DMSA Feature: Fraser Owen

Fraser Owen, currently in his second year on our course, offers a unique perspective merging gender-bending electronic music production and cross-dressing. This month we talk to him about his inspirations, visions and current projects. Fraser will be performing under his ‘Vince Vanity’ alias as part of the IDS showcase, this thursday @ Werks Central.

DMSA: Three important words that represent you as a creative person

FO: Ambitious, Provocative, Contemporary.

DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?

FO: In my early teens I discovered electronic music and began to experiment using software belonging to my father (a video editor).

DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or helped you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?

FO: The exposure to a wide range of existing work has broadened my horizons and pushed me to re-evaluate my relationship to both sound, and the wider world of art. In my practical work I have begun to realize my aesthetic approach and apply it through a range of mediums and purposes.

DMSA: Can you tell us a bit more about your project Vince Vanity?

FO: Vince is the pseudonym I created for drag performance. Although Vince is a character/aesthetic, I also wanted her to reflect the thoughts and emotions in ourselves we try to ignore or hide, to provoke and connect to people on a personal level, and also as an experiment of self-discovery. Drag has also proved to be a way of expressing the thoughts, emotions, and interests which I do acknowledge but would rather not personify in my everyday life. I knew early on that I wanted to release music as Vince but delayed it until I felt completely comfortable expressing myself through this format. Working under the pseudonym, I found I had a much more focused approach by not letting too many of my personal feelings leak into the creative process. I also found a sense of liberation, possibly from the idea of hiding behind a character, and began to experiment a lot more. I have now created music, visuals, performance work, and combinations of these under this name.

DMSA: Other plans for the future? projects, events, visions?

FO: I would like to continue working in nightlife as a performer, to contribute to ensuring art maintains its place in the forefront. I am currently working on more music and more elaborate performances. I would like to work on more collaborative projects and begin to offer my skills as a freelance artist; where this will take me, I am unsure of, but I am excited for the future regardless.

Web: https://www.instagram.com/vince.vanity/

OPENING NIGHT: All That Scratching Is Making Me Itch

ICA THEATRE
20:00 | Fri 11 Jan 2019
BOOK TICKETS

All That Scratching Is Making Me Itch is a en event curated by Stephen Mallinder featuring films by our students Aki Purser, Jedd Winterburn along with a fine selection of Scratch Video films, live music and more.

More info:
https://shortfilms.org.uk/lsff2019/events/2019-01-11-opening-night-all-that-scratching-is-making-me-itch

Olivia Louvel & Louis Sterling are recipients of awards

Two of our Level 5 students have received awards for their outstanding performance on the course as part of University of Brighton’s annual Student & Staff Celebration Event.The event is an opportunity for the University to thank their donors for their fantastic, generous support and to celebrate the achievements of students, Olivia Louvel has been awarded the Norman Cook Digital Music and Sound Arts Breakthrough Award and Louis Sterling an Employability Fund Award!

‘Training Ground’ @ KOMEDIA | 10/12/18

Monday 10th December 2018 | 8pm – Late
KOMEDIA Brighton

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Successfully running for its 10th year, the student-led DMSA club night is happening again on the 10th of December at Komedia, one of Brighton’s established music venues.

More infor below and on the facebook event page.

EXPERIMENTAL | LIVE PERFORMANCES | ELECTRONICA | DJ’S

Training Ground is a fun live performance night in the heart of Brighton at Komedia.
There will be a variety of performances all showcasing different elements of music, sound and image.

***8-Late
***£5 On the door

INCLUDING
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Experimental Music
Live Performance
DJ’s Set
Acoustic sets
Noise Music
Ambient Music
Techno Music
Projections

PERFORMANCES:
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Jack & Jordan
Vince Vanity
George Sparrow
Josh & Ryan
Luke Josper
Cyphon
Sunday, Early Morning (+Tarek)
Tarek (+ Sunday, Early Morning)
Onism

DJ’s
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Javier
Matthew
Jack A
Donald

Joshua Legallienne to support Charalambides | The Rose Hill, 24 Nov

DMSA Alumni and current member of the DMSA team, Joshua Legallienne will be supporting the texan acid-folk duo (although this is a limiting label to their music) Charalambides on their Brighton concert at the Rose Hill on 24th November. Joshua will be performing a solo set for acoustic guitar which will be the perfect openenr for the duo’s hazy folk repertoire.

Charalambides founders Tom & Christina Carter dedicate themselves to a vision of iconoclastic music as transformative force. Touching on the outer limits of acid folk, psych rock, and improvisation, their sound remains uniquely personal & consistent. Formed in Houston in 1991, Charalambides has produced dozens of releases on labels like Siltbreeze, Time-Lag, Kranky, & their own imprint, Wholly Other. The duo will be touring in Europe in support of their forthcoming release, Proper, coming out in the autumn of 2018 with Drawing Room Records.

More info on the event here.

Imagined Title Sequences at CINECITY

Please pop in to the opening event of Imagined Title Sequences by School of Media students, which will be running in rotation from 4.30-6.00pm this Thursday the 22nd in the foyer of Edward Street.

The project was produced in association with CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival. All of the sequences have been made by the BA Design for Digital Media students in Level 5. Some of the students have used footage kindly leant by Screen Archive South East and some of the sequences have been made in collaboration with Level 5 students on the BA Digital Music and Sound Arts course.

It will also be screened on Fri 23rd, Sat 24th & Mon 25th Nov 10am-5pm.

SPECTRES, XENOFUTURISMS & THE ANTIVOID #2

This friday 16th November, Stephen Mallinder will join Creative Sound & Music member and current PhD research Caleb Madden and artist and scholar Luke Pendrell for an event combining talks, perfrormative presentations and improvisation. Titled ‘Spectres, Xenofuturisms & The Antivoid #2’ the event will take place in the Performance Studio, between 3-4pm. It is free and no reservation is needed.

Masterclass: Life in Sound: A freelancers perspective on how to make what you love, a profession.

The first session for our series of Masterclasses is led by our recent alumnus Jeph Vanger. The sesison is scheduled for Monday 22nd October, 4:30-6 in the Performance Studio (R225, GP).

More info on the session below.

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Jeph Vanger is an Athens-born electronic composer, sound designer and loudspeaker enthusiast working with the medium of sound in connection with the fields of contemporary dance, theatre and installation art. He graduated from Digital Music & Sound Arts course at the University of Brighton last June and over the last couple of years, his works have been performed, presented or exhibited at Fort Process Sound & Art Festival, Tate Modern, London Design Festival, and Athens & Epidaurus Festival to name a few. He just finished his mini UK tour with the 3D audio installation Sφera and in addition, he’s working on various compositions for contemporary dance and theatre productions as well as working as a Performing Arts Technician.
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Life in Sound: A freelancers perspective on how to make what you love, a profession.
During my lecture/presentation/workshop I will share my experiences as a freelance sound artist while giving practical guidance and perspectives on where to find sound and music related work, how to chase up projects, design your website & CV as well as sharing unusual stories from my freelance career. Most and foremost it will be about motivation on how to make the most out of the DMSA course and on how to make what you love a profession, not only after graduation, but also now, whilst still being at university.

Note: In case the students are willing to share their existing CVs and websites, it would be a great chance for discussion and exchange of ideas on how to adjust/improve them, based on their niche and their aspirations.
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Visit Jeph’s website:

https://www.jephvanger.com/

Professional Practice Masterclasses

We are happy to launch our series of masterclasses for this semester with talks and hand-on presentations on music production, arts curation, sound design and composition for theater, dance, film and radio. Most importantly, for this first round of sessions we focused on bring back alumni of the DMSA course who have succeeded in the professional world along with current students and members of the newly established Creative Sound & Music Research and Enterprise Group.