About

Olivia Louvel is a French-born British composer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. She operates at the intersection of creation and documentation, often taking for a point of departure, texts, poetry, archival and autobiographical documents. Her practice is built upon a long-standing exploration of the voice, sung or spoken, and its manipulation through digital technology, as a compositional method.

 

Education

2020 MA in Digital Music and Sound Art – University of Brighton.

Other Publications

Louvel, Olivia. ‘A Generative Sound Mural, The Whole Inside: Sounding the Body’. Leonardo Music Journal, MIT Press, Volume 30, December 2020, p.29-32, https://doi.org/10.1162/lmj_a_01080

 

Projects

Her largest project to date, [Hepworth Resounds] (2020), is a multipartite sound art project based on British sculptor Barbara Hepworth. The Sculptor Speaks is a resounding of a 1961 recording of Barbara Hepworth’s voice, premiered on Resonance Extra, followed by an audio-visual iteration. The album release – SculptOr – is a suite of nine pieces based on Hepworth’s extensive writings. The Sculptor Speaks was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the Sound Art category at the Ivors Composer Awards 2020. https://vimeo.com/438255942

With her generative sound mural ‘The Whole Inside’ (2019), Louvel explored an explicit sociopolitical agenda: the violent misogyny of the Incels community. She was drawn to the potential of the Visaton piezo speakers to integrate the sound diffusion elements within the visual environment as a relief sculpture. Her article ‘A Generative Sound Mural, The Whole Inside: Sounding the body’ (2020) is published by Leonardo, MIT Press. ‘The Whole Inside’ is selected for the Longlist at the Aesthetica Art Prize 2021, and will be published in the ‘Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology: Future Now.’

Latest commissions range from designing the sound vocabulary for pipetting robot Andrew+ by Andrew Alliance to conceiving a Louise Labé inspired composition for avant garde ensemble Juice Vocal, Not A Creature Of Paper (2019), premiered at Kings Place, London.

Previously, Louvel explored the reigns of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I with the multimedia suite Data Regina (2017), delivering her own singular transposition through an interactive digital platform http://www.dataregina.com and a cd publication. In November 2018, she toured throughout the UK presenting a headline audio-visual set of Data Regina for ‘Synth Remix’, an event curated by Benjamin Tassie under Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator scheme.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

01 June 2021 Yorkshire Sound Women Network, online seminar. ‘Hepworth Resounds’. https://yorkshiresoundwomen.com/event/olivia-louvel-hepworth-resounds/

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