By Mateusz Nawara
Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven
New Yorker Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has pioneered his own brand of “ambient” electronic music — vastly different than the usual fare that presents underwater jet engine sounds, uninspired meditative drones and boredom.
Instead, we have the beautiful song of a sole computer in a post-human world. Massive Gregorian-esque choral arrangements are warped to where we lose sense whether the voices are real or generated, and the driving polyrhythms and harmonic sensibilities sound like a circa-4000 AD Steve Reich.
Lopatin’s first record out on legendary label Warp Records, R Plus Seven is process music wrapped within the moment, the tones elegantly traversing frequencies and dynamics.
But it’s not without bite — the computer’s next step is never predictable. R Plus Seven is truly symphonic; once we immerse in the mainframe’s soundscape, we’re hooked until the end.