NYC’s electronic visionary Daniel Lopatin on his post-noise experiments in ambient lushness and stretched-out synth music.
Brooklyn-based musician Daniel Lopatin explores electronic music’s left-of-center regions. The son of Russian immigrants who were professional musicians, he’s spent years cranking out tapes and CDRs as Oneohtrix Point Never, his output ranging from demented meditation drones to straight-up noise. Though his early releases on Carlos Giffoni’s No Fun label connected him to the noise circuit, his compositions are equally inspired by library music, jazz fusion, a love-hate relationship with new age and a general appreciation for various strains of supposedly “bad” music. In 2009, Lopatin released Rifts, a celebration of synth-driven musicality and ambient warmth, further explored on his Returnal LP on Editions Mego. He put out his third LP, Replica, on his own Software label, which also provided a home for his collaborative outings with Joel Ford (as Ford & Lopatin) and Tim Hecker. In recent years, he’s teamed up with Brian Reitzell to score Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film, The Bling Ring, and released his adventurous R Plus Seven LP – his first for Warp Records, followed by 2015’s cacophonous Garden of Delete. In the summer of 2018, he has released Age Of, an album composed of early music, country and folk balladry, melodic pop and computer music.