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94 Diskont

Oval Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B000004B38
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do While
2. Store Check
3. Line Extension
4. Cross Selling
5. Commerce Server
6. Shop In Store
7. Do While

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars... 1 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I cannot give this album 5 stars because there are no beats, and beats are generally the deciding factor on how I judge a piece of music - especially in hip hop - which is basically of 95% of what I listen to.

But this album is something special because it sounds like nothing else out there. You could make a comparison to early Aphex Twin (especially Ambient Works 2), but that doesn't really do it justice. I read somewhere that all Oval's music is made by recording the sound of 100 broken CD players skipping and sampling the best bits...if you hear this you will realise that is not such a ridiculous suggestion...it does actually sound like that! It manages to be minimal and yet somehow envelops you with sound...the final track is just a 4 second loop of ambient noise repeated for 24 minutes. How can that possibly be good? Somehow it manages to be compelling from beginning to end.

This album really made an impression on me when I bought it, and is too good to ignore.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it!! 13 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
The best experimental CD of the 90's.
Generative music made by German Marcus Poop and catch by Giorgio Armani for a classic black and white perfume add.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 94 Diskont 31 Oct 2004
By Mike Newmark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
94 Diskont arguably did for music what Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon did for art: contributed to artist evolution using the established traditions of the medium and smashing it all to pieces. In an era when most musicians reach decades back to rummage through the classics vaults for inspiration, 94 Diskont comes off as a refreshingly forward-thinking album that doesn't quite abandon the electronic music of yesteryear, but rather turns it on its head in previously unimaginable ways. Oval's method of making music involves manually marring compact discs (with paint, magic marker, nails...) and piecing the damaged sounds together so that the resultant outcome is a dizzying sonic stew of clicks, scratches, and fragmented melodies. His previous album, Systemisch, was a fine work of electronic minimalism, but on 94 Diskont those shards have coalesced into actual songs with increased depth and complexity.

What's so remarkable about 94 Diskont is that pure technical and theoretical innovation is here used to create something that's both intriguing and beautiful (as opposed to the pop culture-driven skipping frenzies of John Oswald). "Do While" is the album's centerpiece track: a thick, meditative piece that doesn't grow weary over its ambitious 24 minutes. Shimmering bells crackle over a hazy, four-note organ drone-the musical equivalent of sleepless exhaustion or swimming through tranquil water. Other standout tracks include the bottom-heavy, menacing "Commerce Server" and "Shop in Store," whose manic, stuttering wails bring to mind a warped superhero theme.

Uncompromising though it may be, 94 Diskont reveals itself to be more accessible with subsequent listens; the warm, gooey textures of "Do While" and "Cross Selling" effortlessly pull the listener in, and even the colder songs are stunningly provocative. If the album is difficult in its scope and methodology, it's also one that reveals no influences and takes many risks, augmented by a keen sense of melody and songcraft. If ever a case had to be made that an odd musical approach can be aesthetically enjoyable, or that an album can transform into something far greater than the sum of its parts, 94 Diskont may be all the proof you need.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty with jitter... 4 April 2000
By DAC Crowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Oval's music is often the result of extreme deconstruction of other musical works. And on this release, the 24-minute showpiece "Do While" is no exception, taking a snippet of Steve Reich's "The Four Sections" and subjecting it to a bewildering computer/sampler-based de-and-reconstructive effort which renders the original source into a swirling, almost Balinese tapestry of bell fragments. This one track is definitely the draw here, but the shorter tracks also offer a good view into Oval's herky-jerky 'damaged CD' sound, with frequent dissonances in evidence. This is probably the best introduction to Oval for the casual listener, and it's an amazing straddling act, balanced on the corner of three fences between ambient, techno, and New Music. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes any of those styles, and especially for someone who can wrap their head around two or all three.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars looping electric minimalist beautiful stuff 28 Oct 1999
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I heard the track "commerce server" on KCMU, I knew I had to own it. Diskont reminds me of Eno's ambient works, updated to 90s electronica, after a quad espresso, made of metal. Part Cage, part Reich. Ive come to expect that only 1 in 5 CDs I buy will be truly interesting and wonderful. For me, this is that 5th CD. It resonates in my head well after I take the headphones off.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mellow atmospherics 19 Oct 2002
By Justin Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a good Oval album. For those that are new to Oval it is a good introduction and preview to his later works. The main track and A side on the record is a very long, very repetitive track with clicks and atmospheric synth sounds entitled "do while". Its enjoyable. This music calls to mind post modern nights in some international club. As the track suggests, you should do something while listening to this, as it is heavy on atmospherics, the perfect background for a mellow Saturday evening or music to listen to while surfing the web. Though I am not sure about the cd, the record version contains 4 remixes by excellent artists: Scanner, Christian Vogel, Jim O'Rourke, Mouse on Mars. Buy this record if you are looking to get into Oval, or, if you have already, buy it to round out your collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away! 11 Dec 2003
By Rinchen Choesang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
How can something so fractured and disjointed be so darned mesmerising? This is music to really listen to and immerse yourself in. Sounds wonderful with headphones - real sound painting experience for the head!
"Do While" just keeps on at you, for 24 minutes, seemingly monotonous, but sneakily interlacing irregular beats with insinuatingly jangly bits and pieces of distorted sound-world-spaces. Almost teasing, with its determination to suck you into its warped world view. Gimme more!
A month on, this CD is still getting a lot of airtime. It never ceases to amaze me how "Do While" does not waste one second of its 24-odd minutes and the follow-up tracks are strong enough to hold interest through the other 27 minutes of this fabulous glitch-journey.
The other stand-out track, and by far the edgiest is "Shop In Store" and it is a great lead-in to the 4m 50s of the "Do While" reprise that brings this amazing album to a close, which elicits a sense of diappointment the journey is over!
If you like quirky electronica, this is a CD for your collection.
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