Hi! We’re really excited to be doing an AMA here on Reddit. Our documentary Beautiful Noise is the first-ever documentary about one of the most influential, underground music movements of the 20th century. It is the story of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine and how their groundbreaking music inspired generations of bands.

You can view the movie trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2b-K-k3EM

We got to interview lots of music legends for the documentary; band members from Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints as well as AR Kane and Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith.

Today 24th October it’s screening at CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival New York http://www.cmj.com/news/cmj-2014-announces-panels-including-slowdive-qa/

This Sunday 26th October Beautiful Noise is having its Irish Premiere at the Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin, Ireland – you can find out more here:http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/portfolio/beautiful-noise-irish-film-premiere/

And Sunday 26th October it’s also screening at IN EDIT Barcelona Spain http://www.in-edit.org/webapp/pelicula;jsessionid=3fhswra3w7b9?peli_id=1109&ed_id=14

Please Ask Us Anything!

Proof from our twitter account: https://twitter.com/hypfilms/status/525633700953067520

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Feedbackr7 karma

Hello, big fan of shoegaze and really looking forward to the release of A Beautiful Noise, congratulations! I have 2 questions.
1) Were there any particularly great resources (e.g. books/interviews) that you guys might have studied or read up on the genre before the documentary was being made?
2) Did if any of the musicians in the documentary surprised you guys in terms of their interview responses or conduct?

BeautifulNoise9 karma

Actually the reason we made the doc was because there was no book or film or cohesive story about this incredible music. We structured it so that it allows the musicians to tell the story. I think in terms of influences for us it was other filmmakers like Ken Burns, Jonathan Caouette, Adam Curtis, etc.

rupe336 karma

I've always found it hard to describe this genre of sound, and it seems most of the bands involved don't really like the s-word ("shoegaze") to describe their music.

What word or words are proving more agreeable to the makers of this genre of music?

BeautifulNoise4 karma

Not sure there is one consensus from the musicians themselves. We are finding the term 'noise guitar' to be a better fit though when we talk about it.

darraghd5 karma

Hi folks, congrats on the film firstly. Good luck with it!

Why did you make this film?

I know that may seem like a strange question but I'd imagine this is a film very much for the fans, so it might be difficult to get funding for or awareness out about. You could have picked millions of things to make a documentary about, so why this?

BeautifulNoise3 karma

It was a topic that really interested us, and yes very difficult to make. The doc ultimately took on the theme of art for art vs art for profit.

darraghd3 karma

Do you mind me asking though why it really interested you? Were you into the music? Did you see something about it that made you think "That would be a good film subject" or is it something else entirely?

BeautifulNoise3 karma

Definitely into the music and also thought it should be documented. Grew up listening to these bands and the genre is so influential, it just keeps going.

CertainStars4 karma

When can we expect a home video release?

BeautifulNoise2 karma

soon we think

designerist3 karma

Wow, you interviewed a lot of people for this - was there anyone you really wanted to interview but couldn't get - or, was there anyone you got to interview that ultimately didn't make it into the film? Thanks in advance.

BeautifulNoise2 karma

Yes, William Reid, Liz Frazer, Lou Reed, Jonny Greenwood, Brian Eno, and others, but we did end up with over 50 interviews...

designerist3 karma

Wow, well done - was it a case of just bad timing for some of the people you requested or did people prefer not to do it?

BeautifulNoise2 karma

Yeah, well some were just not into being interviewed, others were not available.

Spruce-Moose3 karma

What do you think about today's music of a similar ilk? Do you enjoy the way this kind of sound has evolved and spread into other genres over the years?

BeautifulNoise2 karma

Yes, we are fans of many of the bands playing now and feature several in the film (i.e. Weekend, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Grouper, Pure X, I Break Horses...) It's cool to hear it expanding into other genres. There are millions of possibilities.

tenshot3 karma

Fantastic to see so much background detail on this period of music, much neglected previously! Looking forward to seeing the whole film.

How did you find the whole Kickstarter process for getting funding to release the film? Would you change anything if doing it again?

BeautifulNoise3 karma

Thanks, yeah, we love Kickstarter. I think if we had a crystal ball we would have known it was going to take quite a bit longer to get the film finished. Kickstarter is a great platform for indie art projects to get made. The only problem is that making something like this can take an unknown amount of time.

granthalliday3 karma

Are there plans to release the film on DVD/Blu-ray? If so, what timeframe can we expect for that?

BeautifulNoise3 karma

Yes, we are currently working on that.

granthalliday3 karma

Is there another genre of music or a particular artist that you would like to make a film about?

BeautifulNoise3 karma

We have lot of ideas for other projects, we are developing a few of them. There is so much great underground music and art out there.

rupe333 karma

Ditto on the video release question - and will there be scads of extras (interviews, performances?) that perhaps did not fit into the cut of the film?

[Am still floating from seeing Slowdive here in DC Wednesday!]

BeautifulNoise2 karma

We are working on the home video release. There's a lot of things that seem like they would be easy about Distribution that are ridiculously complicated. That's great that you got to see Slowdive, they're amazing live. Something we really love about this music is how it affects us, it's very emotional and connected. It articulates feelings you can't put into words.

zedd773 karma

After spending so long making this doc, you must be pretty drained.

What are you planning to do next?

BeautifulNoise2 karma

Yes, we're exhausted, but it's still happening. It's a long road with any project when you really care about it. We have a lot of ideas and a few things we are developing to do next.

The16Points3 karma

Two questions: Where/how did you draw the line on what would be considered shoegaze? It appears (in a good way) that you've kept it broad enough to include acts like JAMC and Americans like Medicine. Some might also include the Swirlies in such a list, or even go back to Sonic Youth as godfathers of shoegaze. Were there bands that you said, "Nope, we aren't calling this shoegaze" or "You know, this is borderline, but we're including them"?

Also, does the film include interviews with current shoegaze-ish acts like Asobi Seksu?

Thanks! I'm really excited to see this doc!

BeautifulNoise3 karma

The genre covers a lot of bands, not all are in the film. We mainly focused on the UK origins.

jinksdub3 karma

Which of the bands would you like to see reform that have broken up? I never got to see Ride live but saw Lush, Cure, Swervedriver, MBV before and the Cure a few times. Great list of bands and good luck with film.

BeautifulNoise5 karma

Would also love to see the Mary Chain with the original line up - Jim, William, Bobby, & Douglas.

BeautifulNoise4 karma

Cocteau Twins, Ride, Lush, Flying Saucer Attack [it will be the 20th anniversary of Further next year]

BeautifulNoise2 karma

Thanks everyone its been fun. You can visit www.beautifulnoisedocumentary.com for updates and news about the doc.

tomisthemovie2 karma

Does the film cover the C-86 movement in much detail (ie the Shop Assistants, Galaxie 500 etc)?

BeautifulNoise3 karma

No but a C86 doc should be made

aaronjsnow2 karma

What's happened to the music reviewers that effectively killed off the original wave of shoegaze bands? Now that "shoegaze" has been shown to have a wide ranging and long lived effect on music culture (as opposed to Britpop, which was a flash in the pan), have these reviewers had to eat their words? I'd be interested to hear if you were able to get in touch with any of those idiot british press writers.

BeautifulNoise3 karma

LOL. Most people don't admit to being wrong they kind of act like it never happened. Most of them moved onto other endeavors.

furlonr32 karma

I love all of these bands! Who was your favourite person to interview?

BeautifulNoise7 karma

They were all really cool. Jim Reid, Kevin Shields, Robert Smith, Toni Halliday come to mind.

l7xcel2 karma

Hi looking forward to this film, are there any screenings in Scotland? And is there any mention of the great 'Meat Whiplash' in the film?

BeautifulNoise3 karma

Hi, no screenings scheduled at the moment for Scotland. Meat Whiplash are not in the film, cool band though.