The Octopus Project

The Octopus Project
The Octopus Project

The Octopus Project (Yvonne Lambert, Toto Miranda, Kevin Adickes featured)
Background information
Origin Austin, Texas, USA
Genres Experimental
Indie pop
Years active 1999–present
Labels Peek-A-Boo Records
Website Official website
Josh Lambert
Toto Miranda
Yvonne Lambert
Ryan Figg

The Octopus Project is an American indietronica band based in Austin, Texas, active since 1999. Its unique sound, blending pop and experimental elements, is a combination of digital and electronic sounds and noises (including drum machine, keyboard, synthesizers and other devices) and analog equipment (including guitars and live drums). Its music is mostly instrumental.

On April 30, 2006, the band played the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. They were offered the opportunity after a fan, unbeknownst to the band, entered them in a contest held by the festival on MySpace in which voters were to "nominate their favorite band for an open slot at the festival".[1][2] In 2007, the Octopus Project supported underground hip-hop star Aesop Rock on his national tour, and in July 2009, The Octopus Project performed in Chicago at Lollapalooza.[3]

For their performance at the South by Southwest festival in their hometown in March 2010, the band put together a multi-media show which involved them performing material from what was to be their upcoming release, Hexadecagon. The band performed surrounded by 8 speakers, while 8 projectors projected videos corresponding to the music on tent ceilings above the stage and the audience.[4] Later that same year, The Octopus Project played at Moogfest 2010 in Asheville, North Carolina. They were scheduled to play just prior to Devo's headlining set. Three days prior to the concert, Devo's guitarist, Bob Mothersbaugh, severely injured his hand and was unable to play. Since the band was receiving a Moog Innovation Award at the festival, and because they didn't want to disappoint their fans, the remaining two members of Devo enlisted the help of The Octopus Project, and together the two bands performed the Devo songs "Girl U Want" and "Beautiful World."[5]



All members are known to switch instruments live (for instance, Josh Lambert playing drums while Toto Miranda plays guitar, or Yvonne Lambert playing guitar while Josh Lambert operates the electronics), but each member can be said to play a primary instrument.

  • Josh Lambert: guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Toto Miranda: drums, guitar, bass
  • Yvonne Lambert: samplers, keyboards, theremin, glockenspiel, guitar
  • Ryan Figg: guitar, bass, keyboards


Ryan Figg and Josh Lambert exchange guitars in the midst of a song in San Francisco, August 2008.


Splits, remixes, singles and EPs

  • Christmas on Mars (EP, Soda Pop Productions, 1999)
  • Black Octopus Lipstick Project Foam Party (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2004)
  • The House of Apples and Eyeballs (Collaboration with Black Moth Super Rainbow, Graveface Records, 2006)
  • Wet Gold/Moon Boil (7" Peek-a-Boo records, 2007)
  • Golden Beds (EP, Peek-A-Boo Records, 2009)

See also


  1. ^ Womack, Andrew (April 18, 2006). Coachella, MySpace & the Octopus Project. The Morning News. .
  2. ^ Llewellyn, Kati (March 22, 2006). "The Octopus Project Tour to Coachella". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  3. ^ | Jim DeRogatis, "The Octopus Project: Eight Arms (and a Theremin) To Love You," Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 2009
  4. ^ Hoinski, "In the Octopus Project's Garden,", Mar 2010
  5. ^ | John Pareles, "Honoring the Moment When Music Met Moog," New York Times, Nov 2010

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