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.
In 2014, she produced an exclusive mix for Electronic Beats, "odd and fantastic", which features her remix of AGF’s 'Poemproducer'.
Louvel has been an active member of female:pressure, the international network of female, transgender and non-binary artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts. In 2013, she took part to the compilation in support of Pussy Riot’s freedom. In 2016, she contributed a compelling audio-visual Afraid Of Women to #Rojava, the female:pressure campaign curated by Antye Greie-Ripatti to show solidarity and raise awareness for the special de facto autonomous zone in northern Syria.
She collaborated with Paul Kendall (The Digital Intervention) with the piece When the sea will rise II produced for Acoustic Cameras, a project which invites sound artists to annex the real-time flow of webcams located in various places around the world.
Along with Daria Baiocchi, Fiona Hallinan, La Cosa Preziosa, Vicky Langan, Úna Lee, Jenn Kirby, Claudia Molitor, Gráinne Mulvey and Rachel Ní Chuinn, Louvel contributed to the collaborative art project 'Mean Time' with her composition 25 minutes and 21 seconds. The event was broadcast live on Nova, RTÉ Lyric FM from Richmond Barracks, Dublin, clawing back time lost in 1916.
2017 Data Regina, CD, DL, Cat Werk Imprint (UK)
2014 Beauty Sleep, CD, DL, Cat Werk Imprint (UK)
2012 o, music for haiku, CD, DL, Cat Werk Imprint (UK)
2011 Doll Divider, 12”, DL, Cat Werk Imprint (UK)
2010 Doll Divider, DL, Ototoi, Optical Sound (France)
2008 Lulu in Suspension, CD, Optical Sound (France)
2006 Luna Parc Hotel, CD, Angelika Koehlerman (Austria)
2015 Bats by Night, DL, Cat Werk Imprint (UK)
As The Digital Intervention (With Paul Kendall)
2003 Capture, The Digital Intervention, CD, LP, Parallel Series, Ici d'Ailleurs (France)
2004 Oumupo vol.3, 'La Coco' w/ Rubin Steiner, Ici d'Ailleurs (France)
2004 Oumupo vol.1, 'Coma Idyllique' w/ The Third Eye Foundation, Ici d'Ailleurs (France)
2016 Paris Multiplié, 'Postcards Reframed'_Fiona Brice, DL, Bella Union (UK)
2014 If I Was SonnetMix _Pantaleimon, DL, Grass Girl Music (UK)
2016 Music, Awareness & Solidarity w/ Rojava Revolution, 'Afraid Of Women', DL, Female Pressure (Germany)
2013 Pussy Riot Freedom, 'Doll Divider', DL, Female Pressure, Monika (Germany)
2011 Qwartz 7, 'Doll Maker', CD, Qwartz Edition (France)
AWARDS & GRANTS
2018 Norman Cook Digital Music and Sound Arts Breakthrough Award, University of Brighton (UK)
2017 Merit Award Scholarship, University of Brighton (UK)
2016 Grant for the Arts, Arts Council (UK) Data Regina
2014 Grant for the Arts, Arts Council (UK) Beauty Sleep
2013 Shortlisted for Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) o, music for haiku
2011 SACD prize, society of dramatic authors & composers (France) Doll Divider
2011 Qwartz Album Award, Qwartz Electronic Music Awards (France) Doll Divider
British Library Sound Archive
B.N.F, Bibliothèque National de France