"...Travis Benn and Ryan Padgett, main instigators of the Austin Motion Artists Group, have teamed up with intrepid music outfit the Octopus Project to provide a challenge and a creative opportunity for local animation studios: Make an animated video for an Octopus Project song – one 12-second segment at a time, with one segment per studio, and with none of the studios knowing what the others might do – and all of it's got to be finished within 48 hours. Then: string all those segments together for one complete sequence..."
"...The Octopus ProjectHello, Avalanche (Peek-a-Boo)..."
"...Six LPs, a tour alongside Devo, and several film scores including Damsel, a Western comedy directed by Austin siblings David and Nathan Zellner that premieres Jan. 23 at Sundance, landmark nearly two decades of instrumental experimentalism by local electro rockers Octopus Project..."
"...Electronic rock sprocket the Octopus Project has a new album due out this summer, set for release on the quartet’s longtime local imprint of choice, Peek-A-Boo Records. Titled Fever Forms, it’ll be the Austin instrumentalists fifth CD in 11 years, a 12-track scheduled for July 9...."
"...Like the Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka compounded by Boris’ Dronevil: Final, the Octopus Project’s Hexadecagon experiment promises to be a multi-sensory overload with eight-channel sound speakers and eight-channel video. The local electronic luminaries give two performances tonight at Whole Foods, 7 and 9:30pm...."
"...And is that where Srinivasan learned the multimedia skills she's used in her personal and high-profile projects?..."
"...Prepare to be unnerved, astounded, and emotionally transported into a world that, while subversively similar to our own, plays out like someone else's half-recalled fever dream ... that is, if cinematographer Sean Porter and soundtrack scorers the Octopus Project were standard-issue collaborators within our collective, dormant subconscious...."
"...Don't know about anyone else there, but when the Octopus Project started playing with Black Moth Super Rainbow (they just made an album together), the energy started swirling, whipping around, kids started jamming in, taking up space like Japanese high-rises, anywhere we could fit, and there, pushed up against the wall, barely catching a glimpse of the audio-visual extravaganza, I felt the floor give. – The Octopus Project live reviewed by Kate Getty, March 18, 2007..."
"...Kikuchi is magnificent and conveys a wealth of emotions through her facial expressions. The snowy compositions of cinematographer Sean Porter burrow under your skin, and the ethereal soundtrack by the Octopus Project is so effective that it was singled out for a Special Jury Prize at Sundance..."
"...When I returned to jazz, it was not the hard bop or cool jazz that brought me back, but early jazz: Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, and many others. I spent several years diving deeply in to this music before embarking on my own Ellington project...."
"...* Tee Double & James Speer “Set the Tone” 14. The Octopus Project “I Saw the Bright Shinies” * Appearing tonight at the Parish..."
"...If you missed the Octopus Project's Hexadecagon – a "16-sided audiovisual panorama" – performed at Whole Foods during the maelstrom of SXSW, fear not. "We're actually discussing the idea of taking Hexadecagon on the road, and we would definitely play Austin again," relates Octopus tentacle Josh Lambert..."
"...The Octopus Project always finds ingenious ways to illustrate its animated instrumentals. The local electronic luminaries flip the script Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, performing original scores written specifically for a series of short films of their choosing..."
"...Best Avant-Garde/Experimental: the Octopus Project..."
"...Most surprising is Grupo Fantasma's nomination for its 2008 LP, Sonidos Gold, in the Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album category. "We feel like the Cinderella story," admits guitarist Adrian Quesada, who rings in the new year at the Parish with Grupo and waxes the Scoot Inn this Saturday in his psych-funk side project, Brownout..."
"...The East Side Drive-In resembled a private planetarium Friday for the Octopus Project's Hexadecagon, a big-tent visual spectacle and pan-stereo experience. The local visionaries performed in the round, surrounded by an eight-channel speaker system, with Yvonne Lambert's theremin serving as the calming eye of the electronic whirlpool..."
"...Local fireworks came courtesy of Explosions in the Sky, who ignited an epic, 53-minute suite from the main stage on Saturday, capped by The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place's "Memorial" and "The Only Moment We Were Alone." Likewise, Okkervil River fired off "The President's Dead," and the Octopus Project launched a few hundred missile balloons skyward to open its Sunday morning set, Yvonne Lambert making her theremin gently weep as the rest of the band colored around its edges with a titillating array of electronics and synthesizers. Electric Touch's brand of Brit-rock could've been clipped from the pages of NME, while Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears took cues from the retro soul revue provided by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings..."
"...One grammatically challenged local electro-pop duo, who remains anonymous due to label conflicts, allegedly licensed a song to Nokia to the tune of $75K. "I don't think that licensing your songs is selling out in any way," says Josh Lambert of the Octopus Project, which licensed "Music Is Happiness" to the show CSI: NY, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, and the film 21..."
"...19) 3) Manu Chao, ACL Fest aftershow, Stubb’s (Sept. 6) 4) Devo, Octopus Project, Moody Theater (Mar..."
"...The spot was directed by local filmmaker Geoff Marslett, who collaborated on the Octopus Project’s kaleidoscopic “Mmkit” animation earlier this year. He also contributed to Slacker 2011, his segment featuring Graham’s father, veteran rocker Jon Dee Graham...."