Microstoria is a side project of Oval's Markus Popp and Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars. The group debuted with two albums on Mille Plateaux and Thrill Jockey. This project is the encounter of two pioneers of what is now called "glitch music". The engaging techno-exotica of St. Werner and the very abstract sound scapes of Oval come together to form a digital music based on the reproduction and replication of industry standards. A jump or skip is no longer a problem or a fault, but a musical gesture in its own right. Jan St. Werner also runs the Sonig label based in Cologne. Markus Popp recently started his new critically project SO, a joint venture with Japanese songwriter/producer Eriko Toyoda.