Oneohtrix Point Never’s Quest to Make Music That Freaks People Out

“Every song is an opportunity to freak somebody out,” Mr. Lopatin said during an interview in one of Empac’s conference rooms while his band got set up.

“Generally my response to seeing something really symmetrical and perfect is … it’s the scene with Jack Nicholson’s Joker in the first ‘Batman,’ the museum scene,” Mr. Lopatin said. “Him just spray-painting the Mona Lisa, and whatever, with his goons. It is really the most satisfying thing you could do, is to just put a little scratch in something that thinks it — that has the arrogance of knowing what it is. But it is sort of funny that I just do that over and over. It’s very bratty.”

At the same time, he added, “It also works well in the inverse. I also like to take chaos and structure it so it has a kind of comprehensible pulsation.”