The Octopus Project has been releasing joyous party music since 2002, following a musical path that veers through blown-out rock’n’roll, vibrant electronics, surreal pop and expansive psych landscapes. Based in Austin, TX, the group of multi-instrumentalists has released six studio albums, starting with 2002s Identification Parade. Touring clubs and festivals worldwide (Lollapalooza, Coachella, All Tomorrow's Parties) both on their own and as handpicked support for artists as diverse as DEVO and Aesop Rock, theyve earned a reputation for explosive live shows and immersive audio-visual experiments.
Also active as composers for video games and film, they were awarded the Special Jury Award for Musical Score at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for their work on the film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.
Their most recent scoring work includes 2018s Damsel (starring Robert Pattinson, dir. by Zellner Bros.), 2021's The Disappearance of Toby Blackwood (dir. by Joe Ahern) & the upcoming Reading Rainbow documentary, Butterfly In the Sky (starring LeVar Burton, dir. by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb), premiering at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.
Some praise for Damsel:
"A marvelously weird score by the Octopus Project...
New York Times
...a balmy, brilliant score by The Octopus Project...
Consequence of Sound
...gorgeous Utah landscapes bleed into surreal visions geared to throw you off balance, just like the ethereal, electronic score from the Octopus Project.
"The real heart of the movie is the unearthly score from electronica band The Octopus Project.
Identification Parade (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2002)
One Ten Hundred Thousand Million (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2005)
The House of Apples & Eyeballs with Black Moth Super Rainbow
Hello, Avalanche (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2007)
Hexadecagon (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2010)
Fever Forms (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2013)
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter OST (Robot High School, 2015)
Memory Mirror LP/CD/Cassette (Robot High School, 2017)
Hello, Avalanche 11th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2018)
Damsel OST (Milan Records, 2018)
Butterfly In the Sky OST (Earth Libraries, 2022)
Singles & EPs
Christmas on Mars CD EP (Soda Pop Productions, 1999)
Black Octopus Lipstick Project Foam Party CD EP
(Peek-A-Boo Records, 2004)
"Wet Gold" / "Moon Boil" 7" (Too Pure Recordings, 2008)
Golden Beds CD EP (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2009)
Whitby EP (Peek-a-Boo Records, 2012)
Sharpteeth 7" (Peek-a-Boo Records, 2013)
KID-THING (directed by Zellner Bros. 2012)
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (directed by Zellner Bros. 2014)
FRANKENFOODS (Karakasa Games 2015)
THUNDERBEAM (Karakasa Games 2017)
DAMSEL (directed by Zellner Bros. 2018)
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOBY BLACKWOOD (directed by Joe Ahern 2021)
BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY (directed by Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb 2022)