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Venue:
International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Friday, April 22, 2011 - 8:30pm

Oneohtrix Point Never

Daniel Lopatin, synthesizers

“At turns icy and serene, at others frenetic and twisted, it feels like a modern sci-fi remake of minimalism and kosmiche - there are long, repetitious builds with big openings between notes that suggest vast space and long drift.” – Pitchfork

Ars Nova Workshop and R5 Productions are excited to announce this co-presentation of Oneohtrix Point Never. This will be the first Philadelphia appearance by the acclaimed solo project of Daniel Lopatin.

Oneohtrix Point Never is the solo project of Daniel Lopatin, a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has brought him to the forefront of the modern electronic composition scene. Although Lopatin’s rise seemed meteoric following the praise for his double disc anthology Rifts, which was coveted by the likes of Wire, Pitchfork, Fader, Guardian, and XLR8R, it is the result of a deep engagement with polyphonic synthesizers dating back to childhood jam sessions with his father’s Juno 60. Audiences in the last year have gravitated to Oneohtrix Point Never’s profound arrangements, which manage to touch upon both mainstream pop consciousness and discarded electronic music histories and merge the structural freedom of noise with the abstract emotionality of work considered by many to be “background music.” His passion to find personal meaning in failed new age utopias and liminal science fiction environments often brings his compositions to the refracted brinks of minimalism, drone, proto-techno, noise and pop, while always clarifying the past through a blissful repetition of its sonic signifiers. It is the sound of history filtered through modern processes with an emphasis on structure and a humanness that resounds in its melodies. Lopatin is also a member of Ford & Lopatin (formerly Games), Infinity Window, and Skyramps, and the founder of CD-R imprint Upstairs. He has released recordings on Editions Mego, Arbor, No Fun Productions, Catholic Tapes, and Deception Island.

Bee Mask
Chris Madak , synthesizers + sampler

"Madak's music grafts the language of the contemporary New Age revival onto the compositional techniques of early cassette concrete artists like RLW and G*Park, or perhaps, the even earlier laboratory sounds of Francois Bayle. Bee Mask references a history of electronic music, while staying firmly within the contemporary moment." - The Wire

Bee Mask is a project of Chris Madak, a native of Cleveland, Ohio now residing in Philadelphia, a product of the fertile Rust Belt underground, and one of a generation of emerging artists busily reimagining the varied histories of electronic and experimental music. Over the course of seven years and over 30 limited edition releases, Bee Mask has developed an idiosyncratic and compelling sensibility that draws equally on the ecstatically perverse human/machine couplings of 1970s west coast synthesis, the hallucinatory space/time manipulations of Ad Reinhardt and Federico Fellini, the fractured gloss of early sampler concréte, and the iridescent thumbprint of minimalism on Miami trunk bass, working knee-deep in the Pandora's box opened by the collision of the techniques and materials of electroacoustic composition with utopian social and aesthetic movements beyond the reach of modernist orthodoxy.

In addition to recording as Bee Mask and a number of other, more cryptic alteregos, Chris curates the cassette label Deception Island, which has published critically acclaimed editions of work by a circle of like-minded contemporaries including Telecult Powers, Oneohtrix Point Never, and the members of Emeralds. His most recent release, Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico is available on the Spectrum Spools imprint of Editions Mego.