94 Diskont

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94 Diskont
Studio album by Oval
Released Europe 1995
United States October 1996
Genre Electronica, microsound, glitch
Length 51:56
Label Thrill Jockey United States
Mille Plateaux European Union
Oval chronology
94 Diskont
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

94 Diskont is an album by the experimental electronic music group Oval. The vinyl version of the album comes with a remix LP that contains remixes by Mouse on Mars, Scanner, Cristian Vogel, and Jim O'Rourke.[2] It was released in 1995 (see 1995 in music) by Mille Plateaux in Europe and in 1996 by Thrill Jockey in the United States.

Oval received both praise and controversy for its styling methods, such as literally deconstructing music and digital audio by using exacto knives, paint, and tape to damage the surfaces of compact discs, only to stitch the sound back together in loops of melody punctuated by the disc's physical skips.[3]

94diskont was released as a companion piece with Oval's previous album, Systemisch. The album centers on "Do While," a 24-minute track originally composed for the group's 8-channel, 128-speaker modular sound installation named Wohnton (translates into home tone) in a stereo mixdown. The installation was shown throughout Europe between 1994 and 1996 on various occasions, ranging from art exhibitions to techno raves.[2]

Reviews and influence[edit]

At the time of 94 Diskont's release, The Wire placed the album at No. 5 on its 1995 of top albums of the year.[4]

Allmusic awarded the album five stars and stated, "94 Diskont is undoubtedly a standout in the field of electronically advanced, glitch-heavy music."[5]

In a 2003 feature, the webzine Pitchfork Media placed 94 Diskont at No. 47 on its top-100 albums of the 1990s list. Mark Richardson of Pitchfork declared,

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Do While"   24:04
2. "Store Check"   3:58
3. "Line Extension"   3:02
4. "Cross Selling"   6:06
5. "Commerce Server"   4:56
6. "Shop in Store"   4:00
7. "Do While X"   4:50

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Tausig, Ben (2011). "94 Diskont – Oval | AllMusic". allmusic. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Cameron Macdonald. "Thrill Jockey Records: Oval: 94 Diskont". Thrill Jockey. Retrieved 18 Feb 2011. 
  3. ^ Cameron Macdonald. "Oval: Do While". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 December 2006. Retrieved 23 November 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Top 50 records of 1995". The Wire. Retrieved 18 Feb 2011. 
  5. ^ Ben Tausig. "94 Diskont review". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 Feb 2011. 
  6. ^ Mark Richardson. "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s list". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved Feb 18, 2011.