The Battle of Ancrum Moor (1545) was part of Henry VIII's campaign known as the Rough Wooing. The objective was to force the Scots to accept a marriage between Henry's son Edward and the infant Mary, Queen of Scots. The English were defeated in the battle and suffered heavy losses.
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 digital 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.
Olivia Louvel III composition, production, mix, conception
Fiona Brice III violin
Paul Kendall III mix consulting and additional voice polishing
AGF III audio mastering
Antoine Kendall III 3D animation
Jesse Holborn III website graphic design and cd artwork
Hiroshi Suzuki III web development
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Arts Council of England, Grant for the Arts, 2016.
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Dr Rosalind Smith Associate Professor School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia
Early Modern Women Research Network
excerpts "Mary, Queen of Scots was a poet – and you should know it", The Conversation, online, 2014
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Professor Kristen Post Walton at Salisbury University, USA
President of the North American Organisation of Scottish Historians
Excerpts "On 28 July in the twenty-third year of Mary Stewart’s reign ... The conjunction of gender…"
Kristen Post Walton, 'Catholic Queen, Protestant Patriarchy: Mary Queen of Scots and the Politics of Gender and Religion', Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2007 (pp. 5, 127) Reproduced with kind permission of Palgrave Macmillan
National Library Of Scotland "1558 - The Monstrous Regiment of Women"
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