Where others hear defects, Oval hear potential. Creating music from sampling and manipulating the skipping sounds of intentionally damaged CDs, the Berlin-based Oval (a.k.a. Markus Popp, also of Microstoria) turn the resulting clicking and crackling into the jittery electronic pulse of his ambient soundscapes. While some of Oval's earlier albums have used soothing patterns that displayed an affinity for the music of Steve Reich and Brian Eno, Ovalprocess explores more extreme frequencies and timbres that often sound like an uncensored three-way conversation between a phone, a modem, and R2D2. But for all of the distorted digital burn throughout Ovalprocess's 11 unnamed tracks, the disc retains a luminous quality, without falling into rote repetition or new-age pleasantries. Working in similar territory as other German experimental techno artists such as Pole or Mouse on Mars, Oval create an enchanting and hypnotizing world that is literally buzzing with the possibilities of a digital music future.