A new decade: what will happen to the rock musicians and their fans
Over the past 5 years, the industry has managed to "bury" and "resurrect" rock music and guitar several times. It was different. We were told that rock and roll was…

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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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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…

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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

"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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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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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,…

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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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