Download: Oval - 'Ah'

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Gavin Riley

20th May 2010
At 13:18 GMT

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Everything that Thrill Jockey put out these days is pure gold.

Their latest offering is a record from a project they've been working with since the 90's. It's Markus Popp's first "Oval" release after nearly ten years of silence, and it's a departure from the previous Oval sound. Indeed Popp is taking this opportunity to take a completely different approach to his work.

Popp states that the forthcoming EP (titled 'Oh') and a not too distant double album are an attempt at breaking new ground, just as "Systemisch" single-handedly created the glitch movement back in the 90s, which continues to provoke and inspire many music producers all over the world to this day.

The most important paradigm for the new sound was that everything should be done the exact opposite way from how it was done in the past. Popp exclusively used (cheap) commercially available software and plug-ins instead of programming his own. He utilized one (four years old at that) $500 stock PC instead of several high-end Macs. All the virtual instruments are played with his own hands.

Popp remarks that "after years of dissection and denial I wanted to try making 'real' music for a change. The design goals for the short side B tracks were to attain the sense of a familiar sound and 'ringtone'. While it took me years to get the tech aspect down, the tracks themselves are pretty much recorded live and from here, I am very much looking forward to evolving this setup like a real band."

The title of the track we have to give away is called 'Ah' - he seems to like minimalistic titles too, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The EP Oh is out in June via Thrill Jockey. The cover shown above, was designed by French artist CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot who is currently showing his bird installation at The Barbican.

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Oval - Ah!

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