Following the release of her award-winning album, " Doll Divider", Olivia Louvel is now delivering,"ō, music for haiku", certainly one of her most idiosyncratic and unique works.
On the fringe of her electronic textural songs, she has developed an approach even more minimal:
Based on haiku by poet Bashō (1644-1694), she has composed a sparse soundtrack, voice and silence, which exist in a state far from our pressing times.
Nominated by the jury for the Prix Ars Electronica 2013
Digital Music & Sound Art category
Press & Reviews:
-“oki yo” broadcast on FSK “Doctore Xyramat" 93.0 FM (Hamburg) and on Orange 94.0FM " Female Pressure Radio Vienna"
-"chichi-haha no" featured in "Audiometric" mix by Black Sifichi
-Featured in "Secousse", French literary review, interview by Christine Bonduelle www.revue-secousse.fr/Secousse-09/Sks09-Sommaire.html
-“tsuka mo ugoke” by Olivia Louvel broadcast on Curved Radio 2Ser, Sydney Australia, Sunday 18th March. Live interview by Gayle Austin
-“tsuka mo ugoke” broadcast on Late Junction, BBC Radio 3, Thursday 7th March
-“tsuka mo ugoke” featured in the Sound Devices listening event – Sound Devices n.2- for the 100th anniversary of the Rathmines Library, Dublin (Ireland). 28th February at 18.30. The event is curated by La Cosa Preziosa
-'Tsuka Mo Ugoke' even has a runaway synth burbling away in the background that creates a strange acid-washed ambience, with reverb-drenched washes giving the whole piece a sepia-tinted, slightly dream-like quality, while 'Kumo Ori-Ori' includes a naked melody reminiscent of Brian Eno's The Shutov Assembly. Despite the intentional economy of sounds deployed here because of the emphasis on the voice, these sounds are an integral part of the atmospheres on display here. In Louvel's own words from the press release, the effect overall is one of 'sad beauty'; though I've tried, I can't find any better way of expressing the impression that these pieces leave than those two words.
Documentary Evidence (UK)
-Side Line Music Magazine
-"ō, music for haiku" broadcast in “Seppuku”, Radio Libertaire (France)
-The track "chichi-haha no" broadcast on "La matinale", France Musique. Olivia Louvel was "Le coup de coeur "of Christophe Bourseiller, "heritiere de Laurie Anderson par la dimension murmurante et tres raffinee"