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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Why is music no longer recorded the way it used to be? [translation]
When the old fans complain about songs that have been nominated for a Grammy this year, there's a reason. It's time for the annual Grammy awards, and as always, Sunday's…

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Canned food and clones, or Where is the new classic
They say: they don't argue about tastes. To be honest, I never understood the meaning of this expression. How can you argue about tastes? "My taste is better"? "The taste…

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Monthly Archives: December 2019

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

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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Music video: five new recordings of the classics
There is, perhaps, nothing more depressing than a textbook work played stupidly on the notes with only one concern — not to mess up. As there is nothing more dreary…

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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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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…

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