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Init Ding
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Domestic issue of the first Microstoria album, as originally issued on the Mille Plateaux label in Germany. "Microstoria is a collaboration between Markus Popp (Oval) and Jan St. Werner (Mouse On Mars). The resulting music is an electronic soundtrack, not without structure, not without melody. 'The instruments' used are what could be seen as their successors -- machines and digital technology. Where Oval excludes authorship of music, Microstoria explores authorship, especially in relation to improvisation. The tones used in composition are mechanized, yet paradoxically rich. The resulting pieces are organic in feel, a striking result when viewed in context with their origins. Once, instruments were physical entities, connecting the creative individual through tuition and technical skill to the almost metaphysical world of music. The distinction between computing device and 'musical instrument' was increasingly blurred since the 1950s; however, it left the composer in charge of his/her machinery. More recently in the 1990s things have merged into one. Computer-based (formerly 'programmable' or 'computer controlled') authoring environment -- still fully capable of hosting the residual 'old' music media as well as its terminology. The transition from the 50's perspective to the 90's put an already well introduced component of music production newly into focus: software rendering the composer the designer. Atavistic concepts like an instrument end up as a tutorial vocabulary, or in other words a helpful software metaphor. Microstoria has goals and tasks for the near future: music as organized acoustics and music as software."