Slowdive photo by Matt Anker
Cocteau Twins photo by Kevin Davies
Beautiful Noise is the first-ever documentary about one of the most influential, underground music movements of the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself. Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago, how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Featuring members of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Swervedriver, Lush, Curve, Pale Saints, Seefeel, AR Kane, and Medicine. Also featuring Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith.
The film premiered May 31, 2014 at the Seattle International Film Festival and Internationally June 8, 2014 at the Sheffield International Film Festival and screened in more than 20 festivals worldwide, including the Don’t Knock the Rock Festival in Los Angeles and as the Opening Night selection for the Sound + Vision Festival at Lincoln Center.
Created by filmmakers Eric Green (Writer/Director) & Sarah Ogletree (Producer/Editor) and their production company HypFilms, Beautiful Noise is a DIY, indie film and passion project.
“How can guitar clang amped up to the point of pain feel so much like bliss? How can ungodly slabs of feedback become such an addictive thrill? That’s the question behind Beautiful Noise: the definitive story of a moment when a host of rock dreamers aimed for the sky and broke on through.”
- Rob Sheffield, Writer, Rolling Stone; Author, Love is a Mix Tape
"Beautiful Noise, is an aural gift." - Siran Babayan, LA Weekly
"A rare music documentary is one which is as visually inspired as its soundtrack. Beautiful Noise sails and moves as elegantly as the music we love in the film." - Allison Anders, Don't Knock The Rock
"Beautiful Noise was the perfect opener to Sound + Vision, reigniting the excitement of discovering a new music phenomenon." - Isa Cucinotta, Film Society of Lincoln Center
"A fascinating film that features a plethora of previously unseen interviews and live footage with many of the scene's main protagonists. With so many highlights to choose from it's a must-see for anyone with even the slightest interest in the genre and its leading lights." - Dom Gourlay, Drowned In Sound
"The sheer massive wash of rare vid clips and sounds from the many bands here drives its way into your brain, making you literally feel the import of a sound and scene that continues to grow in influence. Plus, who knew Robert Smith was so pleasantly chatty?" - Eric Davidson, Managing Editor, CMJ.com; singer, New Bomb Turks
"This music is very emotionally attached to people of my generation. It's a small film but it has potential to be quite big." - Hussain Currimbhoy, Sheffield Doc Fest
"A beautiful and loving introduction to the genre." - Janice Headley, KEXP
"A must-see for any self-respecting fan of the genre." - Oliver Lunn, Grolsch Film Works
"This doc is a nostalgic walk down memory lane." - Dustin Chang, Twitch
The Jesus and Mary Chain photo by Mike Laye
Ride with Robert Smith photo by Martyn Goodacre
My Bloody Valentine photo by Matt Anker
"Culturally, it was one of the most successful movements of the last 40 years." - Robert Smith in Beautiful Noise