Markus Popp
Musician, Oval, GER

Oval press shotMarkus Popp’s 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. Popp has continuously refined his instantly recognizable, signature style in numerous musical collaborations. Popp has also worked for / with: Björk, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Apparat, Tortoise, Warren Suicide, Squarepusher, Jim O’Rourke, Pizzicato 5 and Gastr Del Sol.

Newer additions to Popp’s portfolio are audio for film, dance and interactive media. He designed Ovalprocess, (an interactive audio installation platform) which won Prix Ars Electronica, contributed a secret bonus stage to Tetsuya Mitsuguchi’s visionary video game REZ, as well as sound track work for contemporary dance pieces and art house movies and commercials (Armani, Prada, Harmony Korine, Amberley Productions and Masako Tanaka). Through lectures, workshops and presentations, Popp has shared his vision with topics ranging from today’s digital audio workflow and open source to interactive design and video games.

In 2010, the Oh EP and Double-CD O (both on Chicago-based Thrill Jockey Records) opened an exciting new chapter in Popp’s ongoing critical dialogue with music. Popp’s newest work Calidostópia!, supported by Goethe Institutes and cultural foundation of the state of Bahia, is the result of a 10-day studio session with seven young, talented singers from all over South America. In an age of fiddling with frequencies, Markus Popp keeps on reinventing music—merging uncompromising high tech with compelling musicality: distinctly doing his own thing, yet always enthusiastically dealing with the “now”.


Markus appears on the 2013 Face The Music session:
Pioneering Glitch: A Workshop With Markus Popp, Oval (GER)