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/

New Album by Louis Sterling

Louis Sterling will have his debut record ‘Adisceda’ released on David August’s 99CHANTS label on April 12th.

‘Adisceda’ takes the form of an act of remembrance, and all the joy and sorrow that can bring. Gloriously deep ambient electro-acoustics that you can get lost in.

Listen to the track ‘The Black Gate to Utopia’:

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

DMSA Alumni, Students and Staff showcased @ IWD2019

As part of the International Women’s Day 2019 campaign to #BalanceforBetter, Sound and Music showcase the profiles of 31 composers and their unique contributions to composition in the UK. Alumni Akiko Haruna and Guoda Dirzyte, current student Jade Gunner and DMSA Course Leader Dr Maria Papadomanolaki are profiled in the showcase that is part of the online archive of British Music Collection.

British Music Collection provides unparalleled access to the modern history of composition in the UK. Established in 1967 as a means for contemporary composers to deposit scores and recordings for performers to access, it now consists of almost 70,000 works and recordings from over 3000 20th and 21st century composers and sound artists.

The value in the collection is undeniable – providing access to over 50 years of contemporary composition – but it’s not without fault. The underrepresentation of female composers, or those who identify as female, across the original collection is stark, and a reminder of the progress that has been made, and must continue to happen, in and across new music.

Much of the British Music Collection now exists here online, and this provides a great opportunity to readdress this imbalance and the original aim of the collection: providing access to the work of contemporary composers.

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

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.

Masterclass with Laurence Owen: How to be a Jack-Of-All-Trades Composer

Monday 26 November, 4:30-6, Performance Studio, GP

We are thrilled to have critically acclaimed composer Laurence Owen (DMSA alumni 2011) back to give a masterclass.

About Laurence
Laurence Owen (DMSA 2011) is a 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. His film credits include the Sundance Film Festival official selection White Morning, which earned him two music award nominations at SoundTrack Cologne Festival. Laurence has produced music and sound design for productions at London’s Young Vic and Trafalgar Studios theatres, and was nominated for Best Theatre Sound at the ProSound Awards for his work on 1927’s Golem. He has also co-written four original musicals for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (one of which won a 2015 Malcolm Hardee Award), and was composer and musical director of Cat & Mouse, a Village Underground and 1927 co-production.

Website:
www.laurenceowen.co.uk

About the session:
How to be a Jack-Of-All-Trades Composer
For the last seven years, I’ve been professionally making music for a wide array of film, theatre, radio, TV and corporate clients – mostly just a few days’ work at a time. It’s not all been glamorous, but it has all been solid, paid composing work. By not specialising with laser-focus on any one area, I’ve built up a diverse and ever-growing network of clients that has provided me a livelihood.

In this session, I’ll tell you about the steps I’ve taken up to this point, ever-available opportunities that you could exploit, and how to keep you well-prepared and confident in this competitive field. Since DMSA students all have different specialities, I’d also like to find out your individual skills, and discuss how you might apply them to kickstart this kind of composing career.