Oval ‎– Systemisch

Thrill Jockey ‎– thrill 032
CD, Album


1 Textuell 7:23
2 Aero Deck 4:33
3 The Politics Of Digital Audio 5:21
4 Schöner Wissen 5:19
5 Catchy Daad 6:14
6 Mediaton 4:22
7 Tonregie 5:05
8 Oval Office 5:08
9 Compact Disc 6:35
10 Post-Post 4:51
11 Gabba Nation 5:04

Companies, etc.


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 36172 87322 7
  • Matrix / Runout: DADR 0RXR1<241>THRILL032CD
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8149
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8103

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MP CD 9 Oval Systemisch(CD, Album) Mille Plateaux MP CD 9 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
thrill 032 Oval Systemisch(2xLP, Album, RP, Cle) Thrill Jockey thrill 032 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
none Oval Systemisch(2xLP, Album, W/Lbl) Mille Plateaux none Germany 1994 Sell This Version
MP LP 9, MP 9, EFA 00659-6 Oval Systemisch(2xLP, Album) Mille Plateaux, Mille Plateaux, EFA MP LP 9, MP 9, EFA 00659-6 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
thrill 032 Oval Systemisch(2xLP, Album, Cle) Thrill Jockey thrill 032 US 1996 Sell This Version



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February 13, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

The problem with the German language (and its philosophical tradition... I'm looking at you, Immanuel Kant) is that it's too easy to wax philosophical about art and to make more complicated what can be described as base instinct. Oval's "manifesto" can be summed up in the following way: "We experiment computers and technology in creating sound and we are going to publish what we like."

In spite of what I just said, what's ultimately appealing about Oval is both the means and the ends of technological experimentation. This album reflects an interest in taking what we would normally consider a "defect" (CD skipping, faulty wiring in the speakers, etc.) and turn it into something musical. In a way, they are a continuation of the musique concrete school of Varese but now it's Macintosh computers instead of reel-to-reel tape machines.

Regardless of Oval calls it, there is something musical about the end results and it's something that I think is forgotten right about the time we hit Ovalcommers. It is sonically harsh at times but not abrasive (like the aforementioned later release). In fact, if you listen to it enough times, you may not react so violent the next time your favourite CD skips. (I've even made a joke of it: every instance of a CD skip, I call it the "Oval remix"). Plus there are interesting appearances of Oval from the obscure (Julien Donkey-Boy) to the bizarre (a male cologne commercial).

So while you may dismiss their "manifesto" as philosophical wankery and the music as mere technological wankery, there is something to it that you can't help but be entranced, or at least aware of different possibilities of hearing and perceiving music.