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Venue:
Union Transfer1026 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $16 General Admission
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 8:00pm

Oneohtrix Point Never

Daniel Lopatin, electronics

Ars Nova Workshop & R5 Productions are pleased to present Oneohtrix Point Never in concert at the former Spaghetti Warehouse a.k.a. Union Transfer, in support of 2015’s Garden of Delete.

 

Oneohtrix Point Never is the nom-de-plume for producer/intertextual web provocateur Daniel Lopatin, whose blissed-out Juno-60 synth meditations and seemingly indiscriminate approach to sampling came to define the “vaporwave” genre in the early 10s. Lopatin explains his mission in a Vanity Fair feature: “O.P.N. has always been about reaching for some kind of liminal state in which opposing aesthetic forces become entangled and confused and equal.”

 

O.P.N.’s latest offering began to take shape when Lopatin was asked to replace cyberpunk conceptual prank-rap trio Death Grips on a 2014 North American amphitheater tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden. The experience inspired Lopatin to use the textures of industrial metal and post-grunge (as well as top 40 EDM and trance) to foreground a surreal exploration of adolescent abjection. It’s all too fitting that the FADER dubbed Garden of Delete, “an album as scary as puberty.”

 

In advance of the album’s release, Lopatin orchestrated a proper wild World Wide Web goose chase, replete with carefully hidden MIDI files, fabricated social media profiles, and a fictional backstory (something about a “hypergrunge” band called Kaoss Edge and their alien superfan Ezra).

 

The experience of Garden of Delete might be best summarized by this excerpt from a pointed Talkhouse op-ed Lopatin penned in response to Kenny G’s recent Brazilian Nights album:

 

I tolerate dumb things sometimes in a kitschy way but mostly in a sort of zen way, wherein stuff is suspended in a myopic ooze of raw nowness that is beautiful and gross at the same time. I’m continuously looking for ways to decrypt dumb musical options into something stimulating. I think of them as elusive entities whose pearls are attainable through a belief in myself as an idiosyncratic thing-morphing alien.

Jason Lescalleet
Jason Lescalleet, electronics, etc.

Jason Lescalleet is an experimental electronic music artist who is known for using reel-to-reel tape machines to produce musique concrète, often collaboratively. His discography includes a variety of releases: In Which the Silent Film Director Can No Longer Make His Point to the Industrial Dreamer (2000), a collaboration with Nmperign on Intrasitive Recordings; Figure 2 (2001), a collaboration with John Hudak on Intransitive Recordings; Forlorn Green (2001), a collaboration with Greg Kelley on Erstwhile Records; Mattresslessness (2001), a solo album on Cut; Electronic Music (2003), a solo album on RRRecords; Red Room (2004), a collaboration with Jason Kahn on Chloë; Brombron 09: Annihilate This Week (2006), a collaboration with Joe Colley on Korm Plastics; Love Me Two Times (2006), a collaboration with Nmperign on Intransitive Recordings; The Pilgrim (2006), a solo album memorial for his father on Glistening Examples; and The Breadwinner (2008), a collaboration with Graham Lambkin on Erstwhile Records.