Beautiful Noise Documentary [Now Online]


Beautiful Noise is now for sale online via Vimeo, physical copies are being rolled out this week! The documentary has arrived a little later than early pledge backers would have liked, but nonetheless, if it wasn’t for the many years of tireless work by Eric Green (Writer/Director) & Sarah Ogletree (Producer/Editor), we wouldn’t have this fantastic piece of music history to pour over. It wasn’t an easy road for the pair, more in our interview here. No doubt ‘Beautiful Noise’ will educate and inspire a whole new generation of music makers and fans. *cue tears n’ hugs*

Beautiful Noise Documentary

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Beautiful Noise Director Eric Green Discusses Documentary Making, Kevin Shields & What’s Next [Interview]


Californian film maker Eric Green has spent almost a decade working alongside producer Sarah Ogletree to create a music documentary that explores the birth of 80s and 90s guitar rockers My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, The Jesus & Mary Chain and many more! The huge task meant coordinating more than fifty interviews, negotiating music clearances and raising funds with the help of like minded music lovers. Late last month Beautiful Noise was warmly received at its Seattle premiere. Eric continues to organise Beautiful Noise screenings on the film festival circuit and has kindly made some time available for an interview. There’s still plenty of supportive fans eager to see the film (as the home video release is still to come), hopefully this will ease the wait…

Thanks for taking the time out to chat Eric. ‘Beautiful Noise’ has finally premiered in Seattle – congratulations! How does it feel to finally share your documentary with the world?

It feels good, my producing partner Sarah and I are very proud of the film.

How did you first get started in film?

I grew up obsessively watching movies and my interest turned into writing and directing.

What inspired you to create ‘Beautiful Noise’?

I would flip channels and see documentaries about every music genre imaginable but never these groups.

You managed to assemble an amazing bunch of people for the film. Did this involve a lot of door knocking or did you have an existing network of friends to help you pull it off?

It was an impossible task. It took a lot of emails and calls and asking people for help, each interview helped us get the next one.

Given it’s been more than twenty years since the rise of My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins – it’s amazing that there isn’t more books/films about shoegaze – why do you think that is?

That is part of why I wanted to make this film. They were ahead of their time in the beginning and their music wasn’t widely circulated because of it, I think with the internet and the dedication of their fans word has spread now and they are at a sort of tipping point. I see 18 year olds walking around Amoeba music here wearing My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive shirts and that speaks volumes I think.

Can you tell us a little about what went into creating the documentary. Did you start out with interviews and then plan out a narrative?

I wrote a treatment that was the basis for the film and the story points evolved over time as we would get each interview. Ultimately Sarah and I went through all the interviews and selected clips, transcribed them and then I wrote the script which became the blueprint for the film. The documentary went through many iterations as we discovered new archival footage and the motion graphics and visual effects were designed. It was originally something like 4 hours with all interview clips. It was really hard cutting any of the clips because there are a lot of interesting aspects about these people and the music they made.

Who was the most enjoyable interviewee? Any surprises?

They were all pretty great, Kevin Shields stands out. After two years of trying to get an interview with him it happened at the last possible moment before we had to catch a flight back to the U.S. on one of our trips to the U.K. I had almost given up and then he showed up at our hotel in the middle of the night and sat down for a four hour interview. He is a really interesting guy.

Given you’re a big fan of these artists yourself, did you have any “oh wow I’m talking to…” moments?

I have interviewed a lot of famous people over the years. I make a lot of short form documentaries on the making of films and I have learned the best thing to is to try to talk to them as a friend who happens to be a great artist. I really liked meeting every person in this film, they are all extremely interesting and nuanced individuals and I found I had things in common with most of them, we were very like minded.

What were the biggest challenges putting the film together? Ten years is a long time!

Music Clearances were the biggest hurdle. There weren’t investors lining up for this film. It’s a labor of love and it couldn’t have happened any other way.

If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?

This is one of those things that could only ever happen once, and only exactly as it did or it might never have happened at all. I really had no idea how difficult it would be, in nearly every aspect.

What’s next for Eric Green? Any future projects on the horizon?

Yes, I have a lot of projects I’m working on. I have a novel coming out, I’m finishing a new script, and Sarah and I are working on ideas for a new film.

Any parting advice for budding documentary filmmakers?

Always be prepared, never give up, even when it seems like it may never happen and no one cares, don’t let the rejections get to you, just keep looking for a way until you find it. Like I said, I had no idea how hard this was going to be but I also had no idea how many people, a great many people, would see the value in it the way I do and help me to make it happen. My producing partner Sarah was a very integral part in making this film and when I started I hadn’t even met her yet. So yeah, be prepared for anything.

*Read Eric’s Beautiful Noise Film Diary @ Synesthetic Sensations*

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Beautiful Noise Premiere Announcement


After almost a year and a half in the licensing wilderness, Eric Green’s Beautiful Noise music documentary has finally got an opening date! May 31 at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle, Washington. Those that were part of the Kickstarter campaign will receive their physical copies “after the festivals, during the home video release stage”. ‘Beautiful Noise’ is Eric Green’s debut documentary, ten years in the making. The presser calls it an “exploration of the dense, sensuous, and extremely loud movement in popular music, which was pejoratively named “shoegaze” by the British press”. There’s interviews with Kevin Shields, Jim Reid, Robin Guthrie, Bobby Gillespie, Douglas Hart, Colm O’Ciosoig, Debbie Googe, Simon Raymonde, Alan Moulder, Ivo Watts-Russell, Alan McGee, Sonic Boom, Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith. Plus a score by Medicine’s Brad Laner. Very exciting news!


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Dead Leaf Echo On ‘Thought And Language’


Dead Leaf Echo are busy touring the USA on the back of their debut album ‘Thought And Language’ (available now through Neon Sigh). The New York-based trio have toured alongside Chapterhouse, The Psychedelic Furs, Ulrich Schnuass, A Place To Bury Strangers and Ringo Deathstarr among others and recently worked with John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, NIN) to mix the album. Guitarist and singer LG has taken a moment to answer a few questions about the new album, the tour and that special spot on the Beautiful Noise 20th Anniversary stage…

Your debut album ‘Thought And Language’ was released this month through Neon Sigh – congrats! What was involved in the recording process and are you happy with the result?

Cheers Jimmy. The recording process was heavily labored over almost 3 years….a bit too long for most but I wanted it to be right but we just keep going over budget while trying to tour at the same time….so it became a ping-pong back and forth of saving and spending.  As to the 2nd part of your question….I think contentment is the word to be used regarding the album….it’s time to move on to other things and get this off the chest.
Dead Leaf Echo – ‘Memory Traces’

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For those of us new to Dead Leaf Echo – how did the band begin?

The band started for fun and just artistic exercises but has survived through a lot of positive feedback and excitement over our 1st EP ‘Pale Fire” But after the 2nd EP and roughing it through the our first album it became more sheer determination and obsession to make it through.

We were formed in Manhattan as that’s where all members lived at the time but has now moved to Brooklyn over the past 5 years. All members are now located there and we rehearse there as well.

Dead Leaf Echo – ‘Kingmaker’

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Its already been a big year of shows – touring with Lorelei, The Ocean Blue and the Warlocks with more coming (Beach Fossils and the Telescopes). How has the tour been so far and what can punters expect when they see you guys live? The Beautiful Noise festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Arizona on April 27, you’re playing alongside Half String, Tennis System, Alisons Halo and more. Its an ambitious mix of newcomers and veterans – how excited are you to be there!?

Yes. This has by far been our busiest year yet and the shows have been amazing…we’ve put in more road time yet at this point than ever before I hope we can keep it up. Lorelei was amazing and the mini-tour with them was extremely satisfying. We have known them for years and those guys have such an amazing rapport with each other….it’s something that happens after playing 20 years together. Really stoked on their new record with Slumberland and glad to see that it could happen again – it picks up right where they left off. Once we got to Austin it just felt so good. We saw Experimental Aircraft (local Austin band) as soon as we got there at the Mohawk. Really amazing show and it was good to see Rachel from that band as we hadn’t seen her since our show with Chapterhouse. The Ocean Blue boys are real gems….absolutely professional and courteous. The showcase with them was a lot of fun…it’s an interesting match so I’m really excited to be playing with them again here in New York.

We’re lucky to be back out on the road with Tennis System and Slowness old west coast friends of ours and then later we have east coast shows with Heaven and Nightmare Air should also be a blast.

As far as the live show is concerned it’s a blissfest. Lights out and let the visuals take you away…..bring earplugs for the volume levels. Sensory levels taken up through the roof.

We’re dying in anticipation……This west coast tour is book-ended with 2 amazing festivals. The 1st being Part Time Punks mini-fest…with us and Beach Fossils and Half-String in one room and the Telescopes, LSD and Tennis System in the other…Brad Lerner from Medicine DJing the whole thing! It’s gonna be nutz…and so thrilled to be a part of it. It’s the best in old and new school under one roof.

Same goes for Beautiful Noise. What a tradition they’ve had in those desert festivals…with so many classic band coming together in the past we’re so elated to be on this bill not mention it being the 20th anniversary….What’s even more insane and on a another level is that we will be backing up Scott Cortez’s project Astrobrite (an old Beautiful Noise fave band). San Francisco, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Tucson – it’s gonna be a ride. Thanks – LG

Visit Dead Leaf Echo online @ Neon Sigh @ Soundcloud @ Facebook / Tickets for Beautiful Noise here.

Half String – ‘Shell Life’


Arizona’s Half String haven’t performed at home since 1997 but later this month the noise pop vets will mark their homecoming by performing at the 20th Anniversary of the Beautiful Noise festival! The event is on at The Hollywood Alley in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday April 27 with a line-up including Astrobrite, Dogshow, Dead Leaf Echo, Tennis System and Cassiopeia (get tickets). ‘Shell Life’ (free download) comes from Half String’s ’96 LP ‘A Fascination With Heights‘.

Half String – ‘Shell Life’

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‘Beautiful Noise’ [Documentary]

“They didn’t sell a lot of records, but everyone that heard them started a band”…that’s the tag line for ‘Beautiful Noise‘, a music documentary encompassing 80s and 90s guitar bands including Cocteau Twins, The Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. While the docu has already been made, the makers need your help to get it distributed. Since ‘Beautiful Noise’ hit Kickstarter late last week fans have been quick to jump on board and pledge their support but there’s a long way to go to reach target. Sure, its not World Vision, but if you’ve ever been inspired by any of these artists please lend a hand via Kickstarter today.


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