Yes In My Backyard: Download Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Zones Without People”


Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.

Brooklyn uneasy dreamer Daniel Lopatin, a/k/a Oneohtrix Point Never, is an electronics mutilator of the most sensitive variety. His analog slurry has the dark, foreboding exterior of the New York’s noise scene, but its darkest-space analog keyboard pulse actually puts Lopatin’s music much closer to Hawkwind’s cosmic prog, Manuel Gottsching’s minimal grid systems, or Tangerine Dream’s art-drone. The two-disc anthology Rifts, released today on No Fun Records, combines the three full-length records OPN released between 2007 and 2009. Rather than employing the charred, hyper-distorted pedal chain noise of his peers, Lopatin uses a tender, gentle touch. You can hear every key he presses on his keyboards; the result is a gentle mush-hum of accidental chillwave, Reznor-styled churn, a whole lot of Italo-prog, and even some loving drones reminiscent of Lopatin’s other project, Infinity Window. “Zones Without People,” the title track to a piece of vinyl released on Brooklyn’s Arbor Records and properly anthologized on Rifts, is a four-minute autobahn ride that combines the creepy menace of a John Carpenter soundtrack with a vague approximation of an Ibiza-ready synth-house banger–well, minus the beat, of course.

Oneohtrix Point Never on “Zones Without People”

What is “Zones Without People” about?

“Zones Without People” is about contemporary modes of isolation–specifically this idea that portable devices have changed the way we relate to our bodies and other people’s bodies.

Tell me how this track was made.

The track was made with an analog synthesizer, sequencerm and some delay pedals. I can’t remember how I made it personally. I think I was just fooling around.

What type of emotions do you want to convey with a song like this?

Traveling isn’t an emotion but I want it to convey traveling. Longing while traveling.

What’s the most memorable show you’ve played in NYC?

Last winter Infinity Window played at Glasslands and it was the first time we had ever put our gear on tables. I know that sounds mundane, but tables were actually a huge revelation for us at the time. We were a floorcore band before that.

What;s your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?

The burgers at Roebling Tea Room are insane.