Oval
94 Diskont


5.0
classic

Review

by Flagran12 USER (2 Reviews)
June 16th, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lo-fi glitch, either made by a genius or a monkey.

Electronic music, unlike almost all other genres of music, is virtually unfettered by instrumental limitations. For this reason, experimentation can diverge so far from the mainstream that it can hardly sound like music. The masters of glitch, Oval, have often seen their career veer down this path, as some of their records are only listenable from a purely academic standpoint. With 94 Diskont, however, the group took a detour producing a highly influential record of great beauty.

Some people may argue that a piece of art should be able to stand alone and require no context to fully appreciate. This, in my opinion, cannot be done with 94 Diskont. If Oval were to provide a mission statement for their work, it would surely be about their commitment to reinventing the process of making music (hence the name of their later album and music software, Ovalprocess). To construct many of the songs, recordings were scratched, warped, and mutilated, then replayed and rerecorded. The results are electrifying.

The opening track (and the first half of the album) is Do While. The piece, clocking in at just over twenty-four minutes, is a loop of three notes from a bell and three ascending notes from an organ. A shimmering percussive noise dances behind this simple melody. The song evolves slowly with time, each loop slightly different from the last. Its distorted and warm texture makes the song particularly emotive. If the drone of Do While does not kill you, repeated listens of the track reveal subtle intricacies that make it a masterpiece.

The remainder of the album draws heavily on Oval’s “click’s and cuts” style. In each of the songs, it sounds as if a recording was chopped up into pieces only to be crudely pasted back together. The glue that binds these sound bites is a soft and steady clicking. This technique is showcased best on Shop In Store. The song alternates between lilting violin and keyboard parts, each driven by the familiar click, click, clicking beat. These songs bear a similar aesthetic to the album’s opener, but in a less subdued sense.

Whether or not you can tolerate 94 Diskont’s unorthodox sound, it is hard not to see its influence on music since its production. Though few artists would categorize their music as pure, unadulterated glitch, the genre’s influence can now be heard in electronica, dance, and even on the outskirts of pop music. This album will always remain a classic because of its originality and timelessness.


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JustJoe
June 15th 2012


1399 Comments


Finally, someone man's up, & writes this review.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2012


4507 Comments


Such a great album

CaptainDooRight
June 15th 2012


29948 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's some interesting ideas on this but the overwhelming uneffective redundancy is a turn off. Maybe a 3 rating.

Digging: Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


gud albm, the rec section is weird tho

BaldoBarzini
June 16th 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listened to the album... similar to atonal music, this is something that the majority of listeners
will not get; favorite song: "Do While" or "shop in the store"-although it's unique, the majority of
their songs like Do While repeat a motive over and over with slight alterations which seems really
cheap in my opinion. For that I tend to lean on the left side of the chart.

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


look up "minimalism" then try commenting again

DeafMetal
June 16th 2012


8588 Comments


ahahahah

Digging: Ja Rule - Pain Is Love

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


minimalism is such a cop out h8 this trend

Pentagon
June 16th 2012


1998 Comments


Sounds like something Id enjoy, Ill check this out. Btw good first review

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


theres better glitch out there but yea its gd

eternium
June 16th 2012


16338 Comments


Good but drags a bit.

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


oh look, a post-metal lovin faggot complains about dragging in a minimalistic and experimental albm





whose alt r u, no ones this retarded

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


i remember him complaining about sunno))) or some shit too, srsly this retardation is reaching hawks level. i wonder what hed say if he listened to a basinski albm





umm starts out good but wheres the climax bro

eternium
June 16th 2012


16338 Comments


lol okay

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


i mean u def like it (coz u no, u like everything. tools do that alot) but the flaws u choose to look for in albums like these are lol

eternium
June 16th 2012


16338 Comments


I need more true ambient anyway so I downloaded William.

MyWife
June 16th 2012


367 Comments


yea he drags u might as well give him a solid 3.5 and move on to some isis bootleg

eternium
June 16th 2012


16338 Comments


We'll see.

macadoolahicky
June 17th 2012


1835 Comments


I take it this is good?!

TheFonz123
June 21st 2012


2795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, jaw dropping album



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