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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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…

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A selection of online stores with hi-res music
The transition from MP3 to Hi-Res music with a quality higher than CD has not yet become a mainstream phenomenon. Companies like Sony would like this, some rock stars with…

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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 archival research, unexpected duets and bold treatment of the classics.
November »The famous Polish composer, pianist and festival organizer, Krzysztof Kobylinski, collaborates with many American jazz stars: everyone is delighted with his music. This is said by Randy Brecker, and Mike Stern … It is clear that Polish jazz has deep and powerful roots – I’m generally silent about classics — history and so on. It is more important that it is completely European in spirit – coldish, melodious, academically accurate and ethnically spiritual. In this sense, Kobylinski and the Frenchman Eric Truffaz combine perfectly … he is a soloist here, which happens to him infrequently. Continue reading

Sound Genesis and Music Carrier: Ummagma Group Unveils Maps

Summarizing the sound quality of the audio system, our listeners are often forced to guess and speculate what the artist “actually wanted to say” on a particular phonogram. Today we have a unique opportunity. Meet the indie duo Ummagma will tell you first-hand how the music arises and the album is recorded.

Reference: Ummagma is Alexander Kretov and Shauna MacLarnon. In the project, Alexander is responsible for the iron, and Shona sings. In addition, MacLarnon is responsible for the small but agile agency Shameless Promotion, which helps with PR many musicians, including indie veterans like Christina Hersh or Stephen Laurie. The couple now lives in Canadian Peterborough, raising a child. June 21, Ummagma will be released next work «Compass». 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 recording with the Emerson String Quartet, as well as the completely non-chamber, Rabelaisian Bruckner.

Chamber music is considered the most difficult genre, and for all. The composer has to invent something to make a dense text for a small number of instruments. Musicians – to play perfectly and to the limit, because there is no one to hide behind. Listener – to follow all the lines, because here every note is like a word in a short story. But in this genre real masterpieces are born. Continue reading

Spring, love, dance: four new jazz albums
For some mysterious reason, Russian jazz albums come out in waves. And it is clear that domestic labels (there are two, four in total?) Have no collusion, just as there…

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Auditory therapy of A.Tomatis
Approximately 40 years ago, the French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis made some amazing discoveries that triggered the development of the Tomatis method. This method has various names: “auditory learning,” “auditory arousal,”…

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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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