Ben Williams

  • Oval

    In today’s postrave, postalternative, posteverything global music scene, anonymity has become a virtual prerequisite for success. DJs are Spooky and Shadow-like, rappers are Tricky, junglists produce under various monikers. Germany’s OVAL have made all the right obscurantist moves to assure themselves of digital hipness: the hard-to-find CDs, the disposable minimalist chic of their cardboard packaging, the garbled poststructuralist theory. Their recording methods raise familiar issues involving the connections among authorship, ownership, and linearity in the digital age, and their particular