Oneohtrix Point Never | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Oneohtrix Point Never Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Fri., Nov. 15, 9:30 p.m. 2013

Few electronic artists, especially those who recycle and transmute old music, change their sound more often than Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Brooklyn’s Daniel Lopatin in his best-known guise. I’ve listened to OPN’s latest album, R Plus Seven (Warp), a dozen times, and I’m still equal parts disoriented and beguiled by his choppy production style, which builds the record’s disjointed array of interconnected vignettes by shuffling decades-old preset tones, robotized simulacrums of human voices (a la the Fairlight synthesizer), and terse samples of pop music. It sometimes sounds like he’s hijacked Trevor Horn’s old ZTT sound bank and backward-masked everything in it. Lopatin doesn’t stop at digging up obsolete sounds and turning them into modern music—he seems intent on challenging himself to create structurally adventurous compositions from that limited, antiquated palette. His retro approach sometimes gets under my skin (many relics of 80s music should stay buried), but I’ve got to salute him for having the cojones to repurpose this shit so effectively. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15