Oneohtrix Point Never

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Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never in 2013
Background information
Birth name Daniel Lopatin
Also known as Dania Shapes, KGB Man, Chuck Person
Born (1982-07-25) July 25, 1982 (age 33)
Wayland, Massachusetts, U.S.
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, Infinity Window, Skyramps, Anohni, Rene Hell, Nate Boyce

Daniel Lopatin (born 25 July 1982) is an American experimental musician, composer, and producer who records primarily under the alias Oneohtrix Point Never.[1] He is also the head of the Brooklyn-based record label Software, founded in 2011. He first received recognition for the 2009 compilation Rifts, a collection of electronic material recorded over the previous six years. His subsequent work, including his major-label debut Returnal (2010) and the sample-based Replica (2011), garnered further acclaim. 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 Wayland, Massachusetts, Lopatin is the son of Russian 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 moving to New York, where he attended graduate school at Pratt Institute (studying archival science) and became involved in Brooklyn's underground noise music scene.[5][6]

Initially releasing music as Dania Shapes and as part of Boston-based drone duo Infinity Window,[7][8] Lopatin's first release under the pseudonym Oneohtrix Point Never (a verbal play on "106.7," the frequency of Boston radio station Magic WMJX)[9] was 2007's Betrayed in the Octagon. Early OPN recordings drew on new-age music, 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 were eventually collected on the 2009 compilation Rifts, which brought him into international acclaim.[10] Also in 2009, Lopatin released the audio-visual project Memory Vague. In June 2010, Lopatin followed Rifts with his major label debut Returnal, released by Editions Mego[11] to positive reception.[12] Also in 2010, he released the pseudonymous album Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1, often credited for pioneering the genre known as vaporwave,[13][14] and formed the synthpop duo Ford & Lopatin with friend and collaborator Joel Ford.

Lopatin's next album, the sample-based Replica, was released in 2011 on his newly formed label, Software, to further critical praise.[15] 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.[16] In 2012, Lopatin collaborated with Tim Hecker on the album Instrumental Tourist.[17] In 2013, Lopatin signed with Warp Records. His label debut, R Plus Seven, was released September 30, 2013 to positive reception.[18] 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.[19] In November 2015, Lopatin released his second Warp LP, Garden of Delete.[20][21]

OPN performing in Milan in 2011

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.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24]

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".[25][26] He also contributed "Need" to the Bleep:10 compilation in celebration of the online retailer’s 10th anniversary.[27] This was followed by Commissions II in 2015.[28]

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.

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

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Extended plays[edit]

  • 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 (credited to KGB Man/Oneohtrix Point Never) (2009, Catholic Tapes)
  • 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)



  • Memory Vague (2009, Root Strata)

Scoring work[edit]

Musical contributions[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)[32]
  • Ducktails - ‘The Flower Lane’, 2013 (Synthesizer – as Daniel Lopatin)[30]
  • Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug, C. Spencer Yeh - ‘Wake Up Awesome’, 2013 (Executive Producer – as Daniel Lopatin)[33]
  • ‘Free Reign’, 2012 (Mixing – as Daniel Lopatin)[34]
  • Antony and The Johnsons - ‘Swanlights EP’ (Producer on Swanlights Opn Edit)[35]
  • R&S, IOTDXI – Pariah – 'Orpheus' 2011 (Remix as Oneohtrix Point Never)
  • Harold Grosskopf - ‘Re-Synthesist’, 2011 (feature on ‘Trauma 2010)[36]
  • ANOHNI - "4 Degrees," 2015 (Co-production as Oneohtrix Point Never, with Hudson Mohawke)[37]


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  12. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2010". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ward, Christian (January 29, 2014). "Vaporwave: Soundtrack to Austerity". Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ Parker, James. "Datavis + Forgotten Light Prism Projector". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
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  16. ^ "ATP Curated by Animal Collective". ATP. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
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  19. ^ Brown, Harley. "Nine Inch Nails Opener Oneohtrix Point Never Talks Cyberdrones, Slimescapes, and Whammy Bars". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ FACT Team. "Oneohtrix Point Never announces new album". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
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  22. ^ Stanley, Sean (2015-01-22). "Listen to Oneohtrix Point Never’s film score on ‘Partisan'’s trailer | DIY". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  23. ^ Keens, Oliver. "Warp x Tate: playing to the gallery". Time Out. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  24. ^ "R Plus 6 / Affect Index by Daniel Lopatin & Nate Boyce". PS1. 
  25. ^ Ilves, Ott. "Oneohtrix Point Never – Commissions I [EP]". The 405. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
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  28. ^ "Oneohtrix Point Never preps comp, is recording next album". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  29. ^ "Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 on Discogs". Music seller. Discogs. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Ducktails – The Flower Lane". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Real Estate – Out of Tune". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Wake Up Awesome". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Clinic – Free Reign". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Antony And The Johnsons – Swanlights EP". Discogs. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Harald Grosskopf – Re-Synthesist". AllMusic. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 

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