DMSA Mini-feature: Olivia Louvel (Y2 Student)

Olivia Louvel

Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. As with many of the DMSA students, Olivia has come to  engage with sound, and eventually the course, through a unique pathway.  She has produced a body of  exiting and critically acclaimed projects and we are very happy to have her on the course, currently in her second year.

DMSA: Three words that describe you as a creative person?

OL: carver, organiser, experimentalist 

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

OL: My initial artistic outlet was voice then theatre. Some time after I graduated from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art but nothing was really happening for me as an actor (which in hindsight was probably for the best!) I began making some weird sound objects on a mini-disc with voice and found sound objects, it was very fragile, I didn’t have yet access to a laptop. Then I finally got an  iBook and with an Mbox I could run Pro-Tools and that was it, the liberation! My liberation of sounds. 

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

OL: The DMSA course is helping me fill in some theory gaps and contextualise my practise. Being self-taught, I am joining the dots and it’s wonderful to learn to articulate my thoughts, talk, write an essay. It’s a laboratory for ideas, experiments and exchange. It is a privileged moment and I’m enjoying every aspect of it. Last year, I had the opportunity to compose a piece for multi diffusion channels, this was exhilarating. I also took part in a DMSA collaboration with the Brighton Youth Orchestra, supervised by senior lecturer Jean Martin. Along with two of my fellow students, Sonny Bacon and Luke Vosper, we had the opportunity to perform with the BYO at the Brighton Festival, it was a wonderful challenging experience. Throughout the course, I also stepped into the world of Pure Data, Max/MSP which opened new avenues of experimentation for me. There were certain projects last year which I am now planning to develop further into a new composition.

DMSA: Can you tell us a few words about your ACE-funded project ‘Data Regina’?

OL: Data Regina is inspired by the reigns of two queens/ rulers of the 16th century, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. I was drawn to the life and writings of Mary Queen of Scots, a poet and essayist herself and one of the most read woman of her time. What surprised me the most is that we know very little about that creative aspect of her life. She documented her turmoil, her captivity (19 years) through writings. The last sonnet she wrote ‘Feb.8 1587’ was on the morning of her execution. I’ve assembled a digital narrative through songs and ‘battles’ which are instrumental tracks inspired by the 16th century battles on the Anglo-Scottish border. As well as the publication of a CD, there is a dedicated online platform www.dataregina.com  to showcase the 3D animations produced by young animator Antoine Kendall as well as curated historical references. I am very grateful for the Grant for the Arts received from the Arts Council. 

DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions?

OL: I’m participating in our DMSA night at Komedia, ‘loadbang ~’, a night of electronica, experimental, ambience, glitch with live projection mapping. I will perform a short set of material from Data Regina, the event is the 5th of December. [fb event page]

Last month we launched with the DMSA the audio walk, ‘ReHear’, partnering with ‘Echoes’ a platform which allows you to create and explore immersive geolocated experiences. This fascinated me, it opened up new possibility to envisage sound in space, in the virtual in a near future…

Website:  http://www.olivialouvel.com/

SAVE THE DATE: Loadbang~ | Komedia | Dec. 5th | 21:30

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A night of Electronica | Experimental | Ambience | Glitch
+ Live projection mapping.

From electronic artists to visual programmers, we’re bridging experimentallism with the knocks of the UK soundsystem. With an eclectic line-up of artists and DJ’s, it is an honour to showcase such innovative music from digitally-oriented creatives.

If you’re a fan of Warp Records to the more contemporary works of Ryoji Ikeda, Tim Hecker or Alva Noto – then this is not one to miss.

LINE-UP :
Jeph Vanger/Jack Lister
Olivia Louvel [Catwerk]
Auxx [BBC Music x URBNET]
Aki Purser & Oli Johns
Luke Vosper & Tarek Goraicy
Martia
Jamie Moore & Thomas Aurelius
Nile Ezra
Patrick McCauley

DJ’s
2LATE (High Focus)
Danny Baron
Samiriah Roye

DMSA Mini-feature: Jeph Vanger (Y3 student) received Breakthrough Award

Greek sound artist/sound designer/music producer (aka Jeph1) and DMSA student Jeph Vanger was recently awarded the Norman Cook Digital Music and Sound Arts Breakthrough Award 2016/17 for finishing first in his year (Level 5). This is the second year this award has been around and it is a way for  showing appreciation to students who excel at their studies. The award was established by famous music producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim.

On the occasion of the award, we asked  Jeph a few questions.

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

JW: Sound, Vibration, Viscerality

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

JW: It was right after school (18 years old) when I sold my video game console to buy my first turntable and start experimenting with records, music and sounds.

Ithaca: upon every arrival, Teaser from Gesamtatelier on Vimeo.

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

JW: The Digital Music & Sound Arts course in Brighton has made me believe that every single creative idea can be possible through experimentation and exploration. It has also widen my music horizons and helped me to open my ears and listen. In a world where overwhelming amounts of information and screens are taking over our lives through passive immersion, I think that is important to return back to pure non-distractive listening processes. More importantly, the DMSA course has filled me with hope in regards to make my goals and dreams reality as, over this year, I have been already involved in 6 theatre and performance professional projects as a sound designer and composer. Moreover, through the course, I have exhibited sound and visual installations which have been originally made for one of the course’s modules. 

Henosis Installation Preview from Jeph Vanger Sound on Vimeo.

DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions

JW: I am currently focusing on the development of my dissertation and also my final sound installation. Both of those are going to be related with how hand-made speakers can sculpt the final sonic result in a specific space -“Physical Sound Design” as I’d like to call it- and they are going to examine the relation of space and sound in general through the construction of original replicas of the historic Altec 1505b Horn which has been used in theatre spaces during the 60’s & 70’s. 
 In addition, in regards to my sound design & composition projects, I’m putting the finishing touches on the modern take of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” theatre play directed by John O’Connor. This play is touring in Italy for the next two months. I’m also going to be working on the sound design of “The Opportunist” short film about kleptomania directed by Matt Page
 
When it comes to events, after my last gig in Brussels, I’m about to announce new dates for my Dub music project “Jeph1”. I’m also performing an experimental set at Green Door Store in Brighton on the 4th of December for “Splitting the Atom” experimental/free/noise all dayer. 

My overall vision for the near future is to continue working on various sound and music projects which are different, but at the same time influencing each other. 

ReHear: Launch Event

29 September 2017
14.00-16.00PM

The event is free but booking is necessary.
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Location

Performance Studio
Grand Parade Campus
University of Brighton
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The Digital music and Sound Arts course (School of Media, University of Brighton) teams up with Echoes.xyz to launch a new mobile phone audiowalk showcasing selected works by current staff and students in the course. The launch event is part of the Brighton Digital Festival 2017 programme and is supported by the University of Brighton’s School of Media.

For ReHear, the artists chose a specific site to locate their work within and to give it a new life and identity. ReHear places these pieces in real locations across Brighton and asks us to hear again but differently. Using a mobile phone and a pair of headphones, anyone can walk around and experience the city anew.

On the 29th of September, ReHear will have its official launch as part of a special event where members of the audience can meet the artists and the app developers and learn more about the project, the technology behind it and the process of creating it. They will then have the chance to use their mobile phones to experience the project.

Featured artists:

Jean Martin, Charles Pender, Mandie Brooks , Sonny Bacon, Jedd Winterburn, Olivia Louvel, Brianna Leeds, Samirah Roye,  Jordan Edge, Steven Mallinder, Maria Papadomanolaki, Jeph Vanger.

Please bring a mobile phone with WiFi/3G/4G capabilities and a pair of headphones.

The Digital Music and Sound Arts course explores innovative AV media, music/sound arts practices and productions.

@dmsabrighton #ReHear #BDF17

Echoes gives you the freedom to explore breath-taking GPS-triggered audio tours wherever you are.

@echoesxyz

This event is open to all people.

Image: Charles Pender – Maelström

Todays Spotlight: Digital Music and Sound Arts Degree Show 2017

Every year, our students’ interests, talents and curiosities are manifested in many surprising and innovative ways. Each degree show delivers a whole new range of explorations, provocations and creative outputs. Either in the form of instrument building, video game design, sound installation art or sound for film and new media, the DMSA students offer new perspectives into what is possible through sound and a way of thinking about and doing with sound that goes beyond the audible into other senses, materials, technologies and the body. The 2017 Degree Show presented a series of ambitious, at times, large scale projects that grasped the attention of audiences and industry specialiststs who attended the Degree Show. Our students Guoda Dirzyte and Jordan Edge won awards for the outstanding quality of their pieces. This is of course the result of hard work often involving the extensive support of our technical staff and mentoring and guidance by our academic team.

List of Works
Guoda Dirzyte – Kokon Dansetsu Ma (Sound Installation)
Charles Pender – Maelström (Sound Installation)
Joseph Higgins – Many Gods, Many Voices (Sound Installation)
Maja Mihalik – bio.adversity (AV installation)
Jordan Edge – acclimate (Installation)
Justin O’Brien / John Doe – 2.1 Audio Piece – Number Stations and Short Wave Radio (Radio Art Composition)
Navid Asghari – Circadian (Found Footage / CCTV Film)
Ben Murphy – Avatar Arms (Video Game Design)
Lorcan Thompson – To Eternity (Experimental Film)
Rory Williams – Bend-A bespoke instrument for neurological disorders (Interactive/Instrument Design)

Today’s Spotlight: DMSA 2012 Degree Show Showreel

Digital Music and Sound Arts students come from a variety of backgrounds and through the three years of the course they undergo a trajectory of transformation. They are encouraged to challenge existing deas, explore new methodologies and technologies, develop in a focused manner sets of skills that will make them confident in their craft, critical in their thinking as practitioners and ready to keep up with the challenges of a rapidly changing and competitive field. The degree show is an important platform for both students and staff to demonstrate these concepts, to interface with industry people and establish a network.

Today’s spotlight revisits the final degree works by 2012 DMSA students showcasing the breadth of approaches and interests and the level of quality students aim to achieve. Either sound design and music for film, interactive audiovisual installations or music production, preparing the final degree project is a chance to be ambitious and to refine a creative vision so as to allign with the chosen career pathway of each student.

Featured Works

  • Roland Szabo – Preface (film)
  • Jack Ritchie – Symbiotic (Experimental Music Film)
  • Henry Holmes – Tape Requiem (Sound installation)
  • Marcel Kennard – Anxiety E.P (Music Album Production)
  • Melody Woodham – Character Building (Film)
  • Sean Tierney – Fair Use (Music Album Production)
  • Anthony Weigold – Political Signification (Experimental AV production)
  • Tom Bartlett – Necropolis (Sound Design)
  • Tanya Taylor – Tinkerings (Performative Sound Installation)
  • Sean Halsey – Dream Without A Dream (Film)
  • Anton Browne – Breakaway (Music Video)
  • Joseph Yates – Passages (Audiovisual Installation)
  • Jack Fletcher – Wild Bill (Sound Design for Film)
  • Peter Mines – Revenant Tapes (Experimental Electronic Music)
  • Chris Hoad – Vastec (Interactive Audio System for Music Performance and Production)
  • Joshua Clark-Legallienne – Restraint (Experimental Music)
  • Nicholas Keate – Triptych (Weltschmerz) (Audiovisula installation)
  • Joshua Feder – The Catatonic (Film)