We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects
The time is now: endless animation, cloning and copying of rock dinosaurs of all breeds. The thesis, of course, is banal and has been repeated many times, including by me…

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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…

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Conditional Bach: four new albums of academic music
Little-known composers, significant composers and  play Bach "as it should be", according to the notes. This is the catch of June. It is gratifying when musicians fearlessly change their roles.…

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Monthly Archives: September 2018

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 FHM — “The Real Thing”. Both works, with a break of 30 years, were produced by Matt Wallace. Let’s talk about the sound of one of the most influential alternative metal bands.

In 1989, Matt Wallace already had experience with Faith No More, but was never completely happy with the result of recording due to the rather meager equipment. Friends brought him popular records as examples, of which Matt liked the work of Hugh Padham and Steve Lillywhite the most. But it was not so easy to repeat the success of cool mainstream sound artists when your prices are 12 dollars per hour, and only an 8 — track recorder and a spring reverb are available.He was not happy after finishing work on “The Real Thing”. Continue reading

“Music is a single language of the world”: interview with Mikhail Mamonov, owner of SmartAudio Studio

SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern, professional recording Studio based in Kirov and consciously focused on working with analog. About this and not only in an interview with the founder and ideologist of the project Mikhail Mamonov.

“SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern media center with perfect silence. We built a recording Studio in a picturesque suburban village far from the hustle and bustle, where there are no airports, industrial enterprises and highways, — Mikhail Mamonov begins the conversation. — But not only that, because without the Imlight project, the Studio would not have happened.”For about 30 years, almost since the company was founded, Mikhail Mamonov has been managing one of the Imlight divisions. 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…

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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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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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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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