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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Blues for a better life: five bluesmen for the advanced listener
Dom Martin, a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Belfast, Ireland, talks about the essence of Blues and non — obvious masterpieces. In the summer, Dom Martin, a well — known…

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Alexei Syumak: "Beautifully drawn musical scores and sound beautiful!»
Composers are rapidly getting younger. And use unusual tools, strokes and harmonies. I was personally convinced of this by the review of young talents at the Winter International Art Festival…

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Will be replaced by Lee AI-mastering is real mastering engineers?

Making music is the most human and human activity in the world, but in recent years artificial intelligence has also begun to play on this field. Algorithms are involved in almost every stage of music production-from creating beats on drum machines to writing the melodies themselves, which can hardly be distinguished from the creations of people. Now AI is starting to work in mastering, and this raises the question of the need to use qualified specialists in one of the most difficult areas of music production.

Mastering is the final step in post-processing audio, and its task is to ensure that the final track sounds balanced regardless of what you listen to it on: even in Spotify, even in iTunes, even on disk. Continue reading

Nineties without Linden: seven great forgotten songs

The initiators of the Alice in Chains grunge will come to Moscow in the summer. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style “Facelift”, and in 1992 AIC released the Swan song of grunge — the album”Dirt”. In General, there were many musical breakthroughs, discoveries and shocks that year. Something has been forgotten, but it seems that the 90s are with us for a long time.

From the point of view of show business, the main achievement of the nineties, probably, is that almost any non-commercial music has learned to make commercial. “Reposition”, in the language of marketing textbooks. Continue reading

Listen to video game soundtracks while you work

As I write this text, I can hear the sound of triumphant pipes mingling with the rhythmic notes of violins. You know, if you read my article, turn on this track and find “Battlefield One”. You’ll focus a little better if it plays in the background, I promise. After all, this is what video game soundtracks are aimed at.

Actually, at this point, this is the best life advice I’ve received — listen to music from video games if you need to concentrate. After all, this is a special genre of music created in order to enhance the sensations and, at the same time, stay somewhere in the background, in the subcortex of the brain. It should engage and engage the player without distracting them. Continue reading

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 applied. The goal of the Voyager mission is to introduce us to possible extraterrestrials and show the diversity of life and culture on planet Earth.

“The spacecraft will turn on the phonogram if it encounters advanced civilizations in interstellar space. Continue reading

On the rage of the day: four new jazz albums

Jazzmen-in principle, people are not indifferent to everything in life (and to what will happen after it). Otherwise, they are not jazz musicians. That, however, does not prevent them from combining wisdom with drive, and thoughtfulness with entertainment. We present four new albums by cool artists that have this balance in one way or another.

Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles “Heart Songs” Here at first glance everything is simple. Continue reading

"As if he doesn't do anything": about the Billy Ailish phenomenon
Why should serious adult music fans respect an eighteen-year-old American pop star? Sort out. Not a day goes by without news of Billy Irish. Yes, it is Ailish: "who-what" -…


Love in all its forms: five new albums by young indie rockers
Everyone has long known that rock and roll is dead. However, this guy has an amazing ability to revive to life, like a Phoenix from the ashes. And he does…


All sorts of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes
Jazz recording met the spring with a regrouping of forces. Projects come out with unexpected concepts that don't seem to have anything to do with music. New interesting supergroups appear,…


Summing up: Russian jazz in 2018
It is difficult to divide music into years, especially to sum up some results for a certain period of time. Music is too Grand to be measured in days, even…