Oneohtrix Point Never

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Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never performing in Tinley Park on July 24, 2014.
Background information
Birth name Daniel Lopatin
Also known as Dania Shapes, KGB Man, Chuck Person
Born (1982-07-25) 25 July 1982 (age 33)
Wayland, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Electronic, experimental, drone, ambient, vaporwave
Occupations Musician, composer, record producer
Instruments Synthesizer, sampler, computer
Years active 2007–present
Labels No Fun, Editions Mego, Software, Warp
Associated acts Tim Hecker, Ford & Lopatin, Rene Hell, Infinity Window, Skyramps

Daniel Lopatin is an American experimental musician, composer, and producer who records as Oneohtrix Point Never. He is the head of Brooklyn-based electronic label Software.[1]

Lopatin first received recognition in 2009 following the release of Rifts, a compilation of material recorded over the previous six years. His subsequent work, including albums such as Returnal (2010) and Replica (2011), has been widely acclaimed. In 2013, he signed with British electronic label Warp and released his label debut, R Plus Seven, to critical praise. His second Warp full-length, Garden of Delete, was released in 2015.


Born in 1982 in Wayland, Massachusetts, Lopatin is the son of Russian Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union, both with musical backgrounds.[2] 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 synthesizer, an instrument that has since been used extensively by Lopatin in the studio and on-stage.[4] Lopatin grew up in Winthrop, Massachusetts and attended Hampshire College, where he studied with Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner, before becoming involved in Brooklyn's underground noise scene.[5]


Lopatin in 2013.

Lopatin has been active under the pseudonym Oneohtrix Point Never (a verbal play on "106.7," the radio frequency of Boston adult contemporary station WMJX)[6] since the 2007 release of Betrayed in the Octagon, prior to that releasing music as Dania Shapes and as part of Boston-based drone duo Infinity Window.[7][8] Early OPN recordings drew heavily on new age, kosmische, and contemporary noise music.[1] 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 album Rifts which brought him into international acclaim.[9] Also in 2009, Lopatin released the audio-visual project Memory Vague. In 2010, he followed with the pseudonymous album Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1, often credited for pioneering the genre known as vaporwave,[10][11] and formed the synthpop duo Ford & Lopatin with friend and collaborator Joel Ford.

In June 2010, Lopatin followed Rifts with his major label debut Returnal, released by Editions Mego[12] to positive reception.[13] His next album, the sample-based Replica, was released in 2011 on Lopatin's newly formed label, Software, to further critical praise.[14] In the same year, Ford & Lopatin released Channel Pressure, and OPN was chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival.[15] In 2012, Lopatin collaborated with Tim Hecker on the album Instrumental Tourist.[16] In 2013, Lopatin signed with Warp Records. His label debut, R Plus Seven, was released September 30, 2013 to positive reception.[17] Lopatin collaborated with various visual and non-musical artists on visual accompaniments, live performances, and internet projects for the album, including frequent collaborator Nate Boyce, Jon Rafman, Takeshi Murata, Jacob Ciocci, and John Michael Boling. In 2014, Lopatin supported Nine Inch Nails on their tour with Soundgarden as a replacement for Death Grips.[18] In August 2015, he announced a new album entitled Garden of Delete via a cryptic series of internet posts.[19] The album was released on November 13, 2015.

Commissioned works[edit]

Lopatin has received commissions for numerous performance, festival, and film pieces. He has composed the film score for Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film The Bling Ring (together with Brian Reitzell) and the 2015 film Partisan, directed by Ariel Kleiman.[20]

In 2013, Oneohtrix Point Never also participated in the Warp x Tate event and was commissioned to create a piece inspired by Jeremy Deller’s The History of The World.[21] 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, and featured Antony Hegarty on a rendition of the Oneohtrix Point Never song Returnal as well as audio-visual works from 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.[22]

In 2014, Oneohtrix Point Never released Commissions I for Record Store Day; 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".[23][24] He also contributed "Need" to the Bleep:10 compilation in celebration of the online retailer’s 10th anniversary.[25] This was followed by Commissions II in 2015.[26]

30 second clip of Oneohtrix Point Never's "Zebra" from Lopatin's 2013 Warp debut, R Plus Seven

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  • Transmat Memories (2008, Taped Sounds)
  • A Pact Between Strangers (2008, Gneiss Things)
  • Hollyr (2008, Sound Holes)
  • Ruined Lives (2008, Young Tapes)
  • KGB Nights/Blue Drive (2009, Catholic Tapes) [As KGB Man/Oneohtrix Point Never]
  • Young Beidnahga (2009, Ruralfaune)
  • Scenes With Curved Objects (2009, Utmarken)
  • Dog in the Fog (2012, Software)
  • Commissions I (2014, Warp)
  • Commissions II (2015, Warp)


  • Rifts 2-CD (2009, No Fun); 3-CD (2012, Software)
  • Drawn and Quartered (2013, Software)
  • The Fall Into Time (2013, Software)


Scoring work[edit]

Production and mixing work[edit]

  • Nine Inch Nails - 'Find My Way', 2013 (Remix)
  • Autre Ne Veut - ‘Anxiety’, 2013 (Additional Production, Keyboards - as Daniel Lopatin)[28]
  • Ducktails - ‘The Flower Lane’, 2013 (Synthesizer - as Daniel Lopatin)[29]
  • Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug, C. Spencer Yeh - ‘Wake Up Awesome’, 2013 (Executive Producer - as Daniel Lopatin)[30]
  • ‘Free Reign’, 2012 (Mixing - as Daniel Lopatin)[31]
  • Antony and The Johnsons - ‘Swanlights EP’(Producer on Swanlights Opn Edit)[32]
  • R&S, IOTDXI - Pariah - 'Orpheus' 2011 (Remix as Oneohtrix Point Never)
  • Harold Grosskopf - ‘Re-Synthesist’, 2011 (feature on ‘Trauma 2010)[33]
  • Real Estate - ‘Out of Tune’, 2010 (credited with playing synthesizer)[34]


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  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon (July 6, 2010). "Brooklyn's Noise Scene Catches Up To Oneohtrix Point Never". Village Voice. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Oneohtrix Point Never". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Powell, Mike. "Machine Love: Oneohtrix Point Never". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Village Voice
  6. ^ "Oneohtrix Point Never’s Post-Modern Make-Out Music". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Soundsystem Pastoral by Dania Shapes (Oneohtrix Point Never) - MP3 Release - Boomkat - Your independent music specialist". Boomkat. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  8. ^ Phares, Heather. "Artist Biography by Heather Phares". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Betrayed in the Octagon". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Ward, Christian (January 29, 2014). "Vaporwave: Soundtrack to Austerity". Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Parker, James. "Datavis + Forgotten Light Prism Projector". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ Sherburne, Phillip. "Oneohtrix Point Never: Returnal". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2010". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Siegel, Jeff. "Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "ATP Curated by Animal Collective". ATP. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) Share Collaborative Track, Album Details". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2013". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Brown, Harley. "Nine Inch Nails Opener Oneohtrix Point Never Talks Cyberdrones, Slimescapes, and Whammy Bars". Billboard. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  19. ^ FACT Team. "Oneohtrix Point Never announces new album". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  20. ^ Stanley, Sean (2015-01-22). "Listen to Oneohtrix Point Never’s film score on ‘Partisan'’s trailer | DIY". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  21. ^ Keens, Oliver. "Warp x Tate: playing to the gallery". Time Out. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "R Plus 6 / Affect Index by Daniel Lopatin & Nate Boyce". PS1. 
  23. ^ Ilves, Ott. "Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions I [EP]". The 405. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Oneohtrix Point Never releasing a RSD 12", rescheduled NYC date (which Matmos & Dutch E Germ are opening)". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Oneohtrix Point Never preps comp, is recording next album". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  27. ^ "Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 on Discogs". Music seller. Discogs. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Ducktails - The Flower Lane". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "Wake Up Awesome". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "Clinic - Free Reign". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  32. ^ "Antony And The Johnsons - Swanlights EP". Discogs. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  33. ^ "Harald Grosskopf - Re-Synthesist". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  34. ^ "Real Estate - Out of Tune". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 

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