Oneohtrix Point Never: MYRIAD
Musician, composer, and Mercury Prize nominated-producer Oneohtrix Point Never‘s world-building approach to creating works spans across the mediums of film, poetry, and visual art. Having just won the best Soundtrack Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for the film Good Time, Oneohtrix Point Never comes to the Armory with a project of unprecedented scope: a hyperstitial “concertscape” imagined from the perspective of an alien intelligence. MYRIAD is Oneohtrix Point Never’s most ambitious project to date, and builds on a practice of site-specific concertscapes presented at the Museum of Modern Art (2011), Tate Britain and MoMA PS1 (2013), and Edinburgh International Festival (2015), amongst many others.
Pulling from long-standing fascinations with film and television tropes, abstract sculpture, game ephemera, poetry, apocryphic histories, internet esoterica, and philosophies of being, MYRIAD generates a conceptual spectrum that is as much a speculation on the unthinkable future as it is an allegory for the current disquiet of a civilization out of balance with its environment. Oriented around behaviorally choreographed set pieces and lighting, the theatrical installation takes a directly formal approach to themes latent in his work by placing the audience inside the architecture of the music itself. Using the scale of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall to explore disorienting relationships between space and sound, MYRIAD mutates forms of live musical performance. The world premiere of MYRIAD is presented as a four-part epochal song cycle by the Park Avenue Armory and the Red Bull Music Festival New York City.
Music performed at MYRIAD will be released as a new album—“Age Of”—on June 1st on Warp Records. The release is his most cohesive and richly composed work to date, weaving a tapestry of disparate musical histories—early music, country and folk balladry, melodic pop, computer music, and much more—that demonstrate both the complexity and range of the artist’s repertoire. With sounds that are unsettlingly familiar and uniquely his own, “Age Of” guides us through an unclassifiable new world.