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Album Review

Following hot on the heels of Ovalprocess, this second full album of experimental electronics using Markus Popp's special compositional software ("process") is a more difficult record to love. Packed with even more digital noise to obscure the occasional melodic elements, Ovalcommers is one of the noisier works in the Oval catalog — and that's saying a lot. As on Ovalprocess, the countless bits of manufactured sound do come together occasionally to produce something special, as on the fourth track (all are untitled). If Ovalprocess was the complete performance, Ovalcommers sounds more like the symphony of computers tuning up.


Formed: 1993

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a group that, through attrition, developed into a solo outlet for founding member Markus Popp, Oval were perhaps known more for how they made their music than for the music itself. Their intriguing update of some elements of avant-garde composition, in combination with techniques of digital sound design, resulted in some of the most original, if somewhat challenging, electronic music of the 1990s. After Oval helped establish glitch as a distinct style -- as exemplified by Mille Plateaux's...
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