The Octopus Project - Hexadecagon CD/2xLP

Hexadecagon

This, 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. Undoubtedly the band's finest work.

"The trippiest, most elaborate thing the Octopus Project has ever done."
The Austin American Statesman

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.

"Unforgettable."
USA Today

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.

"If there's a such thing as a happiness seizure, be prepared to have one."
Paste Magazine

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).

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.

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"The euphoria is instant, and infectious."
Culture Mob

"The sheer complexity of this composition is astounding."
Mxdwn

"Pretty fucking cool... their most epic release yet."
Origivation Magazine

"The Rolling Stones of bleep-bloop."
The Onion

"...absolutely euphoria and spiritual release... a celestial experience."
Red River Noise

"...the sweet spot between artful songcraft and a balls-out party jam."
The Onion

Song of the Day
KUT's Texas Music Matters

"Electronic minimalism taken to post-rock extremes."
The Austin Chronicle

Q&A Interview: Toto Miranda
Red River Noise

Interview & performance on TV
FOX 7 Good Day Austin

"So awesome."
Pitchfork Ain't Right

16 things to know about Hexadecagon
The Austin American Statesman

"Catalog" video premiere.
Magnet

"Hot shit! ...their music alone will knock your ass out."
IndieRockReviews

"A tour de force and a special treat."
The Dallas Observer

"It’s not everyday that you get to experience something new. Something exciting."
Pegasus News

"The 'Tubular Bells' of the 8-bit generation."
Spin

"Five stars (of five)!"
Venus Zine

"Their best record yet."
Consequence of Sound

"The Octopus Project’s best and most ambitious effort yet."
Alarm Press

"A hypnotic journey against and through a wall of sound, the kind of album that manages to evoke a million emotions without a word."
American Songwriter

"Captivating."
The Austin American Statesman

"Austin, TX’s Octopus Project max out on music mistakenly called minimal."
Montreal Mirror

"Supremely transcendent instrumental music."
IndieRockReviews

"Inspired by (the highly inspirational) Terry Riley and Steve Reich... conjures a more rock ‘n’ roll version of those aforementioned minimalists."
Stereogum

"How did the instrumental electronic-pop quartet pull it off?"
Sound + Vision

"A dreamscape and sonic deluge."
ChinaShop

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Brooklyn Vegan

"Unforgettable."
USA Today

"A glorious waterfall of humming circuitry."
IFC

"The trippiest, most elaborate thing the Octopus Project has ever done."
The Austin American Statesman

"If there's a such thing as a happiness seizure, be prepared to have one."
Paste Magazine

"A surrealist montage of epic proportions."
Mxdwn

"Hexadecagon experiment promises to be a multi-sensory overload."
The Austin Chronicle

"The Octopus Project to première latest multimedia mindfuck during SXSW."
The Onion

DateDayCityVenueSupport/Details 
05/06/2014 Tue Treviso, Italy Bianconiglio
05/07/2014 Wed Ferrara, Italy Zuni
05/08/2014 Thu Faenza, Italy Clandestino
05/09/2014 Fri Torino, Italy Blah Blah
05/10/2014 Sat Padova, Italy Macello Festival
05/13/2014 Tue Cardiff, Wales The Moon Club
05/14/2014 Wed Dublin, Ireland The Workman's Club Tix
05/15/2014 Thu Limerick, Ireland Cobblestone Joes
05/18/2014 Sun Cork, Ireland Crane Lane Theatre
05/22/2014 Thu Hull, UK The New Adelphi
05/23/2014 Fri Aberdeen, Scotland The Tunnels
05/25/2014 Sun Portsmouth, UK Venue TBD
05/26/2014 Mon London, UK The Lexington Tix
05/28/2014 Wed Paris, France Espace B
05/29/2014 Thu Poitiers, France Confort Moderne Duchess Says, Jonathan Toubin
05/30/2014 Fri Lyon, France Nuits Sonores Festival Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Wooden Shjips, more
06/02/2014 Mon Bordeaux, France I.Boat
06/03/2014 Tue Mayenne, France Venue TBD
06/04/2014 Wed Marseille, France La Machine a Coudre
06/06/2014 Fri Angers, France Le Chabada
06/07/2014 Sat Notre-Dame-De-Monts, France West Side Festival
06/08/2014 Sun Dunkerque, France La Ducasse Kid Congo, Duchess Says
06/14/2014 Sat Austin, TX Scoot Inn Corduroi, Holiday Mountain, Ishi, Night Drive, Bagheera (all ages) Tix
06/19/2014 Thu Dallas, TX The Prophet Bar Analog Rebellion, Future Unlimited (18+) Tix

Bonus Features

The vinyl release is a delight for audiophiles and collectors alike. Download codes are included, and the album spans three sides of the gatefold LP. The fourth side contains ten bonus tracks unavailable on any other format, cut to wax in interlocked, spiraling "roulette grooves," with each of the roulette grooves dropping into a single locked groove. The vinyl also includes a cut-and-assemble zoetrope that the listener can place atop the record as it spins, creating a miniature animation. Each album track has its own zoetrope animation strip — eight in all. Needless-to-say, this is a very special release. Limited pressing of 1000 copies.

CD

Hexadecagon CD

Vinyl

Hexadecagon LP

Digital


Now available on iTunes and eMusic.

Look for Hexadecagon in your local record store now!