Search - Oval :: Systemisch

Systemisch
Oval
Systemisch
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1

A side project featuring members of Cologne, Germany's Mouse on Mars, and Rome, Oval is a distinctive recipe of CD-scratched rhythms, obfuscated sample collages, and endless, cyclical structures. Suggesting vintage musique...  more »

      
?

Larger Image
Listen to Samples

CD Details

All Artists: Oval
Title: Systemisch
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Thrill Jockey
Original Release Date: 6/18/1996
Re-Release Date: 6/25/1996
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, IDM, Techno, Indie & Lo-Fi, Experimental Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 036172873227, 036172873210, 790377003222

Synopsis

Amazon.com
A side project featuring members of Cologne, Germany's Mouse on Mars, and Rome, Oval is a distinctive recipe of CD-scratched rhythms, obfuscated sample collages, and endless, cyclical structures. Suggesting vintage musique concréte, the French IRCAM collective, Krautrock progenitors like Neu and Kraftwerk, and what you imagine your computer might do if left to its own devices, Systemisch is both amazingly boring and incredibly fascinating; the aural equivalent to a Chuck Close tableau or the architectural sculptures of minimalist Sol LeWitt. Utterly impersonal, devoid of musical gesture, and downright John Cage-ian in its unspoken declaration of nonauthorship, it's the kind of music that plays with your programming; where are we, what and who is this, and, darnit, why? --James Rotondi

Similar CDs


Similarly Requested CDs

 

CD Reviews

Actually...
01/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"the only reason i am writing this review is to point out the factual errors in the editorial review. this is NOT a side-project of mouse on mars. as a matter of fact, the only thing that this cd or oval has to do with mouse on mars is that they're on the same label. what the EDITOR was reffering to is a side-project called microstoria, which IS a side-project of mouse on mars AND oval. to summarize; oval is one guy, markus popp. mouse on mars is 2 guys, jan st. werner and andy toma."
This is a great disc
jabreel | Houston, TX | 02/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Oval reveals the seams of the digital medium that they use to make and distribute their music. They have taken the often unfortunate and undesirable phenomenon of a CD scratch and subverted it to create strange and beautiful soundscapes. Oval manages to turn the CD scratch, often a sharp and alarming event, into something subtle that recedes into an ecology of syncopation and tones. Their imagination blends organic transformation with electronic refuse and leaves us with what amounts to an imaginative contribution to contemporary music. A great disc I would reccomend to anyone."
The Politics of Digital Audio
DAC Crowell | 04/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"...that's a title on "Systemisch", and it fits as a title for this review. Oval's work generally concerns itself with deconstructed digital sound, and on this full-length effort, the trio deconstructs with a vengeance. Constantly tick-a-tick-a-tick-a-ticking along with a sound often not unlike a severe CD player malfunction, the often-tense content here falls into a strange gap between ambient and New Music, providing a rickety post-technoid sound that is both infectious and irritating. In fact, that's where the missing star on this review went; the 'CD-damage' sound here gets a little wearing when it's drawn out across the entire length of the CD. Still, this is important stuff, although I would suggest dipping your toes into Oval's datastream first with "Diskont" and "Dok" before encountering this somewhat-overwhelming effort."