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

WERKSTATT Electronic Night

Werkstatt Promotions

An Events Company based around Fresh and Exciting Live Electronic Music

‘We’re in the process of planning a Night, and I’m looking to hear from artists who might be interested in performing.’

Those DMSA people who are interested please contact Reuben werkstattpromo@gmail.com

Please include any:

– Music links
– Audio/or preferably footage of a live performance (although this is not necessary)
– Some Information on themselves

CASA Creative Hub Showcase April 11

 Casa Creativa ‘The Lifestyle Hub’

University of Brighton final year Fashion Comms student, Amber Whitaker, is creating a unique hub to showcase the talents of student here at Grand Parade.

 

This includes students  from DMSA  who have created the hub’s playlist, featuring work the course’s ID Spectral label and also  Louis and Jamie arranging to play live.

 

Good luck to Amber and all involved!

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.

Sounds at Phoenix – RDYER

 

Rdyer is interested in junk, outdated technology and recycling, using a loop pedal, musical saw, saxophone, and site-specific recordings to create performance art and pop songs.

 

Date: 20 March 2019

Time: 6-8pm

Tickets: £5

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sounds-rdyer-tickets-56638755041

Presented as part of Wednesdays at Phoenix: Sounds

Sit with a drink in hand as you listen to the words of artists read by accomplished performers. Curated by Phoenix Artist Joseph Young

An evening of experimental sound with demonstrations by local artists.”

Outlands

OUTLANDS  

De la Warr Pavillion on Friday Feb 15

Free entry, free gallery tour, Q&A with the artists and free coach there and back for DMSA students: departing Brighton 5pm and returning 10.30pm

Limited seats book your place – email me: 

s.w.mallinder@brighton.ac.uk

See Trailer:

Ecstatic Material is a newly commissioned dynamic sound sculpture by musician and producer Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison which will expand and contract over back to back performances at venues across England.

This live experiment with sound and substance will be conducted through a modular system made up of malleable plastics, coloured light and multi-channel audio which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists into the performance space.

Tour support comes from DJs Copper Sounds who spin copper dubplates, ceramic pots, and heavy icelandic rocks, using these materials to create a primitive and tactile form of turntablism.

Timings:

6pm – 8pm  Still I Rise exhibition tour

7.30pm           Auditorium bar opens

8pm                Copper Sounds (foyer bar)

9.15pm           Beatrice + Keith (auditorium)

10.15pm         Copper Sounds (foyer bar)

 

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