ō, music for haiku

by Olivia Louvel

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    Numbered limited edition CD of 100, packaged in gold metallic bubble bag with hand drawn artwork of "The Magic Fish Dog" by Olivia Louvel.

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    01 tsuka mo ugoke
    02 chichi-haha no
    03 aka-aka to
    04 kono michi ya
    05 oki yo
    06 kumo ori-ori
    07 to*

    * "to" is a particle…and…your sentence isn't really complete…

    Includes unlimited streaming of ō, music for haiku via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • For art lovers and collectors and completists, "The Magic Fish Dog" (handmade object) is also available to purchase. These clay figurines have been used in the making of two experimental films for the tracks " kumo ori-ori " and " aka-aka to" which both feature on the album.

    They come as a family unit of 4 gold "Magic Fish Dog". The items are signed.

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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"


released December 1, 2012

haiku by Bashō (1644-1694)
composed and mixed by Olivia Louvel
mastered by pk
© & ℗ Cat Werk Imprint. CW03. 2012
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Olivia Louvel UK

Olivia Louvel is a composer and sound artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative.

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.
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Track Name: tsuka mo ugoke
tsuka mo ugoke
waga na ku koe wa
aki no kaze
Track Name: chichi-haha no
chichi-haha no
shikiri ni koishi
kiji no koe
Track Name: aka-aka to
aka-aka to
hi wa tsurenaku mo
aki no kaze
Track Name: kono michi ya
kono michi ya
yuku hito nashi ni
aki no kure
Track Name: oki yo
oki yo oki yo
waga tomo ni sen
neru kochō
Track Name: kumo ori-ori
kumo ori-ori
hito o yasumuru
tsukimi kana
Track Name: to

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