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One of Brooklyn-based experimental musician Daniel Lopatin's many projects, Oneohtrix (pronounced one-oh-tricks) Point Never encompasses flowing electronics that evoke Tangerine Dream; ambient drones and excursions into noise; and forays into adventurous sampling. Growing up, he was inspired by the synth sounds of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Stevie Wonder in his fathers record collection, as well as classic video game soundtracks such as Metroid. Oneohtrix Point Never emerged in the late 2000s, around the time that Lopatin was also playing with the trio Astronaut and working on another solo project, Infinity Window. His first OPN full-length, 2007s Betrayed in the Octagon, introduced Oneohtrix Point Never's sci-fi bent, which was emphasized by Lopatin's vintage gear, including a Roland Juno-60 synthesizer and a Korg Electribe ES-1 sampler. Cassette-only efforts such as 2008s Transmat Memories paved the way for a prolific 2009, which included a cassette collaboration with Keith Fullerton Whitman as well as two more albums, the reflective Russian Mind and the comparatively bright and accessible Zones Without People. These two albums, along with Betrayed in the Octagon and selected tracks from OPNs cassettes, were released as Rifts late in 2009 by No Fun Productions. Lopatin went farther afield on 2010s critically acclaimed Editions Mego release Returnal, incorporating noise as well as more accessible melodies into the album. Ever busy, he collaborated with friend and Tigercity member Joel Ford as 80s synth pop revivalists Ford & Lopatin, as well as on their own label Software, an imprint distributed by Mexican Summer. In 2011, Oneohtrix Point Never played the All Tomorrows Parties festival curated by Animal Collective and released Replica -- which featured samples from 80s commercials and was also Lopatin's first album recorded in a studio -- on Software that November.
Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording name of Brooklyn-based experimental musician Daniel Lopatin, whose album Returnal was released by Editions Mego in June 2010. Lopatin's music is composed and performed primarily on vintage synthesizers, and has been described as drone or ambient music, gentle eddies of sound, and like a cracked mirror refracting the sounds of the past. Lopatin is a first-generation American, the son of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
Lopatin was chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that it curated in May 2011.
Lopatin graduated from Hampshire College, where he worked with Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner, and earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Pratt Institute. Lopatin is also a member of the electronic group Ford & Lopatin with Joel Ford, with whom he also runs the record label Software.