Oscar success: UK cutting-edge music technology in the mix

Innovate UK

February 28
12:42 2017

The Dalston-based music companys innovative Seaboard GRAND has gained widespread attention with La La Land, dominating the film and television awards season for its soundtrack.

ROLI has revolutionised the piano keyboard by replacing white and black keys with a continuous, touch-responsive surface. Its keywaves are sensitive to initial strike force, pressure and leftright finger placement.

The instrument is used in a seminal scene with Ryan Goslings character, Sebastian, joining a band fronted by musician John Legend. It marks the upturn of his career as thejazz purist comes to accept that the music he loves needs to evolve to gain a broader audience and survive.

As well as the Oscar, the film won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score and British Academy Film Award for Best Film Music.

Support from Innovate UK

Innovate UK has a long history with ROLI. We first supported the company on research and development for the technology that underpins the Seaboard. ROLI has also received grants from Innovate UK for further projects, including proof of concepts and prototyping.We continue to work with the team today.

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