In what will be probably my last post of this year, I bring you a recent artist in my collection, Brooklyn based ambient musician, Daniel Lopatin AKA Oneohtrix Point Never. Working almost exclusivley with vintage analogue synths, OPN's music has same nostalgic qualities as heard in Boards Of Canada's tracks. If I could describe it to you, I'd say it's like the score to an old futuristic sci-fi flick.
First up, some tracks from 2009's Rifts, A compilation of his previous 3 albums. These became kind of rare due to limited print and outdated format (believe it or not, Cassette. In 2008!) so along with being easier to find, many of the tracks are extended or alternate mixes. and so, let's begin.
One thing I love about OPN, as well as the vintage sounds, is how he builds tracks. often starting with a simple arpeggio and layering sounds over it, until each elements blends seamlessly, or conflicting in such a way the sounds blur together into one.
Oneohtrix Point Never - Betrayed In The Octagon [click to download]
Oneohtrix Point Never - Russian Mind [click to download]
Oneohtrix Point Never - Laser To Laser [click to download]
Oneohtrix Point Never - Hyperdawn [click to download]
Oneohtrix Point Never - Actual Air [click to download]
And to top it off: a Mix by OPN, bundled with my copy of Rifts by the nice folk over at Bleep.com titled Objects In Mirrors. I'd love to include a tracklist but I couldn't find one anywhere. The intro's a bit out of the blue, but stick through it, 'cuz the good stuff comes in around 3:50 into it. trust me :).
Oneohtrix Point Never - Objects In Mirrors Mix
2010, We'll Go There Again,
-Claude Van Foxbat