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Introducing the Octopus Project's Exquisite Corpse
The Austin Motion Artists Group frankensteins up a new music video
Screens Story  January 17, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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 Project Reviewed
Music Review  October 5, 2007, by Darcie Stevens
"...The Octopus ProjectHello, Avalanche (Peek-a-Boo)..."

My Gear: The Octopus Project
Electro experimentalists swear they subscribe to less-is-more despite their density of gear
Music Story  January 18, 2018, by David Brendan Hall
"...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..."

New Albums for Octopus Project and Okkervil River
Popular indie hypnotists tease upcoming LPs
DAILY Music  June 10, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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...."

Inside the Octopus’ Garden
A closer look at the Octopus Project's Hexadecagon.
DAILY Music  March 19, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...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...."

Divya Srinivasan Is Living
the Dream of Art

The multimedia creator's work wakes a world's imagination
Screens Story  January 18, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And is that where Srinivasan learned the multimedia skills she's used in her personal and high-profile projects?..."

The Zellners' Beautiful Dreamer
The Zellner brothers mine urban legend in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Screens Story  March 26, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Austin's Zellner brothers make a wry heartbreaker
Film Review  March 27, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Cover Up: The Fun Fun Fun Fest Files
Front page stars of the 'Chronicle,' from Black Angels to Ume
DAILY Music  July 14, 2012
"...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..."

The Difference Engine
Local composer Graham Reynolds discusses his two new discs.
DAILY Music  January 27, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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...."

The Sound of the City
Celebrating the release of 'Austin Music Vol. 10'
DAILY Music  February 23, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...* Tee Double & James Speer “Set the Tone” 14. The Octopus Project “I Saw the Bright Shinies” * Appearing tonight at the Parish..."

Off the Record
Back in the saddle at the Phoenix Saloon, Woxy pulls the plug, and the latest on the Cactus Cafe
Music Column  April 2, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

Off the Record
Paying tribute to the Texas Tornado, working out at the Music Gym, and Trail of Dead's Justice for all
Music Column  February 20, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

Off the Record
Grupo Fantasma gets a Grammy nod, a tribute to the Cactus Cafe's Griff Luneburg, and tripping daisies with Woozyhelmet
Music Column  December 12, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

Off the Record
Adventures with Charlie (Faye) and Up Close with Eric Johnson
Music Column  December 10, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

Off the Record
Better to burn than fade away: a recap of Lollapalooza 2008
Music Column  August 8, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

Off the Record
Local bands get licensed to ill, Marked Men prove lo-fi is all the rage, and Explosions in the Sky curate All Tomorrow's Parties
Music Column  May 16, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

David and Nathan Zellner Deconstruct the Cowboy Myth in Damsel
Two of Austin’s most quirky filmmakers venture west
Screens Story  June 21, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The combination of intimate and epic appeals to the siblings, and their increasing reputation allows them to paint on ever-grander canvases. "I want to keep building up to bigger and bigger projects," said David..."

Best of the Rest II: Live Shows
Six last 2011 lists – from the live arena
DAILY Music  January 10, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...19) 3) Manu Chao, ACL Fest aftershow, Stubb’s (Sept. 6) 4) Devo, Octopus Project, Moody Theater (Mar..."

Video Premiere: The Painted Redstarts
‘Curtains Wide’ evokes a classic ‘120 Minutes’ spot
DAILY Music  August 4, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

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