Posted in music | pictures on March 23, 2010

photos by Bryan Bruchman

The Octopus Project

"The last three months of our lives have been devoted to this night," said Yvonne Lambert, dressed resplendently in a bustier-meets-Wild West parlor dress. She stood behind her keyboard on a circular stage positioned under a giant rectangular tent in the parking lot of Whole Foods. Surrounding her and her three tie-wearing bandmates, collectively an instrumental rock band from Austin called the Octopus Project, were a couple hundred curiosity-seekers gathered last Friday night for show one of a two-show spectacle.

Surrounding them were eight speakers blasting a cacophony of sounds, and above that eight screens transmitting all sorts of psychedelia: rocks piling up in supermarket aisles, animal headshots, cartoon planets, random patterns, the view of a snake slithering through grass, cityscapes, atom signs, pink Grimace-looking figures wearing mirrored masks like those found on the front of astronauts' helmets, and, in the final scene, a pair of girls in matching blond wigs who could have been David Lynch characters.

And surrounding all that, buoying the entire operation with euphoria, was the Octopus Project's music, a glorious waterfall of humming circuitry. You are now in "Hexadecagon," an imaginative example of not only the convergence of music and cinema that's representative of SXSW, but also the free, open-to-the-public scene built around the fringes of official festival showcases, in this case with visual stimulation in the vein of the Merry Pranksters' Acid Tests and auditory aspiration on par with the Flaming Lips' "Zaireeka" album. [IFC]

More pictures from the free Austin show (that happened during SXSW Friday), and some videos, below...

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Comments (42)

a cold, boring store for yuppies hosts cold, boring music for yuppies.. how perfect

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:36 AM

for the love of god, no more sxsw posts please

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:40 AM

looks great.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:47 AM

seems cool. i like it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 3:49 AM

Yeah I bet. Whole foods who killed off many independent and Co op grocery stores and whos owner is a fan of Ayn Rand free market brainwashing "philosophy" and also admitting that many of the foods that are the store brand are not actually organic.

Sounds like cookie cutter american apparel fake psych music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 3:52 AM

dont hate cause you didnt participate

Posted by dm | March 23, 2010 4:26 AM

I like her outfit. It looks very cool but it is not appropiate for a high school girl. They should wear mor formal outfits something like a prom dress or cocktail dress

Posted by prom dresses | March 23, 2010 4:55 AM

Really this is a nice video with excellent video....Ya... I just loved it. Thank you so much for sharing. Keep it up.Keep blogging.

Posted by weight-loss | March 23, 2010 5:12 AM

Its not hate Dm guy, its an honest observation and thats why theres smaller music fests away from sxsw. Also everything about whole foods is a fact.
Theres many other groups and audio visual type groups Id rather see like Negativland or the Residents.

Posted by amquill | March 23, 2010 5:32 AM

This was a free, non-sxsw event.
And it was weirdly intimate and amazing.

Posted by Lamar | March 23, 2010 9:41 AM

Looks fascinating. But the post tells me nothing about how their music sounds.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:25 AM

MORE SXSW, I can't get enough!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:53 AM

I love these pictures! You totally cannot get a sense for how it sounded from youtube clips! the 8 channel stuff sounded awesome & big!

Posted by Beepee | March 23, 2010 11:47 AM

this was the best performance i've ever witnessed. truly magical.

Posted by dave | March 23, 2010 12:14 PM

I'd let her play my theremin any day.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 12:14 PM

Leave it up to a bunch of dumb, ignorant music elitists that only listen to vampire weekend and other hipster bullshit that people think is good when it really just rips off a bunch of other bands. The Octopus Project is one of the most unique musical groups today on many different levels such as composition, originality, performance and musicianship. Dig a little deeper before you talk shit about something you hardly know nothing about...

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 12:46 PM

^
relative of one of the band members.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:11 PM

This looks way cooler than that Animal Collective bullshit at the Guggenheim from a few weeks ago.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 2:41 PM

East coast haters just jealous of our ~*~third coast groove~*~

but seriously the octopus project is fucking fantastic

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 3:07 PM

12:46 They're playing at a Whole Foods, you're argument is invalid.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 4:12 PM

Hey guys our band is playing Whole Foods and...oh god...we are yuppies...

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 4:15 PM

Hey What happened to the salad days of struggling musicians and real actual Co op grocery stores where people are members??

We were all sleeping while the mall chain store crap ripped through NYC and other U.S. cities I guess. It's the Wall Mart for urban goers, but then again its affordable cause they destroyed all competition.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 5:51 PM

If it's yuppie to eat healthy, hang out with grown ups, and listen to totally hip sounds, then I guess I am a yuppie! Yippee for Yuppies!

Posted by Yuppie | March 23, 2010 8:18 PM

octopus project PR rep ^^

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 8:38 PM

"The Octopus Project is one of the most unique musical groups today on many different levels such as composition, originality, performance and musicianship."

because they've been wearing those same stupid outfits since 2005 and the chick plays a theremin? big fucking deal

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 8:40 PM

There are some sour, brooding ennuitards reading this site. I'm curious to see if all the 'anonymous' posts are from one ip adress.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 4:33 PM

Wow, somehow even Whole Foods is getting hate for sponsoring a free, all-ages show during SXSW, the festival people love to hate because of its exclusivity. It's a fucking grocery store.

People sure love to talk shit about shit they don't know shit about.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 5:40 PM

v Unimaginative hater about to post "^ Whole Foods PR Rep"

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 5:44 PM

People sure love to talk shit about shit they don't know shit about.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 5:40 PM


Hummus trucked in from five states away on sale for 2.99.

Meanwhile old buildings that should be something like affordable housing are turned into condos above the 126th new Whole foods and the co ops are disappearing in every city in the U.S.

Hows them shitty apples for ya.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2010 12:41 AM

I love how you can only say glowing comments on these posts! God forbid you have your own opinion and not like this group and have the desire to voice it!! It's soooo obvious that the people that come on here and freak out are the octopus project and their nerd friends!

Posted by erica dale | March 28, 2010 3:28 PM

Yeah I bet. Whole foods who killed off many independent and Co op grocery stores and whos owner is a fan of Ayn Rand free market brainwashing "philosophy" and also admitting that many of the foods that are the store brand are not actually organic.

Sounds like cookie cutter american apparel fake psych music.

Thanks

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Posted by دردشه | September 28, 2010 6:16 AM

foeer this band is the best new music ive ever heard. heard them play way back in early 09 and literally was knocked on my back. have listened to them nonstop since. you are fools for letting this pass you by. these guys will be fresh in my ears as long as i live.


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Posted by شات | October 3, 2010 9:16 PM

Some really great photos here. I'd never even heard of 8-bit music before so thanks for enlightening me! Jim.

will be fresh in my ears as long as i live.


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Posted by مركز تحميل | October 4, 2010 8:16 AM

tee was a real treat for fans watching all those popular bands performing live.
by the way Here is a full for SXSW 2010 if

anyone wants to check it out.
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Posted by بنت الكويت | October 6, 2010 9:40 PM

tee was a real treat for fans watching all those popular bands performing live.
by the way Here is a full for SXSW 2010 if

anyone wants to check it out.

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Posted by شات دردشه | October 9, 2010 12:36 AM

Some really great photos here. I'd never even heard of 8-bit music before so thanks for enlightening me! Jim.

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Posted by شات | October 10, 2010 11:03 PM

f you have an old browswer, the redesign doesn't allow for easy viewing. all text gets shifted to the left and overflows on the green gradient.

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Posted by أضف موقعك | October 10, 2010 11:03 PM

I love how you can only say glowing comments on these posts! God forbid you have your own opinion and not like this group and have the desire to voice it!! It's soooo obvious that the people that come on here and freak out are the octopus project and their nerd friends!

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Posted by منتديات | November 3, 2010 5:06 PM

What's the thing with girl's in some of the photos wearing blond wigs? Is the something Yvonne Lambert used to do?

Posted by Toshi Yoshida | December 8, 2010 8:44 PM

dont hate cause you didnt participate

Posted by anime | April 11, 2011 4:35 PM

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