a final video prior to the release directed by Jon Rafman. This was the second to feature the track "Still Life" and was titled "Still Life (Betamale)," which was initially removed from YouTube for violating its terms of service, then also Vimeo, the video was eventually hosted by Warp and is available at warp.net. Pitchfork described the video in an article dated September 25, 2013 as follows:
|“||The piece collects bizarre and disturbing low-grade internet footage—images of decrepit computer systems, strange anime art and characters posing for webcams, a few Furries, and more, bookended by clips of a man who looks like he's about to blast his own brains out.||”|
Upon release, R Plus Seven was highly praised, described as “singularly compelling” by musicOMH, with a final video for the track "Boring Angel," which was directed by John Michael Boling appearing in December.
Before the end of 2013, Oneohtrix Point Never also participated in the Warp x Tate event and was commissioned to create a piece around "Melancholy," one of the words that make up Jeremy Deller’s The History of The World, which formed a basis for the event.
In 2014, Oneohtrix Point Never released Commissions I for Record Store Day, contributed "Need" to the Bleep:10 compilation in celebration of the online retailer’s 10th anniversary, and supported Nine Inch Nails on their tour with Soundgarden as a replacement for Death Grips.
- Betrayed In The Octagon (2007, Deception Island)
- Transmat Memories (2008, Taped Sounds)
- Zones Without People (2009, Arbor)
- Russian Mind (2009, No Fun Productions)
- Returnal (2010, Editions Mego)
- Replica (2011, Mexican Summer/Software Recording Co.)
- R Plus Seven (2013, Warp Records)
- A Pact Between Strangers (2008)
- Hollyr (2008)
- Ruined Lives (2008)
- Young Beidnahga (2009)
- Scenes With Curved Objects (2009)
- Dog in the Fog (2012)
- Commissions I (2014)
- Rifts (2009/2012)
- The Bling Ring (2013)
- Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 (2010) (As Chuck Person) limited edition, mixed cassette 
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