Loud music and reaction drivers
Listening to music at high volume while driving can impair the response and lead to a traffic accident. This conclusion was made by Canadian scientists. Their research showed that it…

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Camera obscura: four new albums with classics
Let's talk about the chamber genre. Trio, quartet, quintet - that's all. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty in this field: Shostakovich's canonical quintet, Yevgeny Kissin's only…

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Why does music heal?
Almost everything that happens in nature is connected with the world of sounds. In any case, in wildlife. It can be considered proven that music affects us, plants, and animals.…

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Under the dark skies: nine dark musical genres

To write this article was not an easy task, because it contains a philosophical paradox: a person always subconsciously strove for what he most fears. The darkness of the night surrounding the Cro-Magnon in his pitiful home, around a hostile world inhabited by dangerous creatures. Dark jungle of forests, the depths of the seas and oceans. An even darker and more frightening cosmos where it is extremely difficult to survive. But the most terrifying – where will he go at the end of his path? This place in the mass consciousness has always been inhabited by terrible monsters and terrible pictures of existence there after. Well, it can’t all end like this, right? Should there be anything there? Well, here it is …

Sigmund Freud ultimately reduced all human aspirations to the dualistic principle of the struggle between two basic instincts – sexual attraction and death drive:
If we accept as non-exempt the fact that everything that lives due to internal causes dies, returns to the inorganic, then we can say: the purpose of all life is death, and, conversely, the inanimate was earlier than the living. Continue reading

Four new albums with unexpected genres

By January, many artists are preparing either albums of New Year’s songs, or something completely special, which may not even happen without a festive rush. So, both the finale of the year and the first month of 2019 pleased us with interesting findings. Here you will find veterans of the Russian rock scene with ironic songs, folk rockers with psychedelic tales, The Beatles in avant-garde costumes and Gregory Porter, reincarnated in Nat King Cole.

Yevgeny Margulis, “Here and there!” Let’s start with a big name, but not for the sake of, but for justice. In the final of last year, Evgeny Margulis released another solo album, which is so sweet and homely so blues that it would be unfair to miss it. It is believed that a few years ago, Margulis left “The Time Machine” precisely for the sake of a solo career (did anyone in the group interfere with him going to the side?). Not that he has been with albums since then, but what he is releasing is straightforward “Russian Stevie Wonder,” as one of his young associates put it. Continue reading

Will AI mastering replace real mastering engineers?

Making music is the most human and human occupation 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 musical production – from creating beats on drum machines to writing the melodies themselves, which can hardly be distinguished from people’s creations. 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 make the final track sound balanced no matter what you listen to: even in Spotify, even in iTunes, even on disk. The purpose of mastering is to create a solid, coherent musical experience, leading the listener from song to song. Continue reading

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Yevgeny Khavtan and Robert Lenz, Bravo: “Not Russian rock, but Russian twist!”
The group "Bravo" celebrated its 35th anniversary and releases an album of rare songs. We talk with band vocalist Robert Lentz and permanent leader of the band, guitarist, songwriter and…

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Frozen jazz: four December albums
Winter! Jazzmen, triumphant ... What are they doing? Yes, like everyone else - freeze and think. And they have interesting collaborations and very beautiful, chamber works. So, once again loud…

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In the dark alleys: five new jazz albums
April is full of intoxicating spirit of renewal. And this happens every year. And, thank God, for over a hundred years at this time there are new jazz albums. April…

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Yevgeny Khavtan and Robert Lenz, Bravo: “Not Russian rock, but Russian twist!”
The group "Bravo" celebrated its 35th anniversary and releases an album of rare songs. We talk with band vocalist Robert Lentz and permanent leader of the band, guitarist, songwriter and…

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