Mixed At The Village: “The Revenant”

2015 was a fantastic year for us here at The Village, and we rang in the new year with the release of yet another stellar film with a score that was mixed at our studio by Village alum Scott Smith. The National’s Bryce Dessner and German electronic musician Alva Noto joined composer Ryuichi Sakamoto in creating the score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s much buzzed about film, “The Revenant”. While the score is getting some well deserved recognition for its artistic excellence, it’s not been without a bit of controversy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch has deemed 112 scores eligible to compete for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards. Unfortunately, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score for “The Revenant” did not fit their criteria (they couldn’t separate out his contributions from his two collaborators), and the film has been deemed ineligible to compete for a nomination. The Academy’s decision has been met with resistance and FOX is appealing the ruling.

Iñárritu has always been an innovator regarding his use of music to inform editing choices and narrative development. While many other composers and directors approach their work from a similar angle, the recent Academy discrepancy has lead him to become a voice in a larger conversation regarding the validity of these awards.

We’re hoping Iñárritu gets the result he’s looking for, and that Sakamoto becomes eligible for an Oscar. It’s certainly well deserved, and we couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of the project.

Congratulations To Friends & Family Of The Village!

It’s been a great year for The Village, and artists and friends we love! Whether it be a project we were a part of, or just recognition for our close friends, congratulations are in order! This year’s Grammy nominations include:

  • Larry Klein
  • Miguel
  • Maxime le Guil
  • Punch Brothers
  • Ghost
  • Florence & The Machine
  • James Bay
  • Jamie Hartman
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Craig Ferguson
  • Empire
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Melody Gardot
  • Shawn Everett
  • Noel Zancanella
  • Javier Colon

It is a continuing honor to witness your art, and we couldn’t be happier for all of you!

ROLI Seaboard RISE At The Village

On Monday, November 16th, The Village held an event hosted by ROLI, in conjunction with Berklee College of Music. The event was a stimulating introduction to ROLI’s most recent release, the Seaboard RISE. Building off of the groundbreaking technology developed for the Seaboard GRAND, the Seaboard RISE keyboard controller delivers a unique real-time expression with five dimensions of touch (including Y-axis modulation by sliding your fingers vertically on the keywaves), new MIDI-assignable touch faders and X/Y pad, MIDI over Bluetooth, and more. The battery-powered keyboard is extremely portable (it’s less than an inch thick), and comes bundled with Equator for RISE, a custom-built multi-platform software synth made for incredible real-time modulation and sound design.

     The event featured performances from ROLI Specialists, Eren Başbuğ and Marco Parisi (of HEYMEN), drinks, and a panel discussion featuring Seaboardists Lisa Harriton (Grammy & Oscar-nominated songwriter, keyboardist, sound designer), Ian Hultquist (film composer, sound designer), Xander Singh (songwriter, producer, sound designer), and Mike Knobloch (President of Film Music and Publishing at Universal Pictures). ROLI founder and CEO, Roland Lamb, walked us through the development of these amazing instruments, and also conducted the panel discussion. The event even included interactive stations where attendees could try out the keyboard themselves. The Moroccan Ballroom was filled with a diverse crowd of accomplished artists, producers, composers and many others, with the fun lasting late into the evening.

Thanks to our friends over at ROLI, we now have the revolutionary Seaboard RISE here at The Village! It’s an outstanding addition to our inventory, and will certainly be shaking up some sessions.

See the RISE in action here.

Mixed At The Village: “Bridge Of Spies”

If you’re looking for a good movie to see over the holiday, we have to recommend the Coen brothers film, “Bridge Of Spies”, directed by Stephen Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks. Set during the Cold War, “Bridge Of Spies” is a meticulously crafted period piece that centers on a 1962 spy swap involving a Soviet mole, an American U-2 pilot shot down by the Soviets, and an American student who ended up on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall at the worst possible time.

The movie was scored by the incomparable Thomas Newman, and mixed here at The Village in Studio B. Call us biased, but we think it sounds pretty incredible. “Bridge Of Spies” is another in a recent string of major motion pictures that have been worked on at The Village, and we are honored to have been a part of this masterpiece!

Check out the trailer here.

Recorded At The Village: Lizz Wright’s Album “Freedom & Surrender”

    After a 5 year break, and a departure from her former label, Lizz Wright is about to make her Concord Records debut when “Freedom & Surrender” is released on September 4th. This will be Wright’s fifth studio album, and we’re proud to say that it was recorded here at The Village, produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Larry Klein.

    With the support of an all-star band (drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Dan Lutz, percussionist Peter Korpela, guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris, and keyboardists Pete Kuzma, Kenny Banks and Billy Childs), they tracked 16 songs in 6 days – 13 of which constitute the album. The songs are all gorgeous pieces of writing that expose Wright’s raw emotions, written with such seasoned co-writers as Toshi Reagon, Jesse Harris, Larry Klein and David Batteau.

    For an album that’s not even out yet, “Freedom & Surrender” has been receiving rave reviews. NPR, The Wall Street Journal and Billboard are among countless others who are singing Wright’s (and Klein’s) praises. You can go ahead and add The Village to that list as well. We suggest you check out her version of Nick Drake’s “River Man” – It’ll give you chills that will last until the album drops this Friday. Then, be prepared to get chills all over again.

 

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