Data Regina

by Olivia Louvel

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about

Interview by Abi Bliss "A multimedia suite by composer Olivia Louvel digs deep into the psychic warfare between two 16th century British Queens" THE WIRE issue #396 www.thewire.co.uk/issues/45096/issue-396-buy

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Fascinated by the existence of two Queens ruling at the same time on a single island, within an extremely male dominated society in the 16th century, composer and artist Olivia Louvel explores the reign of Mary Queen of Scots Vs Elizabeth I and delivers her own singular transposition: Data Regina.

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, Olivia Louvel assembles a digital narrative through 17 compositions capturing different palettes, tones, playing with identity within the 'duality-duel' relationship of the two women, two queens and cousins, who were never to meet.

'Data Regina' is a body of work which gathers electronic songs 'The Antechamber’, along with a series of instrumentals, 'The Battles’, a sonic landscape inspired by the 16th century battles on the Anglo-Scottish border. 

As well as the publication of a CD, the interactive digital work www.dataregina.com will provide a further platform to showcase the 3D animations produced by young animator Antoine Kendall as well as curated historical references.

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Selected reviews:

"Data Regina comes with a website featuring text excerpts and a map plotting the locations where Mary was held captive. Several tracks are set to CGI animations by Antoine Kendall, in which Louvel's face is composited onto a stiff-limbed avatar, endlessly circling empty castle corridors or commanding an army of similar chess piece-like figures in a barren landscape of grey polygon mountains."
THE WIRE #396 by Abi Bliss

"Wer auf Holly Herndon steht, wird hier seine Freude haben."
FAZE by Kressmann

"Data Regina (Cat Werk): sieht man AGF (die hier gemastert hat) als Laurie Andersons Tocher, so ist Olivia AGFs kleine geschichtsversessene Schwester. **** "
WESTZEIT

"Data Regina an album of dark, haunting electronica, which stands in a league of its own: it has no obvious reference points in music, history or elsewhere. It’s a bold project, for sure, and Louvel admirably achieved her ambitions with a work which conveys its intent without becoming overly mired in explication and cumbersome narrative segments which disrupt the flow."
AURAL AGGRAVATION by Christopher Nosnibor

This is a noble and fascinating concept album about the period of 16th century British history when both England and Scotland were ruled by women. Accompanied by an arts council-funded interactive website and with track titles referencing specific battles, it’s the most unusual history lesson you’ve ever sat through- and possibly the first one where it’s recommended to gaze out of the window. But crucially it is not, as you might first think, an excuse to dig out the lute and the hurdy-gurdy and explore 16th century instrumentation- very much the opposite in fact. This is hyper-digital, cold soundscapes of slow voices, clicks and effects. Analogue oscillations and tight glitches roll over windy ambiences. (...) The expressiveness of “Elizabeth Song” is close to what Björk would sound like with a screech-free British accent.
CHAIN DLK by Stuart Bruce

Louvel's vocals wind through the tracks off-centre, as do her electronic counterpoints and live instruments, leaving a kind of negative space or absence running through Data Regina. The resulting fragmented tone poems often recall Natalie Beridze's experiments in laptop song form.
THE WIRE #397 by Sam Davies

„Data Regina” to prawie godzina niełatwej, ale intrygującej muzyki zrobionej bez medialnego ciśnienia i wymachiwania facebookowym proporcem.
POLYPHONIA by Łukasz Komła

Auch Louvel kultiviert sich als hochartifizielle Kunstfigur, und doch ist sie eine nahbare Underground-Diva geblieben. Diesen Status pflegt sie auf Data Regina. Das Album hechelt keinem der jüngeren Minimal Wave oder Dark Techno Trends hinterher, biedert sich nicht dem neoklassischen Mainstream an sondern fügt Ambient und Avantgarde so nahtlos in Pop wie es sonst kaum jemand kann oder will.
GROOVE by Frank P. Eckert

credits

released February 8, 2017

Credits:
Composed, produced and mixed by Olivia Louvel
at Tin Foil studio and Audiobeach Studio.

Lyrics written by Olivia Louvel except the sonnet 'Feb. 8 1587' written by Mary Queen Of Scots

Fiona Brice, violin on
'My Crown', 'Elizabeth Song', 'The Veil', 'Love Or Rule'

Paul Kendall, mix consulting and additional voice polishing

Mastered by AGF

Artwork and design, Jesse Holborn
Original images, Antoine Kendall

Arts Council of England, Grant for the Arts, 2016.

Press relation, Ed Benndorf ed@dense.de

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Olivia Louvel UK

Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. Her work also ranges from video art to live performance. In 2011, she won the album of the year at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards for 'Doll Divider'. ... more

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Track Name: My Crown
When you mark the cards
you take me in
do what you do to make do
when you entrap
play us apart
watch the coup

Will you meet me?
Will I meet you?
I'm still denied the favour I seek
But by no means should we divide our beings

Will you cut my head? or simply my hand?
Now or later
whenever you want
cut to the chase, send me to tower for ever

I'd rather stop than resign my crown
I'd rather stop than resign

When you do that
do that to me
do what you do to me
When you do that
do that to me
do what you do to me

Now or later
whenever you want
cut to the chase

I'd rather stop than resign my crown
I'd rather die than resign

cut to the chase
send me to tower
forever
Track Name: Good Queen Bess
Gloriana
Good queen Good queen Bess
Track Name: Farewell
If you ever get close

If you ever get lost

If you ever reach the end
if you ever feel the air
I believe I shall never see again the land of my childhood games
I believe I shall never see you more I believe I shall ignore

If you ever

If you ever get close
If you ever get lost
I believe I shall never return, please write to me
I believe I shall never return to collect my full body
Farewell Farewell oh well
Farewell Farewell oh well
If you ever get close

If you ever get lost

I believe I shall never see you more I believe I shall ignore
I believe I shall never see you more I believe I shall implore
If you ever

If you ever


If you ever get lost

I got lost
I got close



Farewell Farewell oh well
Track Name: Infiltrate
Raise your heart
Play your mind
Brace yourself for the infantry

Raise your heart
Play your mind
Brace yourself for the cavalry

But I should keep some time to play some new wonders
But I should have some time as all I care is to wander

Wander

But why should I have to?
When all I want is to
But why should I have to?
When all I want is to

Watch out

Watch out

Infiltrate
Agitate

Watch out

But why should I have to?
When all I want is to
But why should I have to?
When all I want is to

wander
When all I want is to

wander
wander

When all I want i to

to

wander

Raise
Play
Infiltrate
Agitate

But I should keep some time to play some new wonders
But I should have some time as all I care is to wander
wander
Track Name: Feb. 8 1587
I have hoped
I have hoped

my Lord and my God I have hoped in you oh Jesus sweet saviour now liberate me
I have languished for you
i have languished for you
in afflictions and chains
and chains
and chains
through long years of anguish and bodily pain
my Lord and my God

chain chain chain
chain chain chain
chain chain chain
adoring
imploring

on humbly bowed knees I crave of your mercy
to liberate me
to liberate me
liberate me
in my end is my beginning
Track Name: Deploy
I'm claiming victory
I feel I can pretend I'm leading armed men to adorn me

I'm claiming
I know I can pretend to fully comprehend the art of treachery

I long for
I long for you
I can deploy my charms, I can deploy my arms
deploy my charms
deploy my arms


I long
I can deploy my arms
I long
my charms
I long

I'm claiming victory
I feel I can harness any imbalance or envy
I long for
victory
I can now reveal multiple layers if you need me

I long
I long for
I long for
I long for you


I prey
I prey for you
Deploy my charms, deploy my arms

I can deploy my charms, I can deploy my arms
deploy my charms deploy my arms
Track Name: Elizabeth Song
She appeared mortal but divine in coarse wild clothing
She appeared well equipped, well polished pale and so striking

dress the body
hide your body
dress to disguise your weakness
dress the body
hide your body
dress to cover all excess

She appeared mortal but divine in coarse wild clothing
She reduced to powder anyone who dares, anyone too brave

dress the body
hide your body
dress to disguise your weakness
dress the body
hide your body
dress to cover all excess

she simply adored, being adored, being blessed

she simply adored, being adored, being blessed

dress dress
hide your body
dress to disguise your weakness

dress dress
hide
dress to cover all excess
Track Name: The Veil
I'm weaving the veil of my apparel
I'm leaving tonight for better for worse

Propelling

Let it blow
Let it sail
Let it blow
Let is sail
Carry sail
Plough the waves

I'm stepping ashore for my last encore
I'm folding the veil
Gone my blissful days
I'm leaving tonight for my gracious fate

Propelling

blow
sail
blow
sail
sail
the waves
sail

Let it blow
Let it sail
Let it blow
Let it sail

Carry sail
Carry sail
Carry sail
Carry sail

Propelling

Carry sail
sail
the waves
sail
Track Name: Love Or Rule
land
land
never choose

love
rule
I could never choose which one I want to loose
to rule
I could never choose which one I want to loose

love rule
love rule

i never choose
i never choose
which one I want to loose (to loose)

I never choose
I never choose
I never choose
never choose never choose
never choose never choose


land of childhood
land of playground
time of no worries as there's nothing to be planned
land of childhood
land of playground
time of no worries as there's nothing to be planned
to be planned
to be planned
Track Name: The Four Marys
The Four Marys played hide and seek
Scots became their private game
Eternal friends of nursery
Four they will be,
they will be

They were to follow their Queen
Young models of five old springs
five girls, five springs only to amuse the Queen

And wherever goes Queen Mary, there they will be
then they will be

Let's revel in fantasy
Let's indulge her majesty
till night

there they will be
fantasy
travesty
mask and play
till night till dayspring
till the Queen's asleep

Queen Queen Queen
till the Queen's asleep

The Four Marys played hide and seek
Scots became their private game
Eternal friends of nursery
Four they will be, they will be
they will be
they will be
they will be

Eternal friends of nursery
Four they will be, they will be