Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Oneohtrix Point Never (Warp Records)


The music of New York-based experimentalist Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. Ping-ponging one-bit electronics recall early '90s game music; analog arpeggiators channel Kraftwerk and Music in Moving Parts-era Philip Glass; chopped and manipulated voice-textures are in direct lineage with Paul Lansky's seminal Idle Chatter series.

Lopatin's ability to synthesize these influences into personal, otherworldly soundscapes is on full display on his latest album, "R Plus Seven," released last October.

It's fitting, then, that his Mixtape juxtaposes music of the distant past – 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons, Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni – with Steve Reich's early phase experiment Come Out, the ultra-modernism of György Ligeti and Nico Muhly's recently released, backward-gazing O Antiphon Preludes.


Orlando Gibbons - Fantazia of foure Parts
Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio in G Minor
Maurice Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit / Le Gibet
Steve Reich - Come Out
Giyah Kancheli - Mourned by the Wind: I. Molto Largo
György Ligeti - Etudes for Piano, Book 1: Cordes à vide
Paul Lansky - Notjustmoreidlechatter
Nico Muhly - O Antiphon Preludes: O Rex Gentium
Oneohtrix Point Never - Music for Steamed Rocks*

*composed for Witold Lutosławski's Preludes at Polish Icons 2, Sacrum Profanum

*Not all compositions from the original streaming playlist appear on Spotify.

Produced by:

Hannis Brown

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