Peek-A-Boo Records

The Octopus Project

In late 2001, the reputation of The Octopus Project as the band that "hooked up their half-broken electronic shit all wrong" first attracted the attention of Peek-A-Boo Records. In the years since, the band has developed into a powerful and prolific group, both in the studio and on the stage, with three proper albums, a variety of EPs and hundreds of shows under its belt.

After releasing 2007's Hello, Avalanche and netting praise from Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Wired, Spin, Pitchfork and a zillion blogs, The Octopus Project settled into a relentless touring schedule that took the band to nine countries and a handful of major music festivals. Long drives soundtracked by minimal classic composers Terry Riley and Steve Reich led to thoughts about how to expand the scope of their own musical endeavors. Already known for concise blasts of experimental pop and a vibrant stage presence, The Octopus Project wanted to create a deeper sound, a more enveloping experience.

As an early experiment, the band scored original music to a series of short, psychedelic films from the previous century and performed the sold-out set in a favorite Austin art house theater. The overwhelmingly successful shows prompted invitations for repeat performances and talk of taking the production on the road. But the band was still in search of something bigger. They wanted to completely surround the audience with sound and vision — total immersion.

In late 2009, the band took some time off from touring to start writing new material and tinkering with electronics, and Hexadecagon began to take shape. The band members quickly realized that in order to achieve their creative vision, they would need more than the standard two-channel stereo audio and single projection. However, the equipment to pull this off didn't exist. So they built it. Using custom electronics (The Bend Matrix) and pushing existing software (Ableton Live, VDMX, OSCulator) to its limits, the band spent the next three months writing songs specifically for an eight-channel surround sound system and shooting video footage with Austin digital artist Wiley Wiggins.

With eight speakers arranged in a circle surrounding the audience, and the audience in turn surrounding the band at the center, The Octopus Project performed Hexadecagon twice to over-capacity crowds at SXSW 2010. Overhead, the music was accompanied by eight synchronized video projections. The performance required an integrated eight-channel audio and eight-channel video system, hence the name "Hexadecagon," the geometrical term for a sixteen-sided object — a sixteen-sided audiovisual panorama. The reception was emphatically positive.

Buzzing from the performance, the band spent the next two months putting the songs to tape in their home studio, then mixed in Dallas with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In the Sky, Clinic, The Walkmen). The music is written to work in layers — originally for an audio canvas of eight-channels, but here re-arranged and re-orchestrated to create an engrossing experience for anyone with a pair of speakers (or headphones, ideally).

Hexadecagon, more than any previous release by The Octopus Project, feels like an album in the truest sense. It's not so much eight distinct songs as one epic suite with mood swings. The first syncopated piano riff of "Fuguefat" only hints at the intense, vacillating montage of over 40 interwoven piano tracks which later appear in "Circling." This fervor gradually subsides into a vast sonic landscape where massive subterranean tones call and respond, and a lone, mournful Theremin wanders the domain in "Toneloop." That Theremin eventually finds companions among the colossal, soothing pulses of "Hallucinists," and album closer "Catalog" just might be a millennia-old transmission from a distant intelligent life form.

Peek-A-Boo Records is thrilled to release Hexadecagon on CD, 2xLP and digital formats on October 26, 2010.

Discography
Albums
Identification Parade CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2002)
One Ten Hundred Thousand Million LP/CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2005)
One Ten Hundred Thousand Million LP/CD
  (White Wabbit Records [TAIWAN/HONG KONG], 2006)
The House of Apples & Eyeballs LP/CD with Black Moth Super Rainbow
  (Graveface Records, 2006)
Hello, Avalanche LP/CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2007)
Hexadecagon 2xLP/CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2010)

Singles & EPs
Christmas on Mars CD EP (Soda Pop Productions, 1999)
• Black Octopus Lipstick Project Foam Party CD EP
  (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2004)
• "Wet Gold" / "Moon Boil" 7" (Too Pure Recordings, 2008)
Golden Beds Enhanced CD EP (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2009)

Tour Dates
  DateCityVenueSupport/DetailsTix
  10/11/14 Lafayette, GA Fly Free Fest Tickets
  10/16/14 Kyoto, Japan Growly
  10/17/14 Osaka, Japan Shinsaibashi FANJ
  10/18/14 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya O-crest
  10/19/14 Tokyo, Japan Zepp Diver City (Zankyo Matsuri 10th Anniversary Festival)
  10/20/14 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya O-nest
  10/31/14 Dallas, TX Club Dada
  11/01/14 Shreveport, LA Bear's
  11/03/14 Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light
  11/04/14 Birmingham, AL The Bottle Tree
  11/05/14 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
  11/07/14 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's

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»  "Fever Forms" in Dig Boston (07/16/2013)
 
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»  "Fever Forms" in Leslie Loudspeaker (07/12/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Pop Matters (07/11/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Mxdwn (07/10/2013)
 
»  The Octopus Project in All Music Guide (07/10/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Electric Feast (07/09/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in In Your Speakers (07/09/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in KUTX (07/09/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Total Darkness vs. Blinding Light (07/09/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Alarm Magazine (07/09/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Read the Horn (07/09/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Consequence of Sound (07/08/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Spacelab (07/08/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in AM New York (07/08/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in Caught in the Carousel (07/08/2013)
 
»  "Fever Forms" in The Austin American-Statesman (07/04/2013)
 
»  The Octopus Project in OVRLD (05/07/2013)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Dallas Observer (11/14/2011)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in KUT 90.1 FM (04/28/2011)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Culture Mob (02/23/2011)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Mxdwn (01/02/2011)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Origivation Magazine (12/31/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Onion (12/28/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Onion (12/06/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Red River Noise (12/06/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in KUT's Texas Music Matters (12/03/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Austin Chronicle (12/02/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Red River Noise (12/02/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in FOX 7 Good Day Austin (11/30/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Pitchfork Ain't Right (11/29/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Austin American Statesman (11/27/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Magnet (11/24/2010)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Pop Matters (11/23/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in IndieRockReviews (11/19/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Dallas Observer (11/18/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Pegasus News (11/18/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Spin (11/04/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Venus Zine (10/30/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Consequence of Sound (10/28/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Alarm Press (10/26/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in American Songwriter (10/25/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Austin American Statesman (10/25/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Montreal Mirror (10/07/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in IndieRockReviews (09/24/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Stereogum (09/23/2010)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in The Dallas Observer (07/15/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Sound + Vision (06/18/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in ChinaShop (03/26/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Brooklyn Vegan (03/23/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in USA Today (03/22/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in IFC (03/22/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Paste Magazine (03/20/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Austin American Statesman (03/20/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Austin Chronicle (03/19/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in Mxdwn (03/19/2010)
 
»  "Hexadecagon" in The Onion (02/22/2010)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in Pop Matters (11/17/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in Amplifier (11/02/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in The Rathaus (09/30/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Impose Magazine (09/22/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Daily Texan (09/21/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in Relix (09/01/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in Austinist (08/25/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in KEXP Blog (08/20/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Portland Mercury (08/13/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in Austin Sound (08/13/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in Eat Sleep Drink Music (08/07/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in HEAVE Media (07/28/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Dell Lounge (07/27/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in FMLY (07/25/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in This Music Wins (07/24/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Chicago Sun-Times (07/24/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austin American-Statesman (07/14/2009)
 
»  "Golden Beds" in KUT Texas Music Matters (06/25/2009)
 
»  The Octopus Project in River Front Times (10/31/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Worms vs. Birds (10/27/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Pop Matters (10/27/2008)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Better Propaganda (10/20/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Tiger Weekly (10/15/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austin Town Hall (10/02/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in News 8 Austin (09/28/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Space City Rock (08/29/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Make Out Club (08/28/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Tucson Weekly (08/07/2008)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Wired (08/06/2008)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Video Static (08/04/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Oklahoman (08/01/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Beat Route (08/01/2008)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Resonance (PDF) (02/18/2008)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Pop Matters (01/29/2008)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Tiny Mix Tapes (12/17/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in My Old Kentucky Blog (12/08/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Reax (12/05/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in KEXP Blog (11/26/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in The Irish Times (11/23/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Rolling Stone (11/22/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Austin Sound (11/13/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in XLR8R (11/09/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in PerfSpot (11/02/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Pitchfork (Forkcast) (10/31/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Sound Fix (10/26/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Spin (10/26/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Pitchfork (10/25/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in PerfSpot (10/15/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in The Village Voice (10/09/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in The Tripwire (10/05/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in The Austin Chronicle (10/04/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Soundcheck Magazine (10/01/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Chicago Innerview (10/01/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in stereogum (09/28/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Harp (09/20/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in L.A. Record (09/18/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in 17 Dots (09/14/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Pitchfork (photos) (09/13/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Pitchfork (Forkcast) (09/12/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in USC Daily Trojan (09/07/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Radio Free Chicago (08/30/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Metro Boston (08/24/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Ottowa Sun (08/22/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in XLR8R (08/17/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Athens Flagpole (08/15/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Athens Banner-Herald (08/15/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Spin (08/14/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in New York Magazine (live video) (07/09/2007)
 
»  "Hello, Avalanche" in Pitchfork (Forkcast) (07/05/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Pitchfork (07/03/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austin Sound (06/28/2007)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Austin Sound (03/08/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austinist (01/22/2007)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Pitchfork (12/13/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austinist (11/30/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austin Sound (11/28/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Austin Independent (09/09/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in BlackBook (05/26/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austinist (05/25/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Austin Chronicle (05/25/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Denver Westword (05/18/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in WNYC (radio interview) (04/28/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in KUT's Texas Music Matters (audio) (04/27/2006)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Los Angeles Times (04/27/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Morning News (04/18/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Austin Chronicle (04/14/2006)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Rolling Stone Magazine (04/07/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Muzikalia (ES) (03/15/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in See You In The Pit (03/12/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Flavorpill (03/01/2006)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Indie Interviews (podcast) (11/29/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Now Toronto (09/15/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Montreal Mirror (09/15/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Dusted (06/14/2005)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Austin Chronicle (05/06/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in TinyMeat TinyBlog (05/01/2005)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Tiny Mix Tapes (04/21/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Chart Attack (04/01/2005)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Live New Orleans (03/31/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Splendid Magazine (03/19/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Earlash (03/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Punk Planet (03/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in URB (03/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in The Chicago Reader (02/25/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Pittsburgh Post Gazette (02/25/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Pitchfork (02/25/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Smoking Beagle (02/24/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Time Out New York (02/24/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Pitt News (02/24/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Philadelphia City Paper (02/24/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in The Univ. of Tennessee Daily Beacon (02/18/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Houston Press (02/10/2005)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Girlstown Productions (02/07/2005)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Austin Chronicle (02/04/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Austin American-Statesman (02/03/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Pop Matters (02/02/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Blogcritics (02/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Prefix (02/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Nylon (02/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Fingertips (01/30/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Miami New Times (01/20/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in XLR8R (01/13/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Remix Magazine (01/13/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Entertainment Weekly (01/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Urb Magazine (01/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in CMJ (01/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in StripWax (01/01/2005)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Filter (01/01/2005)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Venus (12/01/2004)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in Mass Appeal (12/01/2004)
 
»  "One Ten Hundred Thousand Million" in The Austin Chronicle (11/19/2004)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Space City Rock (11/01/2003)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Evil Sponge (07/17/2003)
 
»  The Octopus Project in The Austin Chronicle (02/28/2003)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Dusted (09/02/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Sonic Playground (GR) (08/10/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Montreal Mirror (08/10/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Fake Jazz (07/12/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Exclaim! (07/08/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Audio Galaxy (06/17/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Hear/Say (06/10/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in Splendid Magazine (06/05/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in The Austin Chronicle (04/26/2002)
 
»  The Octopus Project in Austin American-Statesman (04/25/2002)
 
»  "Identification Parade" in The Plague (04/01/2002)

The Octopus Project
(L-R) Toto Miranda, Josh Lambert, Yvonne Lambert, Ryan Figg

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