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.


Live From The Village: The Arcs

Dan Auerbach, lead vocalist and guitarist of The Black Keys, recently announced his new side project, The Arcs. Their debut album, “Yours, Dreamily” (set to be released Sept. 4th via Nonesuch Records), was written and recorded collaboratively – Dan shares the spotlight with members Richard Swift, Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Morshon, Kenny Vaughan and the women of Mariachi Flor De Toloache, with all of the musicians switching roles both instrumentally and vocally.

The Village had the privilege of recording The Arcs’ first official media appearance, where they tracked and filmed 3 of their songs live for KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic, and several other programs. The band was so tight, you’d never know it was only their 3rd time playing together live!

The session was engineered by The Village’s own audio engineers, Ghian Wright and Matt Dyson. Check out the videos here!

Mixed At The Village – Fantastic Four

The new Fantastic Four movie is out, and it’s the first major motion picture to be mixed on our brand new Avid S6 control surface, recently installed in Studio F. Scored by Phillip Glass, the mix was done here at The Village by legendary British engineer John Kurlander. Kurlander is probably best known for his engineering and mixing work on Lord Of The Rings: “Fellowship Of The Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “Return Of The King”. He took home three consecutive Grammys for Best Score Soundtrack Album, and 3 consecutive TEC Awards for Best Film Sound Production. Not a bad captain for the S6’s motion picture maiden voyage, as it were. It was quite a treat getting to watch Kurlander work his magic on the S6, and we can’t wait to see what he comes in with next!

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