Tales for adults: four new albums with unexpected genres
By January, many artists are preparing either albums of new year's songs, or something very special that may not work without the festive hype. So, both the final of the…

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Musical anhedonia, or Not everyone likes music [translation]
To the sides of both unmanned spacecraft with the same name "Voyager" (eng. Voyager), launched in 1977, are attached identical round aluminum boxes with gold-plated disks on which images are…

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Melody of the Universe: how the Soviet "father of electronics" created a cosmic musical instrument
This, without exaggeration, unique musical unit could not be attributed to any type of instrument. Moreover, the melody that he plays after a couple of mysterious passes with his hands…

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Live season: five new jazz albums

It has always been assumed that summer is the dead season in the record usinessb. All high-profile / significant releases are traditionally planned for the beginning of autumn,and then-for the new year. In short, the first period — when students return from vacation, the second-when people are preparing to celebrate and give everything in a row. Thank God, now no one really saves anything: there is material-it is released. Worthy music will find its audience in any season.

August and the beginning of September pleased us with jazz — generally speaking, any jazz. From old-school “cool” to all sorts of modernist things, from complex crowded Studio projects to minimalist hot “Zhivago”. Even the title to this review is difficult to come up with, so different everything is. But all five releases have something in common, namely, filling old forms with new content. And this is a worthy jazz super-task — in any season. Continue reading

A place in the sun: five albums with a non-trivial interpretation of jazz and classical music
The American Kronos Quartet — one of the most famous chamber groups-released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they…

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Madonna's discography as a mirror of digital recording evolution
Madonna's first albums coincided with the distribution of CDs on the market and her subsequent works clearly show how priorities changed in recording. Let's look at them in more detail.…

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1/2 Orchestra: "sound Engineers, treat wind instruments correctly, learn to record them»
At one of the presentations of the Schiit technique, I included a couple of tracks from the long-familiar Moscow brass band 1/2 Orchestra, and the audience was surprised at how…

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Madonna's discography as a mirror of digital recording evolution
Madonna's first albums coincided with the distribution of CDs on the market and her subsequent works clearly show how priorities changed in recording. Let's look at them in more detail.…

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