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Thrill Jockey
thrill 031 - 1995

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 excudes 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 feal, a striking result when viewed in context with their origions.

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 a \"musical instrument\" was increasingly blurred since the 1950\'s; however, it left the composer in charge of his/her machinery. More recently in the 1990\'s 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. Atavisitic concepts like an instrument end up as a tutorial vocabulary, or in other words a helpful software metaphore. Microstoria has goals and tasks for the near future: music as organized acoustic and music as software.