Julien Ottavi is a Nantes based sound artist. He studied sound and photography at the art school of Nantes. Since 1997 Ottavi has developed compositions based on the voice and its transformation by computers. Ottavi acknowledges that his work has been influenced by the sound poetry of Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidseick, Kurt Schwitters and Jaap Blonk. Ottavi also acknowledges the influence of contemporary music citing composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Giacinto Scelsi, the Musique concrete composers Pierre Henry, Michel Chion, Luc Ferrari and 'noise' musician-composers such as Merzbow, Zbigniew Karkowski and Bernard Gunter.
Ottavi is a founding member of Formanex, an electro-acoustic quartet performing graphic scores from the 20th and 21st centuries. Formanex has performed works by Cornelius Cardew, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Jerome Joy, Kasper T. Toeplitz and Ralf Wehowsky.
Ottavi continues to develop his series of "programmatic compositions." In this series of solo works for computer he has produced Nervure Magnetique and series du bruit blanc. Ottavi is also developing his "metapercussions serie" from which comes etudesauxhertz. Concerts of the latter series were performed in Europe in 2000/2001 and the United States, 2002/2003. The work for this series utilises computers running PureData software on the Gnu/Linux operating system with limited source materials (noise, oscillators, sine tones, percussion samples etc.) The computer is used as an instrument not only to play music but also to play the space, exploiting the sonic qualities produced in each different architectural setting in which he performs.
Ottavi is the founder, artistic programmer, audio computer researcher (networks and audio research) and sound artist of the experimental music organization Apo33. Founded in 1997 Apo33 is a collective of artists, musicians, sound artists, philosophers and computer scientists who aim to promote new types of music and sound practices that do not receive large media coverage. The purpose of Apo33 is to create the conditions for the development of all of the kinds of music and sound practices that contribute to the advancement of sound creation, including electronic music, concrete music, contemporary written music, sound poetry, sound art and other practices which as yet have no name. Apo33 refers to all of these practices as Audio Art.
To enable the development of Audio Art Apo33 organizes numerous activities: concerts at various locations throughout the city of Nantes and the surrounding suburbs, the formation of spaces of creation, experimentation and research open to the public, the production of CD's on the label Fibrr, the organization of educational interventions in schools and other institutions and the development of artistic research and interventions with the CIA (Cellule d'Intervention d'Apo33).
The CIA is an artistic action group composed of the members of Apo33. The CIA's mission is to 'play' with the situations and contexts to which it has been invited. The CIA mainly uses the sound medium as a field of action and as an instrument of articulation for its interventions. The CIA has operated in many situations and contexts, performing interventions throughout France and Europe in concert halls, exhibition centres, museums, streets, houses, the underground etc.
Since 2003 Ottavi has been working on the web radio research project RACCORPS, which forms part of Apo33's research laboratory that focuses on the relation between Audio Art and numerical tools or multi-media tools. The general theme that directs this research is the virtual. The purpose of this research laboratory is to conceive and invent, through an artistic realization, new possibilities of use and development for numerical tools.
Ottavi regularly collaborates with Dion Workman, Kasper T. Toeplitz, Pizmo, Ralf Wehowsky, Keith Rowe, Brandon Labelle and Sophie Gosselin.
PIZMO Pefalm Tiramazu 1 CD
JULIEN OTTAVI Voix-ordinateur II O CD
JULIEN OTTAVI Voix-ordinateur I O CD