Stars light up: four new jazz albums
I want to be fashionable. To be in the topic, in the trend and in the topic of what trends - the topic. Therefore, your columnist turned his eyes on…

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Sounds that energize the brain
“Some sounds work just as well as a couple of cups of coffee,” says Alfred Tomatis, an eminent French hearing expert. This means that we can use music as a…

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Music video: five new recordings of the classics
No, perhaps, nothing is more melancholy than a textbook, played stupidly on notes with only one care - not to fix. As there is nothing more depressing than a modern…

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Sounds that do not exist

Let’s listen to a tape recording of sacred music – Tibetan monks or Gregorian singing. If you listen, you can hear how the voices merge, forming one pulsating tone.

This is one of the most interesting effects inherent in some musical instruments and a chorus of people singing in about the same key — the formation of beats. When voices or instruments converge in unison, the beats slow down, and when they diverge, they accelerate. Continue reading

Strengthening cathartic experiences with music

One glance at a person who has in his memory a painful experience, actualized in the present, is enough to determine the presence of this experience. Usually, a person tries to hide an emotion that is struggling towards realization, perhaps interpreting it as negative.

But the tensions that arise in a person who suppresses his emotions help to destroy the “primary essence”, which increases the alienation peculiar to most people from themselves and others (Lowen, 1975). According to Lowen, the “primary essence” is the pleasure of life, the source of which is freedom of movement and the absence of tension in the body. Continue reading

Mozart effect

Listening to Mozart’s music enhances our brain activity. After listening to Mozart, people responding to the standard IQ test demonstrate an increase in intelligence.

This phenomenon discovered by some scientists was called the “Mozart effect.” Far-reaching conclusions were immediately drawn from it, especially with regard to the education of children, whose first three years of life were proclaimed decisive for their future intelligence.

This theory received such a strong public response that Mozart’s CDs, with the appropriate recommendations of parents, hit the very beginning of the bestseller lists, and the Governor of the US state of Georgia presented a Mozart CD to each new mother in his staff. Continue reading

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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Drummer on the hunt: five albums of leading drummers according to professionals
Most of all music jokes - about drummers and bass players. The rhythm section is an eternal source for exercises in homebrew humor. They themselves - the guys, as a…

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Musical anhedonia, or not everyone loves music
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 applied.…

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Sounds that energize the brain
“Some sounds work just as well as a couple of cups of coffee,” says Alfred Tomatis, an eminent French hearing expert. This means that we can use music as a…

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