While Vivid is now fairly well known for its crowd drawing spectacle, it has become more of an overstuffed family friendly claustrofest in recent years. Braving not only the cold but also the immense crowds, it’s definitely worth it not just for the lights, but also the music.
Vivid Live has brought some of the more forward thinking and exhilarating alternative acts from both past and present to the many stages of the Sydney Opera House. Of no exception to this was Brooklyn based experimental musician, Oneohtrix Point Never. Whilst still not a household name, Daniel Lopatin has created a body of music that is as envelope pushing as it is mysterious.
While the assumption may be that, being an electronic musician, his live show would not translate well to the seated Jane Seymour Theatre in the Opera House, this is far off the mark. Performing live with video artist/guitarist and long-term collaborator, Nate Boyce, the show was a disconcerting barrage of Lopatin’s dark aural splendour. The audiovisual meld was a mesmerising, technopagan conceptualisation of 2015’s Garden of Delete, one which, at just under an hour and a half, felt woefully short lived. Despite this, the set was a robust suite, further enhanced by the uncanny valley visuals by Boyce.