In dark alleys: five new jazz albums
April is full of the intoxicating spirit of renewal. And it happens every year. And, thank God, for more than a hundred years, new jazz albums have been released at…

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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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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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Monthly Archives: January 2018

American experts named the best and worst infotainment systems of car radio

A popular American analytical magazine compiled a traditional report that collected the best and worst infotainment systems that appeared on the market in the latest car models. To compile the rating, experts had to interview more than 60 thousand respondents, of whom only 56 percent were completely satisfied with the performance of car systems.

According to the American publication Consumer Reports, which conducts comparative tests of consumer goods and services based on user responses, the best automotive infotainment system can be considered “IVI”. This system is currently installed on Tesla cars. It is a rare case when 86 percent of the respondents surveyed turned out to have the equipment. Continue reading

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 is so amazing that it is called alien. And the biography of its inventor is full of riddles and rumors. All this is about the theremin-an amazing musical instrument, and its author Lev Theremin.
Lev theremin is rightly considered an avant-gardist and pioneer of electronics. And he lived a long, eventful life, covering, in fact, all the historical and political periods of the changeable 20th century. However, keeping faith with science, theremin did not pay attention to external vicissitudes, until his last days he was engaged in electronics. Continue reading

Drummer on the hunt: five albums of drummers-leaders according to professionals
Most of the musicians ' jokes are about drummers and bassists. The rhythm section is an eternal source for exercises in homegrown humor. Themselves they-guys, typically, silent and calm (although…

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Faith No More "The Real Thing": a thing for all time
After a long pause, the band Faith No More reunited to record "Sol Invitus", but this year we would like to celebrate the anniversary of the most punchy album of…

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"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" -…

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Unknown about Miles and more
"The critics were still not up to me, but my albums were in demand. This was evident, if only because around this time Bob Weinstock, on Prestige, gave me $…

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