“O”, Oval’s striking new 70-track double-CD (and double-LP) is the follow up to the "Oh" EP by electronic pioneer, Markus Popp.
2xCD version comes packaged in a mini-LP style gatefold jacket available in three different colors and features 20 tracks on Disc 1 and 50 tracks on Disc 2
2xLP version comes in a gatefold jacket available in four different colors and features the 20 tracks from CD1 spread out over Sides A-C. Side D features 6 vinyl-only tracks. Also included is a download coupon for all vinyl tracks + the 50 tracks from CD2 for 76 tracks total!
Popp, who lives and works in Berlin, took some time between his last release under the moniker SO and the "Oh" EP because he wanted the new material to be a radical departure from his old concepts and methods on all levels, to essentially be a second "debut" album. For "O" Popp's creative process shares nothing with his creative process for prior Oval albums. Previously, Popp focused on the creation of the programs that would process sound and effectively create the music. As a musician, Popp's process was more theoretical in nature. Creating the platform and knowing what that platform could and should do to the sound sources. He selected the sound sources and then turned it over to the platform. For ”O”, Popp uses an instrument that is very common, a stock PC outfitted with stock sounds and plugins. He no longer uses or creates a custom platform, but instead utilizes a readily available instrument. What he has done with this instrument highlights Popp's, perhaps for the first time, musicianship. Popp spent years woodshedding with his instrument and worked diligently to push the instrument beyond its normal sonic boundaries.
What is striking to note is that while the sound sources, and the process versus musician aspect of the music could not be more different, the resulting music shares qualities with the music that came befo....... więcej