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…

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Classics from contemporaries: five new albums of academic music
Hits of concert halls and premiere recordings of little-known composers. Young virtuosos are nuggets and collectives with a century-old history. Baroque, reminiscent of minimalism. So, we continue our review of…

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Freaking out in earnest: interview with Carlos Beneto Grau of the Spanish Brass quintet
"Rock band from the wind" or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass wind quintet from Barcelona performed at the international music festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosos first appeared in…

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Monthly Archives: October 2018

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 well they were recorded, especially for the Russian band. Since then, I wanted to ask the guys about the nuances of recording wind instruments, how they came to live in an embrace with copper, about a variety of music, physical media, as well as about their side project Half Live.

There are six people in “Polorkestra”: Roman Shilepin plays first of all on the saxophone, Sergey” Sonic ” Burkov is most often found with a tuba, Ramil Shamsutdinov — with a trombone, Sergey Kashkin — with a trumpet. 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 play Riley’s music all their lives, and, for example, their album “Terry Riley: Requiem for Adam” is a masterpiece about love and pain… But then something strange and unusual was done. Let’s also remember other albums that sound either strange classics, or “normal”, but in an unusual refraction. Thank God that classical recording has its own bullies!

Kronos Quartet “Terry Reily: Sun Rings” Actually, let’s start with the “Kronos”, who have spent their entire long career either performing innovative music, or mixing it with ethnics, rock, jazz of Thelonious monk or bill Evans, and so on.Terry Riley is one of the Quartet’s favorite authors. Continue reading

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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Jazz together: six bright duet albums
Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, dueling soloists, a meandering rhythm section, and so on. But not always the more the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves,…

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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…

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Full of boxes: new box sets of classical music
There are two difficult situations in life: when you can not think of what to give, and when you can not think of what to write about a classic release-except…

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