If you have ever accused NPR of not being hip, hold on to your fucking hat – NPR Music recorded the entire 7-hour Oneida improvisational performance in the spirit of their former studio, The Ocropolis. They brought in guests to collaborate with them from Portishead, Boredoms, Yo La Tengo, Chavez and more. They have divided the performance up into 3 parts which can be streamed or downloaded at NPR Music.
Today the Village Voice reports that Monster Island the long standing Brooklyn artist space which houses both Secret Project Robot and Oneida’s recording studio The Ocropolis will close at the end of September. Before then there are still plenty of events scheduled including the annual Monster Island Block Party, taking place this Saturday. Since 2004, Monster Island has been a home to the reemergent Brooklyn scene housing tons of music events including early Todd P shows. Dozens of bands have recorded at the Ocropolis, and tons of artists have either shown their work in the gallery space or used the studio space to launch their creations. The good news is both the Ocropolis and Secret Project Robot will be moving to a yet to be disclosed new space in Bushwick.
Meet the Emergencynth a new boutique, limted edition synthesizer and sequencer that will be released tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 1). The device is designed and hand-assembled by Karl LaRocca AKA Kayrock. Members of both Oneida and Parts & Labor contributed to this project. The Emergencynth is limited to 350 copies available either at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn, or through the Emergencynth website HERE. More details:
“It has 8 oscillators which can be tuned in unison, spread out over a range of many octaves, or set to various preset harmonies. The oscillators can be set to one of 8 different waveforms: sin, two triangles, two saws, and three square waves. Switches control pitch sweep and 4 amplitude envelopes.
The 32 step sequencer has programmable memory for 8 patterns. It comes with preset patterns written by members of Oneida, Trans Am, Parts & Labor, and Roxy Pain, but you can save over them with your own creations.”
On June 7th Oneida completed their monumental Thank Your Parents album triptych with the release of their new album Absolute II. In celebration, Oneida hunkered down at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn for an entire weekend of music that featured guest performances, monumental jams, and the performance of the entire Thank Your Parents triptych which culminated in a performance at dawn on Sunday of Absolute II. NYCtaper was there to witness and document the entire weekend of music. You can hear their recordings of Oneida’s live performances of each of the triptych’s three albums: Preteen Weaponry, Rated O, and Absolute II at the links below. Long live the O!
Oneida embark on a European tour this week featuring sets at Puschenfest, Hainweh Festival, Off Festival, Terrano Festival and more. They return to the U.S. with a performance in Portland, ME in Sept. and an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in October. Check out their full tour dates HERE.