Markus Popp’s now legendary early album releases sent shockwaves through the “electronica” landscape in the late 1990’s—introducing a unique, new sound and digital production aesthetic. With an undeniable instinct for the pleasantly irritating, the drastic and the dreamy, Popp pioneered “glitch” and “clicks & cuts”, inspiring and provoking an entire generation of musicians to this day.
After a long hiatus, Oval is back, changing the game all over again with a new, groundbreaking “hyperreal” style and no less than 150+ compelling tracks, spanning two EPs (Oh EP and Oval/Liturgy split EP), two double CDs/DVDs (O and OvalDNA) as well as a brand new, surprise collaboration album (Calidostópia!)—proving him as one of the prolific and influential forces in contemporary electronic music, a true visionary of digital audio and beyond.
Popp has continuously refined his instantly recognizable, signature style in numerous musical collaborations, most notably with the long-running projects MICROSTORIA (duo with Mouse On Mars’ Jan St. Werner) and SO (with Japanese songwriter extraordinaire Eriko Toyoda). Popp has also worked for/with: Björk, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Apparat, Tortoise, Mouse on Mars, Warren Suicide, Squarepusher, Jim O’Rourke, Pizzicato 5, Gastr Del Sol etc.
During FAQ Festival Oval will perform a special 8 channel piece on the acousmonium of Musique & Recherche.