Oneohtrix Point Never
|Oneohtrix Point Never|
|Birth name||Daniel Lopatin|
|Also known as||Chuck Person|
|Origin||Wayland, Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Electronic, experimental, ambient, vaporwave|
|Occupations||Musician, composer, record producer|
|Labels||No Fun, Editions Mego, Software Recording Co., Warp|
Born in 1982, 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 and his Roland Juno-60, an instrument that has since been used extensively by Lopatin in the studio and on-stage. Lopatin attended Hampshire College, where he studied with Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner.
The pseudonym Oneohtrix Point Never is a verbal play on "106.7," the frequency of Boston radio station WMJX. Lopatin has been active under the pseudonym since the 2007 release of Betrayed in the Octagon, prior to that releasing music as Dania Shapes and Boston-based drone duo Infinity Window (with Taylor Richardson of Sunburned Hand of The Man). Early incarnations of OPN drew heavily on kosmische, ambient, and new age music, as well the structure and abrasiveness of contemporary 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. In 2010, Lopatin formed the electronic duo Ford & Lopatin with friend and collaborator Joel Ford.
Lopatin followed Rifts with Returnal, released by Editions Mego in June 2010 to positive reception. Also released by Lopatin in 2010 was the pseudonymous album Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1, often credited for pioneering the genre known as vaporwave. Replica was released in 2011 on Lopatin's newly formed label, Software, to further critical praise. In the same year, Lopatin was chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Lopatin collaborated with Tim Hecker on the 2012 album Instrumental Tourist. In 2013, Lopatin signed with Warp Records. His label debut, R Plus Seven, was released September 30, 2013 to positive reception. In 2014, he supported Nine Inch Nails on their tour with Soundgarden as a replacement for Death Grips.
In August 2015, Lopatin announced a new album entitled Garden of Delete via a cryptic series of internet posts, with a release date of November 13, 2015.
Commissioned work and collaborations
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).
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. 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.
Between announcement and the eventual release of R Plus Seven, 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. 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.||”|
A final video for the 0PN track "Boring Angel," which was directed by John Michael Boling appearing in December 2013.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; 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". He also contributed "Need" to the Bleep:10 compilation in celebration of the online retailer’s 10th anniversary. This was followed by Commissions II in 2015.
- 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, Software)
- R Plus Seven (2013, Warp Records)
- Garden of Delete (2015, 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)
- Commissions II (2015)
- Rifts 2xCD (2009); 3xCD (2012)
- Drawn and Quartered (2013)
- The Fall Into Time (2013)
Production and mixing work
- Nine Inch Nails - 'Find My Way', 2013 (Remix)
- 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)
- Antony and The Johnsons - ‘Swanlights EP’(Producer on Swanlights Opn Edit)
- R&S, IOTDXI - Pariah - 'Orpheus' 2011 (Remix as Oneohtrix Point Never)
- Harold Grosskopf - ‘Re-Synthesist’, 2011 (feature on ‘Trauma 2010)
- Real Estate - ‘Out of Tune’, 2010 (credited with playing synthesizer)
- Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 (2010) (As Chuck Person) limited release, mixed cassette 
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