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December 26, 2011 6:49 AM   Subscribe

Daniel Lopatin is a Brooklyn-based electronic music composer who records under the name Oneohtrix Point Never. In a recent New Yorker article he confessed to Sasha Frere-Jones a desire to score Ridley Scott's upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel. His new album -- combining shades of Vangelis with tiny samples pulled from a web site featuring '80s TV commercials -- can be heard in its entirety here.
posted by Work to Live (37 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
M83 should do the Blade Runner sequel. Anything else would be a crime.
posted by empath at 6:54 AM on December 26, 2011 [7 favorites]


Lopatin is also part of Ford and Lopatin, Games, Total System Point Never, etc., and on Youtube as sunsetcorp.
posted by box at 7:02 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


M83 should do the Blade Runner sequel. Anything else would be a crime.

Their most recent album already works that way. Just plug and play.
posted by Fizz at 7:37 AM on December 26, 2011


I feel like M83 would do better with a John Hughes sort of film. Maybe I'm stuck on Saturdays=Youth.
posted by Vhanudux at 7:40 AM on December 26, 2011


I feel like M83 would do better with a John Hughes sort of film. Maybe I'm stuck on Saturdays=Youth.

I get what you're saying. Their music has this 2 in the morning kind of feel to it. You're kind of drunk, coming down off a high and searching for food and taxis. At least that's how I think of their music.
posted by Fizz at 7:44 AM on December 26, 2011


That too, but listen.
posted by empath at 7:46 AM on December 26, 2011


I really, really like Oneohtrix Point Never; but I think Mr Lopatin would benefit from a stage name that's less ridiculous.
posted by koeselitz at 7:51 AM on December 26, 2011


Thought it was kind of repetitive. And the, what, like half second samples looped over and over again wouldn't work well in a movie.
posted by delmoi at 7:52 AM on December 26, 2011


I guess it might make sense for M83 to score a Blade Runner sequel, only since Scott has basically lost the plot entirely. M83 ≠ Vangelis. I'd much rather hear what Lopatin would do with the opportunity...
posted by interrupt at 8:05 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ridley Scott is 74 years old? Wow, I would not have guessed that.
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:13 AM on December 26, 2011


How about we quit thinking about who should score a Blade Runner sequel and all agree this project should be scrapped regardless?
posted by dortmunder at 8:21 AM on December 26, 2011 [5 favorites]


That too, but listen.

Holy Chill Out!
posted by pashdown at 8:27 AM on December 26, 2011


The "Returnal" 7'' with Antony & Fennesz is really nice - both tracks here. And there's a nice interview with him here.
posted by with hidden noise at 8:40 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've yet to understand the hype surrounding Oneohtrix Point Never. I saw him play live a year and a half ago, it was all right, but nothing that couldn't be done by gathering a few friends with some vintage synths and a couple minutes to spare.
posted by cloeburner at 8:51 AM on December 26, 2011


I think flying lotus or even clams casino would be a couple good alternatives.
posted by 12bits at 9:11 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


can't believe that none of you are mentioning OPN's headlamp that he uses during live performances.... whenever i see that, i think "why didn't i think of that?"

i really liked "returnal"! tons, even! i can't describe why w/o sounding pretentious, but that album (barring the first track...) really hits the spot for some meditation-type vibes... also good for night driving.

i don't even want to think about a blade runner sequel, but... kuedo would be rad. at some point this year, i was listening to "severant" while driving back from work and it felt perfect like the perfect soundtrack as i moved near the bradbury building...
posted by raihan_ at 9:22 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Am I alone in thinking that it would be most appropriate for Smashmouth to score a new Blade Runner movie?
posted by Threeway Handshake at 9:26 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Threeway Handshake: "Am I alone in thinking that it would be most appropriate for Smashmouth to score a new Blade Runner movie?"

Yes.

Terribly, tragically alone.

Never to find a friend or soulmate.

Never to find succor in company.
posted by Samizdata at 9:32 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


SOMEBODY ONCE TOLD ME A GUY IS GONNA FOLD ME
AN ORIGAMI GIRL IN MY BED
SHE WAS LOOKING KIND OF DUMB AT THE TURTLE IN THE SUN
WITH SOME NIECE'S MEMORIES IN HER FOREHEAD

posted by nathancaswell at 9:46 AM on December 26, 2011 [4 favorites]


kuedo's severant sounds like it was crafted in the world of blade runner (+1ing @raihan_). OPN's album is annoying. completely agree with @cloeburner. i have no idea why anyone cares about his copy and paste, cat walking on a sampler keyboard album. and that concludes this installment of my opinion on the internet.
posted by Señor Pantalones at 10:06 AM on December 26, 2011


you know the @s dont do anything here right?
posted by nathancaswell at 10:09 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


> can't believe that none of you are mentioning OPN's headlamp that he uses during live performances.... whenever i see that, i think "why didn't i think of that?"

Jesus, this is hardly original. My band was been doing that 20 years ago, and as far as I know we weren't even close to being the first.

If you play a lot of shows and have a complex setup, you find yourself fumbling in the dark an awful lot. The first time you see a headlamp in the store, you automatically buy it...

The music didn't grab me particularly, nor did it seem to be at all original but then I have a crowded audio environment today - I'll try to give it another listen.

(Oh, and now I see this: "an electronic song cycle based around lo-fi audio procured from television advertisement compilations" sounds pretty BARF to me. We've been hearing electronic music based around old advertisements for a very long time now, and forgetting about the novelty, I don't need to hear any more advertisements, even if they're "vintage".)
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 10:12 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


> you know the @s dont do anything here right?

Get over this... people are going to do this here even though it's "frowned upon", it makes perfect sense to everyone who reads it, and to get offended is not productive.

:-)
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 10:14 AM on December 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


It's the 26th, my Christmas cheer is all used up, back to public shaming to enforce pointless subculture norms.
posted by nathancaswell at 10:17 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


This old joke of his still cracks me up.
posted by Hubajube at 10:19 AM on December 26, 2011


Why bother getting anyone but the master himself to score the new film?

It's not like Vangelis is dead. He just performed at the grand opening of an amphitheater in Qatar, and apparently it was quite the event. You can see photos and read all about the concert and get background on the production on this excellent Vangelis website's news page.

(Did you realize that this was only Vangelis' TWENTIETH live show since leaving Aphrodite's Child in the early 1970s? The man doesn't perform often. I keep thinking I'll be able to see him someday, but getting to Qatar and getting into an invitation-only concert was pretty well beyond my circumstances.)
posted by hippybear at 10:29 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I heard that "Oneohtrix point never" is a play on 106.7
posted by to sir with millipedes at 10:38 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I should add that I approve of the "stupid" name (not that anyone needs my seal of approval). There are a lot of musicians - you need brand recognition. Stupid names are memorable!

It's funny to remember that a lot of musicians' names that seem completely logical today appeared to be "stupid" when they came out. I'm old enough to remember when Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus) hit the scene - and everyone asked, "What sort of name is Elvis Costello? Elvis Presley meets Lou Costello?"
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:09 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


And one more "I agree".

I agree that only Vangelis should do the sound track to the Blade Runner sequel. But I agree even more that such a sequel should never be made; and I assume that if is made, it will be an expensive production with some expensive young musician doing the sound track, and not some old Greek dude, no matter how fantastic he is.

(Though I'd be really happy to hear an Amon Tobin soundtrack, I have to say...)
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:11 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


What wait, is there an upcoming Blade Runner sequel? How can we kickstop it?
posted by falameufilho at 11:22 AM on December 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oneohtrix is the one band that I checked out on bleep last month while trying to find something new to buy that I kinda dug. BoC never fucking releases shit, despite all the rumors. I'm glad ae is doing more than they were, but... and... I feel like Jenkinson's gone off the rails a bit, with his dickin' around on bass and stupid electro-band shit. V-Snares seems to have slowed down a bit, as well (and as usual, it's about 75/25 w/his stuff -- filth was not my cup, but I guess it's fan service for the old school to show he still has it, I guess).

So Oneohtrix hit that retro sound. Lone is OK, but sometimes a bit grating and Bibios is pretty sweet (though I think his newer album strays from the sound a bit, IIRC).

Anybody else have some recommends in general for some new tunage for me to buy (preferably off bleep).

And uh, Amon would be awesome for some sci-fi project...
posted by symbioid at 12:43 PM on December 26, 2011


I'd vote 65 Days of Static for a Blade Runner sequel soundtrack, but what do I know.
posted by mannequito at 1:32 PM on December 26, 2011


symbioid, have you heard Kona Triangle (Lone's other project)? Or Baths, Shigeto, Dimlite, Lukid. Maybe some of J. Rocc's more electronic stuff. Sorry if some of that is too hip-hoppy for your taste.
posted by Pope Xanax IV at 1:47 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


A propos of nothing, here is Antony Hegarty covering "Returnal".
posted by en forme de poire at 3:01 PM on December 26, 2011


(Sorry, for slightly more context "Returnal" was the title track from the last OPN album.)
posted by en forme de poire at 3:03 PM on December 26, 2011


yes @nathancaswell i'm aware @s don't do anything here. in case you missed the internet (check it out, it's neat), it's a common syntax.
posted by Señor Pantalones at 9:05 PM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Aces. Lopatin's sound is original, engaging and SOTA. (I don't understand any comparison to Vangelis's much more commercial sound.)
posted by Twang at 11:53 PM on December 26, 2011


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