Oneohtrix Point Never

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Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never, 8th March 2010.jpg
Oneohtrix Point Never performing in 2010
Background information
Birth name Daniel Lopatin
Also known as Chuck Person[1]
Origin Wayland, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Experimental, ambient, electronic, plunderphonics, noise, vaporwave, drone
Occupations Musician, composer, record producer
Instruments Synthesizer, sampler
Years active 2007–present
Labels No Fun, Editions Mego, Software Recording Co., Warp
30 second clip from Oneohtrix Point Never's 'Zebra'

Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording name of American experimental musician, composer, and producer Daniel Lopatin. He has been active under the alias since 2007. Lopatin is also a member of the electronic duo Ford & Lopatin. He runs Software Recording Co., a record label subsidiary of Kemado Records.[2]

Early years[edit]

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 collection of dubbed jazz-fusion tapes[3] and his Roland Juno-60, an instrument that has since been used extensively by Lopatin in the studio and on-stage.[4]

The pseudonym Oneohtrix Point Never is derived from a play on Boston radio station WMJX, which is frequency 106.7.[5] Lopatin has been active under the pseudonym since 2007 with the release of ‘Betrayed in the Octagon’, prior to that releasing music as Dania Shapes,[6] and Boston-based drone duo Infinity Window (with Taylor Richardson of Sunburned Hand of The Man).[7] Early incarnations of OPN drew heavily on kosmische musik, combined with the structure and abrasiveness of noise music. A series of cassette and CDR releases interspersed with a number of full-length albums surfaced around 2007, and by 2009, these were compiled on the 5-LP box set Rifts which brought him into international acclaim.[8]

Lopatin followed Rifts with Returnal, released by Editions Mego in June 2010,[9] which placed at number 20 on Pitchfork's ‘The Top 50 Albums of 2010’ list.[10] Also released by Lopatin in 2010 was the pseudonymous album Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1, often credited for pioneering in the genre known as vaporwave .[11][12] These releases were followed by Replica via Mexican Summer / Software Recording Co. in 2011.[13] 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.[14]

Commissioned work[edit]

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).[15]

In early 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'.[16]

During the summer of 2014, HBO premiered a documentary about video game addiction called 'Love Child' which heavily featured Oneohtrix Point Never music from both 'Rifts' and 'R Plus Seven.'

On October 4, 2014, Lopatin presented a world premiere live soundtrack for Koji Morimoto’s 1995 anime film Magnetic Rose. The event took place at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Manchester, England.

Other works have included collaborations with Tim Hecker on the 2012 album ‘Instrumental Tourist’,[17] Antony Hegarty on a rendition of the Oneohtrix Point Never song 'Returnal', and audio-visual works alongside Nate Boyce which have been hosted by The Barbican in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.[18]

Production and mixing[edit]

Beyond his commissioned or collaborative work, Oneohtrix Point Never is also credited with production or performance on releases by artists including Nine Inch Nails and Antony and The Johnsons.

An incomplete list of credits is included below,

  • Nine Inch Nails - 'Find My Way', 2013 (Remix)
  • Autre Ne Veut - ‘Anxiety’, 2013 (Additional Production, Keyboards - as Daniel Lopatin)[19]
  • Ducktails - ‘The Flower Lane’, 2013 (Synthesizer - as Daniel Lopatin)[20]
  • Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug, C. Spencer Yeh - ‘Wake Up Awesome’, 2013 (Executive Producer - as Daniel Lopatin)[21]
  • ‘Free Reign’, 2012 (Mixing - as Daniel Lopatin)[22]
  • Antony and The Johnsons - ‘Swanlights EP’(Producer on Swanlights Opn Edit)[23]
  • Harold Grosskopf - ‘Re-Synthesist’, 2011 (feature on ‘Trauma 2010)[24]
  • Real Estate - ‘Out of Tune’, 2010 (credited with playing synthesizer)[25]

Warp Era[edit]

In 2013, Lopatin signed with Warp Records. His label debut, R Plus Seven, was released September 30, 2013, and was placed at number 24 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2013.[26]

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 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.[27] A video for "Problem Areas," by the animator and digital artist Takeshi Murata,[28] followed at the beginning of August alongside an interactive version at[29]

The second update to the site came from Jacob Ciocci alongside the song "Zebra" at the beginning of September[30] 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,[31] the video was eventually hosted by Warp and is available at Pitchfork described the video in an article dated September 25, 2013 as follows:

Upon release, R Plus Seven was highly praised, described as “singularly compelling” by musicOMH,[32] with a final video for the track "Boring Angel," which was directed by John Michael Boling appearing in December.[33]

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.[34]

In 2014, Oneohtrix Point Never released Commissions I for Record Store Day,[35] contributed "Need" to the Bleep:10 compilation in celebration of the online retailer’s 10th anniversary,[36] and supported Nine Inch Nails on their tour with Soundgarden as a replacement for Death Grips.[37]




  • 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)
  • Commissions II (2015)


  • Rifts (2009/2012)

Scoring work[edit]


  • Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 (2010) (As Chuck Person) limited release, mixed cassette [38]


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  33. ^ McGovern, Kyle. "Oneohtrix Point Never Explores Emoji Love and Death in 'Boring Angel' Video". SPIN. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
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  37. ^ Brown, Harley. "Nine Inch Nails Opener Oneohtrix Point Never Talks Cyberdrones, Slimescapes, and Whammy Bars". Billboard. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
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