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/

Olivia Louvel Performance at Hello Goobye Show.

Listen to Olivia Louvel performing a live set at Resonance FM’s “Hello Goodbye Show” presented by deXter Bentley, aired on Saturday 16th March 2019.

PLAYLIST

Lunatraktors – Black Raven

Rip, Rig & Panic – The Blue Blue Third

Mark Springer – Teatro Castagnoli di Scansano II

Olivia Louvel – Langside 1568 (LIVE SESSION)

Olivia Louvel – Deploy (LIVE SESSION)

Olivia Louvel – The Veil (LIVE SESSION)

Olivia Louvel – Battlefront (LIVE SESSION)

Olivia Louvel – February 8th 1587 (LIVE SESSION)

Olivia Louvel – ‘interview’

Agathe Max – Rêves Perdus

Misha Gray’s Prehistoric Jazz Quintet – Colossus Of Rhodes

The Comet Is Coming – Summon The Fire

Map 71 – Gyrate Formidable Receptors

Robert Sotelo – Bronte Paths

Hygiene – Holloway Road

ILL – Bus Shelter

Presented by deXter Bentley

Live sound engineers: Julian Sander, Nick Cron, Girish Rambaran & Pip McKenzie

Professional Practice Masterclass: Caleb Madden

Next week’s masterclass is by Caleb Madden, multi-disciplinary artist and current PhD researcher (Creative Sound & Music Research Group) at the University of Brighton.

Caleb Madden is a multi-disciplinary artist who works at the intersection of critical theory and art to create audio-visual installations and performances. He is currently undertaking an PhD at the University of Brighton looking into the critical affordances of noise art practices. He is a founder member of the sonic arts collective The Spirit of Gravity, produces a monthly radio show for Resonance Extra, and is an interdisciplinary curator/programmer working both on the national experimental music network OUTLANDS and independently. He has performed and exhibited internationally at venues such as Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong and Le Liue Unique in Nantes, France, and across the UK including Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, Fabrica Gallery and the De La Warr Pavilion.

About the session
The session will begin with an overview of my practice, focusing on relevant key works. The use of digital sound techniques will be examined through a discussion focusing on the interplay between the sonic and extra-sonic elements present in specific pieces. Various methods for the creation of sound will be explored, including the use of electro-magnetic pick-ups, circuit bending, glitch tactics, and video processing techniques. Ultimately, these experiments in sound will be grounded within a wider conceptual framework which attempts to consider the political agency of noise.

www.calebmadden.com

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

Masterclass with Olivia Louvel: Document and Construct: sound, women and battles.

Monday 3rd December 2018, 4:30-6, Performance Studio, GP

Our current student Olivia Louvel will be leading the next masterclass on a very inspiring range of topics: sound women and battles.

About the session

Document and Construct: sound, women and battles.
I will explore the relationship between documentation and creation throughout my most recent works, Data Regina, inspired by the reign and writings of Mary Queen of Scots as well as the audiovisual piece, Afraid of Women, produced to bring awareness to Rojava, the autonomous region in Northern Syria.

Finally I will share my experience as a member of female:pressure, the international network of female, transgender and non-binary artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts founded by Electric Indigo.
The session will be punctuated by sound intermission and live performance.

About Olivia

Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. She operates on the frontier of art and electronic music. Her work also ranges from video art to live performance. Over the last decade, she has released six solo albums published on various labels, Angelika Koehlermann (Austria), Optical Sound (France) and on Cat Werk Imprint, her own production tool.
Her largest project to date Data Regina is a multimedia suite in which she explores the reigns of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, delivering her own singular transposition through an interactive digital platform and a cd publication. She was featured with Data Regina in The Wire magazine.

Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of England. In 2011, she was awarded the Qwartz Album for Doll Divider at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards.

Olivia Louvel has received extensive airplay on significant radio programs such as BBC Radio 6’s Freak Zone, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, Resonance (UK), RTE Lyric FM’s Nova (Ireland), Radio Eins’s Elektro Beat (Germany), NRK’s Harald Are Lund (Norway), RTVE Radio 3’s Fluido Rosa, RTVE Radio 3’s Atmosfera (Spain), RAI 3’s Battiti (Italy), and France Musique’s La Matinale.

She has presented her work at venues and festivals such as Spirit of Gravity (Brighton 2017), Nawr (BBC Hall, Swansea 2017), Brighton Digital Festival (2017), Iklectik (London 2016), CTM (Berlin 2016), Dear Serge (De La Warr, Bexhill 2015), Culture Night (Dublin 2015), Earsthetic Festival (Brighton Dome 2013), at Tri XL (Antwerp 2010), Le Cube (Paris 2009), Ososphere Festival (Strasburg 2009), Electron Festival (Geneva 2008). She has opened for artists such as Japanese avant-garde artist Phew at Iklectik London, Planningtorock at the Earsthetic Festival Brighton Dome and Recoil for various concerts on the European ‘Selected’ tour.

LINK http://www.olivialouvel.com

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.

DMSA Feature: Laurence Owen

We talk to Laurence Owen ahead of his masterclass on Monday the 26th. Laurence graduated from the course in 2011 and since then he has led an amazing career as a freelance composer, songwriter, sound designer and voice performer. He has written music for the BBC, Toyota, O2, Stella Artois, Sipsmith, ARTE, The Beano, Historic Royal Palaces and the V&A Museum, and provides sound design for critically-acclaimed multimedia theatre company 1927.

DMSA: Where do we find you now?
LO: Physically, I’m catching up on some admin in my living room in Norwich. Mentally, I’m formulating the music and lyrics for an upcoming musical adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde that I’m working on.

DMSA: Three important words that represent you as a creative person
LO: 1. Craft – I’m more interested in making things that serve a function than making things that exist purely for themselves.
2. Accessibility – I don’t personally subscribe to the “if anyone else likes what you’re doing, that’s just a bonus” philosophy (but completely respect anyone who does).
3. Narrative – I like stories, and I like making (and consuming) music and sound that involves storytelling elements.

Laurence Owen – Composer Showreel from Laurence Owen on Vimeo.

DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?
LO: I started writing and recording music when I was 14. I really hope I’ve improved a little bit since then.

DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or helped you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?
LO: Having the space, time, equipment and permission to work was, on its own, hugely helpful. But I also left feeling actively encouraged to blur the lines between sound and music, art and design, highbrow and lowbrow. The DMSA course taught me that there are no set paths into the creative industry, and no set careers when you arrive in it.

DMSA: Can you tell us a bit more about The Time Machine?
LO: The Time Machine is the most recent of four productions I’ve co-written with my writer wife Lindsay for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s a musical adaptation of HG Wells’ novel, and although it’s a Victorian story, we’ve chosen to tell it in the style of a 1950s radio play. We have a table of foley sound effects, and I’ve written a Bernard Herrmann style B-movie score, as well as playing live theremin during the show. We’ve been touring the country with it for a year, and it’s just about to be retired so that we can work on our next production.

DMSA: Other plans for the future? projects, events, visions?
LO: Our Jekyll & Hyde show is the next major project I’m working on. Aside from that, I’ve always enjoyed scoring factual/documentary work, so I hope to do more of that. I’m also seeking to score more experiential entertainment – theme parks, VR attractions, interactive museum installations, and so on. But truthfully, I never know what’s around the corner. That’s what keeps this job exciting, and a little scary… but in a good way!