Oval

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From his music alone, Oval's Markus Popp always seemed the most professorial of the experimental techno crowd in the '90s, but he left the academy, so to speak, with barely a backward glance, early in the 2000s. In that light, his return in 2010 with an EP (Oh) and the LP O are most welcome. His methods have changed remarkably, although the results haven't. Where he used custom gear in the past, he's traded it in for off-the-shelf processing software. Technology must have caught up with him, though, since he's easily able to conjure the sound of Oval -- warm drones and string plucks that are sliced and diced with the cold rigor that Buñuel and Dalí applied to an Andalusian eyeball. The big difference on this two-disc set, however, is the occasional, recognizable drum pattern, mostly snare strikes or cymbal crashes, that give the rest of the music a wider dynamic range. The first disc is a 20-track monolith of bucolic digitalia, much like Popp's earlier landmarks 94Diskont and Systemische. The second disc, however, includes 50 tracks of what Popp refers to as ringtones -- "concise, highly detailed pieces that are a conscious nod to the culture of instant gratification."

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:29 Spotify
2 1:11 Spotify
3
0:57 Spotify
4 1:27 Spotify
5 1:28 Spotify
6 0:35 Spotify
7 1:21 Spotify
8 1:20 Spotify
9 0:47 Spotify
10 1:21 Spotify
11 1:20 Spotify
12 1:04 Spotify
13 0:31 Spotify
14 2:15 Spotify
15 0:32 Spotify
16 1:05 Spotify
17 0:43 Spotify
18 0:45 Spotify
19 1:03 Spotify
20 1:08 Spotify
21 0:58 Spotify
22 0:35 Spotify
23 0:58 Spotify
24 1:31 Spotify
25 0:36 Spotify
26 1:05 Spotify
27 1:03 Spotify
28 1:06 Spotify
29 1:10 Spotify
30 1:22 Spotify
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