Data Regina

by Olivia Louvel

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1.
Battlefield 01:33
2.
My Crown 04:16
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
3.
Gloriana Good queen Good queen Bess
4.
Farewell 04:40
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
5.
Infiltrate 03:32
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
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Feb. 8 1587 03:01
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
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9.
Deploy 05:06
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
10.
Dawn Battle 01:18
11.
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
12.
The Veil 04:02
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
13.
The Chamber 03:03
14.
Love Or Rule 04:49
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
15.
Pinkie 1547 03:08
16.
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
17.
Battlefront 01:24

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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