SculptOr

by Olivia Louvel

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Deluxe digipak CD, with artwork by Jesse Holborn. Front cover image by Olivia Louvel. Includes text by Barbara Hepworth

    "That is the latest from Olivia Louvel who I always find so engaging. Data Regina was her last release a couple of years back, that was a multimedia piece exploring the lives of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I and it seems that the lives of strong women are her muse…This latest album 'SculptOr' uses the extensive writings of the British Sculptor Barbara Hepworth as the basis for an almost tactile series of pieces" Verity Sharp, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3. www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000d8zw

    Includes digital pre-order of SculptOr. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    Pre-order of SculptOr. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases February 7, 2020

      £9 GBP

     

1.
Use Your Own Body
2.
Must Carve A Stone
3.
I Draw What I Feel In My Body
4.
A Woman Artist Not Deprived
5.
I, The Sculptor
6.
03:58
7.
Studio
8.
The Sound Of A Mallet
9.
Conversation With Magic Stones

about

Olivia Louvel works at the intersection of creation and documentation, often taking existing texts as a point of departure. Following the tapestry of interwoven tales that was 'Data Regina' (2017), 'SculptOr' is her most geometric work, a suite of nine pieces, using the words of the sculptor to weave and create an aural edifice.

For a project inspired by British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, it is appropriate that hers should be the opening voice on the album. In ‘Use Your Own Body’ Hepworth’s voice is re-sculpted in the first moments until handing over her text to the voice of Louvel for the remainder of the compositions. The physicality of sculpture and concrète sound is present throughout the album.

Louvel’s practice is built upon a long-standing exploration of the voice, sung or spoken, and its manipulation through digital technology thus expanding the plastic dimension of voice. Working with AudioSculpt (IRCAM) along with GRM Tools, Louvel is sculpting the voice directly on its graphical representation, applying principles of sculpture to Hepworth’s voice to manipulate its texture. As the infrastructure of the Pompidou centre was laid bare so Olivia’s scalpel exposes the shifting fabric and textures of the creative method.

credits

releases February 7, 2020

Composed, performed, produced and mixed by Olivia Louvel
Mix consulting, Paul Kendall
Mastering, Norscq
Design, Jesse Holborn
Studio facilities, Tin Foil Studio and DMSA, University of Brighton
PR: Ed Benndorf ed@dense.de

Thank you to the continued support from Sophie Bowness, trustee of the Hepworth Estate.
Thank you to DMSA, University of Brighton.

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Purveyors of fine audio since 2011, Cat Werk Imprint was initially launched by Olivia Louvel to essentially release her own work and those of fellow collaborators in the field of digital music.
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