Oneohtrix Point Never
Lopatin, photographed in 2013
|Birth name||Daniel Lopatin|
|Also known as||0PN, KGB Man, Chuck Person, Dania Shapes|
|Born||July 25, 1982|
Wayland, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Labels||Warp, Software, Mexican Summer, Editions Mego, No Fun|
|Associated acts||James Ferraro, Ford & Lopatin/Games, Anohni, Tim Hecker, Infinity Window, FKA twigs, DJ Earl, David Byrne, Ishmael Butler, Prurient|
Daniel Lopatin (born July 25, 1982), best known by the recording alias Oneohtrix Point Never, is a Brooklyn-based American composer, producer and singer-songwriter of experimental and electronic music.He began releasing synth-based recordings under the moniker in the mid-2000s, receiving initial acclaim for the 2009 compilation Rifts . He later explored varied styles, including sample-based composition and MIDI production, on albums such as Replica (2011), R Plus Seven (2013), and Garden of Delete (2015). In 2013 he signed to British electronic label Warp.
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Lopatin has collaborated with artists such as Anohni, Tim Hecker, Ishmael Butler, and FKA Twigs, and has also participated in several side-projects. He has also contributed scoring work to films such as The Bling Ring (2013) and Good Time (2017); the latter won him the Soundtrack Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
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Born and raised in Massachusetts,Lopatin is the son of Russian Jewish "refusenik" emigrants from the 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 and Stevie Wonder tapes, and his Roland Juno-60 synthesizer, an instrument that Lopatin would inherit and go on to use extensively. In high school, Lopatin played synthesizer in groups with friend and future collaborator Joel Ford, performing at school events. Lopatin attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts before moving to Brooklyn, New York to attend grad school at Pratt Institute, studying archival science. During that time, he became involved in Brooklyn's underground noise music scene.
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Lopatin initially released music under a number of aliases and as part of several groups, including Infinity Window and Astronaut,before adopting the pseudonym Oneohtrix Point Never, a verbal play on the name of the Boston FM radio station Magic 106.7. Early OPN recordings drew on synthesizer music, '80s new age tropes, and contemporary noise music. Lopatin released a series of cassette and CD-R projects interspersed with a trilogy of full-length albums: Betrayed in the Octagon (2007), Zones Without People (2009), and Russian Mind (2009). Much of this material was eventually collected on the 2009 compilation Rifts , which brought him international acclaim; it was named the second-best album of 2009 by UK magazine The Wire . Also in 2009, Lopatin released the audio-visual project Memory Vague , which included his profile-raising YouTube video "nobody here". His work during this period would be associated with the early 2000s underground hypnagogic pop trend.
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In June 2010, Lopatin followed Rifts with his major label debut Returnal , released on Editions Mego.In the same year, he released the influential limited-edition pseudonymous cassette Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 , which would help inspire the 2010s Internet-based genre vaporwave, and he formed the duo Games (later renamed Ford & Lopatin) with childhood friend Joel Ford. Lopatin's next album, Replica , was released in 2011 on his newly formed label Software Recording, to further critical praise. On it, Lopatin developed a sample-based approach that drew on the audio of 1980s and '90s television advertisements. Also that year, Lopatin participated in the collaborative album FRKWYS Vol. 7 with musicians David Borden, James Ferraro, Samuel Godin and Laurel Halo as part of RVNG's label series; Ford & Lopatin released Channel Pressure , and OPN was chosen to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Lopatin and visual artist Nate Boyce collaborated on the 2011 Reliquary House performance installation; the music from this project would later be released on the split OPN/Rene Hell album Music for Reliquary House / In 1980 I Was a Blue Square (2012). In 2012, Lopatin collaborated with Tim Hecker on the album Instrumental Tourist .
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In 2013, Lopatin signed with Warp Records. His label debut, R Plus Seven , was released on September 30, 2013 to positive reception.Lopatin collaborated with several artists on visual accompaniments, live performances, and internet projects for the album, among them his frequent collaborator Nate Boyce; Jon Rafman; Takeshi Murata; Jacob Ciocci, and John Michael Boling. Also in 2013, Lopatin composed his first film score—for Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring , a collaboration with Brian Reitzell —and OPN participated in the Warp x Tate event and was commissioned to create a piece inspired by Jeremy Deller's The History of the World.
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In 2014, Lopatin supported Nine Inch Nails on their tour with Soundgarden, as a replacement for Death Grips.On October 4, 2014, he 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, and featured Anohni on a rendition of the OPN song "Returnal" as well as audio-visual works from Nate Boyce which have been hosted by the Barbican Centre in London, the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. In the same year, OPN released Commissions I for Record Store Day, featuring several commissioned pieces. 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.
Lopatin released his second Warp LP Garden of Delete in November 2015following an enigmatic promotional campaign. He also composed the score for the 2015 film Partisan , directed by Ariel Kleiman. In 2016, Lopatin contributed to British singer Anohni's 2016 album Hopelessness and 2017 EP Paradise as well as Chicago footwork producer DJ Earl's 2016 album Open Your Eyes. In Fall 2016, UCLA's Hammer Museum hosted the film series Ecco: The Videos of Oneohtrix Point Never and Related Works, dedicated to the visual work of Lopatin and his collaborators.
In January 2017, a collaboration between OPN and FKA twigs was confirmed.In 2017, OPN provided the soundtrack for the film Good Time , directed by Ben & Josh Safdie. He won the Soundtrack Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for his work on the film, which included a collaboration with singer Iggy Pop entitled "The Pure and the Damned". The film's soundtrack was released via Warp on August 11, 2017.
In June 2018, Lopatin released his ninth studio album Age Of on Warp.The album was accompanied by Myriad, an expansive conceptual live project dubbed a 'concertscape' and 'four-part epochal song cycle' and featuring collaborations with live musicians and the visual artists Daniel Swan, David Rudnick, and Nate Boyce; the project was premiered at the Park Avenue Armory in May 2018. Also in 2018, OPN collaborated with David Byrne on his LP American Utopia and added synthesizer to Ultraviolet by Kelly Moran.
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Replica is the fifth studio album by American electronic musician Daniel Lopatin under the stage name Oneohtrix Point Never, released on November 8, 2011 via Mexican Summer and Software. It features co-production by Joel Ford and Al Carlson, and was Lopatin's first work to be recorded in a studio. Stylistically, the album marks a shift away from Lopatin's previous synth-based works under the alias, instead showcasing a sample-based approach utilizing audio from 1980s and 1990s television advertisements.
Channel Pressure is the debut studio album of electronic music duo Ford & Lopatin, consisting of producers Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford. Following the group's abandonment of their previous name "Games" for legal reasons, they recorded the album at Gary's Electric Studios in Brooklyn, New York. It was released on June 7, 2011 as the first album to be issued on Software, Lopatin's own label under the Mexican Summer imprint.
That We Can Play is the debut EP of the American electronic-music project Games, consisting of producers Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford. Lopatin and Ford produced That We Can Play in an apartment studio, using vintage synthesizers and sequencers to recapture the sound and style of 1980s power pop.
Garden of Delete is the seventh studio album by American electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never, released on November 13, 2015 by Warp Records. The album was preceded by an enigmatic Internet-based promotional campaign and draws on sources such as grunge music, top 40 radio tropes, and themes of adolescence and mutation. It received generally positive reviews from critics, and was included on year-end lists by several publications, including Fact, PopMatters, and The Quietus.
Rifts is a 2009 compilation album by Oneohtrix Point Never, the solo alias of Brooklyn electronic musician Daniel Lopatin. The album collects Lopatin's early synth-based recordings under the moniker dating back to 2003, including the three limited-run LPs Betrayed in the Octagon (2007), Zones Without People (2009) and Russian Mind (2009), as well as several additional cassette and CD-R releases. It was originally released on No Fun Productions in 2009 as a 2 disc set.
Hopelessness is the debut solo album by British-American artist Anohni, released on 6 May 2016 on Secretly Canadian, Rough Trade, and Hostess. Featuring co-production by Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, the album departs from the chamber pop style of Anohni's previous work with Antony and the Johnsons, instead exploring an electronic sound and engaging directly with political and environmental themes in the form of protest songs.
Daniel Lopatin is a Brooklyn-based experimental musician who records primarily under the pseudonym Oneohtrix Point Never. Early in his career as both a solo artist and as a member in several groups, he released a number of LPs and extended plays on a variety of independent labels. In 2010, he signed to Editions Mego and released his major label debut Returnal. In 2011, he founded the record label Software. In 2013, Lopatin signed to British electronic label Warp Records and released his label debut R Plus Seven.
Paradise is an extended play (EP) by British-American musician Anohni, released on 17 March 2017 by Secretly Canadian. The lead single, also titled "Paradise", was released on 26 January 2017. As with Anohni's previous album, Hopelessness, Paradise features collaborations with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Commissions I is a compilation extended play by American electronic musician Daniel Lopatin, known by his stage name Oneohtrix Point Never. It was released as a limited 12" vinyl edition of 1,000 copies on Record Store Day 2014 by the English label Warp. It is a collection of three tracks Lopatin commissioned for art pieces, films and live performance events: "Music for Steamed Rocks," "Meet Your Creator," and "I Only Have Eyes For You." These commissions were mixed and engineered for the EP by Paul Corley and mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson. The record was well received by music journalists, landing at number nine on a list of the best EPs of 2014 by Pretty Much Amazing.
Music For Reliquary House / In 1980 I Was A Blue Square is a split album by American electronic musician Daniel Lopatin, known by his stage name Oneohtrix Point Never, and Rene Hell, the project of American electronic music artist Jeff Witscher. It showcases Daniel Lopatin and Jeff Witscher's shift from the style of their early synthesizer-heavy recordings to electroacoustic music. The split album was released by NNA Tapes on September 17, 2012 to favorable opinions from professional reviewers.
Good Time is a soundtrack album by electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never, containing the score for the Safdie brothers' 2017 film Good Time. It was released on August 10, 2017 via Warp Records.
Age Of is the eighth studio album by American electronic producer Oneohtrix Point Never, released on June 1, 2018 on Warp Records. Recorded over two years, it features contributions from James Blake, Anohni, Prurient, Kelsey Lu and Eli Keszler.
"The Station" is a song by American electronic producer and singer-songwriter Oneohtrix Point Never from his eighth studio album, Age Of.