Classics from contemporaries: five new albums of academic music
Hits of concert halls and premieres of little-known composers. Young virtuosos, nuggets and groups with a century of history. Baroque, reminiscent of minimalism. So, we continue the review of modern…

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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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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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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

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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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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At the limit of hearing
The French otolaryngologist, Alfred Tomatis, was the first to systematically investigate the effect on the human psyche of high-frequency sounds. According to his theory, a child, floating in an amniotic…

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On the topic of the day: four new jazz albums
Jazzman - in principle, people are not indifferent to everything in life (and what will happen after it). Otherwise, they are not jazzmen. Which, however, does not prevent them from…

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