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.

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