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Interview

The Warp composer on Garden of Delete and constructing a world of your own

Oneohtrix Point Never Email interview by Deva Rao Artwork by Max de Waard

Every generation has its vanguard, its cultural frontrunners seemingly fated to bring about waves of paradigm shifts, conceptual advancements and, you know, generally mindblowing tunes. At the forefront of the current crop is Daniel Lopatin, the artist best known as Oneohtrix Point Never, forging ahead into entirely unprecedented musical territory and, arguably more impressively, remaining exceptionally laidback throughout. Imbued with a seemingly boundless frame of reference, he’s equally adept with humorous, off-the-cuff live-tweet sprees as he is dispensing academically rigorous musical and societal analysis. That is to say, his is a truly unique perspective. When rolling out his new full-length, Garden Of Delete, he disseminated the MIDI files making up the album and created both a fictional ‘hyper-grunge’ band and a grotesque, pus-oozing teenage alien companion. This would be indulgent and gratuitous in al22

most anyone else’s hands; not so with Lopatin, whose impeccable musical track record and astounding compositional prowess afford him a justifiable level of credit. We talked about reaping the benefits of subjective interpretation, non-musical influences and opportune sugar daddies. As for the dimension of Lopatin’s music that remains stubbornly beyond articulation, we asked artist Max de Waard to address it in a series of digital illustrations. Feast your eyes. So: Garden Of Delete, a harmonious ecosystem of the discarded? That’s sort of what comes to mind for me; it’s a phrase ripe for subjective interpretation. That’s true. Also [the notion that] one’s negative thoughts don’t have to be thought of as waste, that positive things can flow from negative environments. But I like the phrase

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Issue 02 of the Subbacultcha quarterly magazine featuring Oneohtrix Point Never, Weyes Blood, Empress Of, Meduse MagiQ, Red Light Radio resi...

Subbacultcha magazine – Issue 02  

Issue 02 of the Subbacultcha quarterly magazine featuring Oneohtrix Point Never, Weyes Blood, Empress Of, Meduse MagiQ, Red Light Radio resi...