Oscars 2017 Music and Sound Winners by House of Noise

No surprises in Justin Hurwitz taking the Oscars for best Original Song and Original Score respectively at last nights 89th Academy Awards. After the success of the highly musical film, 'Whiplash" Hurwitz was enrolled by the same director Damien Chazelle for 'La La Land'. The two met in Havard playing in the same band together, later became roommates and have had a highly collaborative relationship since then. Here's 'City of Stars' from the film:

The sound mixing Oscar went to Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for the war film 'Hacksaw Ridge'. It was the 21st time O'Connell had been nominated, with a losing streak dating back to 1984 for Terms of Endearment. Here's the full backstage interview of the winners:

The sound editing Oscar went to Sylvain Bellemare for sci-fi flick 'Arrival'. The film used a lot of natural, organic sounds to create the Alien atmosphere rather than focusing on electrical and digital sound. To create voices of the aliens the sound designers blended natural sounds including birds, camels, pigs and a Maori flute. The sound of the spacecraft as it moved through the sky was made with recordings of shifting rocks and ice. Take a listen to the creepy results here:

Here at House of Noise, we have to give a shout out to our favourite losers of the Original Score category Mica Levi for 'Jackie' and Garth Davis for 'Lion' both simple and beautiful scores, the type that often gets overlooked for glitz and glamour this time of year... Have a listen to the scores below:

Positive Grid AI Drums, "The World's First Artificial Intelligence Drum App" by House of Noise

"AI Drums will be your best songwriting partner. With a few finger taps, it quickly learns your song structure, BPM, and music style. You can even change the feel of each drummer depending on your personal taste." 


Positive Grid, known for its BIAS range, has announced its new project, AI Drums, making use of the "latest AI technology". 

What Does AI Drums Do?

The software listens to you play and works out drum patterns that best suit your composition. The more you use the software, the more it adapts and learns your preferences. It uses the cloud to offer up drum patterns created by professionals, as well as those created by other Positive Grid users, all available to preview and download!

Can I Customise the Drums?

With thousands of drum kits available to download, you can change every drum component. As well as the virtual kit, you can change mic models and placements, room control, preamp and more. You can even go into further customisation of the pattern, BPM, EQ, genre, structure, and more. 

When will the AI Drums app be available?

Unfortunately, we only know that AI drums is coming soon, but you can sign up for updates from the sites here and join the beta program for a free preview. It looks like potentially a very useful tool to help the songwriting process!

Mobo Awards 2016 by House of Noise

What are the MOBO awards?

MOBO stands for Music of Black Origin and is a celebration of music inspired and/or created by black people. MOBO was founded in 1996 by CEO, Kanya King. This years award ceremony will be the MOBOs 21st birthday. There are many categories to vote in ... for a full list and all the nominations head over to https://voting.mobo.com/categories

Where can I watch the MOBOs?

The MOBOs are being shown exclusively on ITV2 on Friday 4th November. Keep up to date with #MOBOawards for announcements about who's performing live. 

Who to look out for ...

We're keeping our eye on Skepta with 3 nominations, especially after his Mercury Prize win for his album Konnichiwa earlier this year. Others who could win big are Kano and Laura Mvula who are dominating the awards with 4 nominations each, including; Best Male/Female and Best Album. 

Laura Mvula // Phenomenal Woman - Nominated Best Video

Music Documentaries on Netflix by House of Noise

What are the best music documentaries on Netflix?

Netflix has really helped boost the popularity of documentaries with the success of their original productions like Making a Murderer and Amanda Knox. Here's a list of the best music documentaries available to watch now.  

Searching for Sugar Man

This 2012 documentary charts the journey of 2 die-hard South African music lovers in their quest to discover if the rumoured death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true. Rodriguez had gained a strong following in South Africa albeit never achieving success in his native United States.  

IMDB Rating: 8.2

What Happened, Miss Simone?

An in depth look into the troubled life of the American singer, piano player and civil rights activist known as the 'High Priestess of Soul'. On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing. 

IMDB Rating: 7.6

 

Daft Punk Unchained

This BBC produced documentary offers some insight into the backstory of the highly secretive, high successful french dance duo. 

This documentary explores the two artists on a permanent quest for creativity, independence and freedom. The film combines rare archive footage as well as exclusive interviews with their closest collaborators who talk about their work with Daft Punk, including Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers and Michel Gondry.

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Janis Little Girl Blue

Narrated by musician Cat Power this documentary builds itself on letters sent by Joplin herself to friends and family. Mapping the turbulent and emotional lifestyle that made her one of the biggest singers of her lifetime. Directed by Amy Berg who produced the excellent doc West of Memphis. 

IMDB Rating: 7.4

Hello I am David

You may know the name David Helfgott from Geoffrey Rush's Oscar winning portrayal in the 1996 film 'Shine'. This film is a journey into the life of the famed Australian Pianist, his problems with mental illness and his unique views on the world of love, wonder and wisdom. 

IMBD Rating: 7.4