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…

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Why music is no longer recorded as before?
When old music lovers complain about songs nominated for a Grammy this year, there is a reason. The time has come for the annual Grammy Award, and, as always, the…

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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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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 Neil Young at the head and audiophiles, but for now Spotify wins. Nevertheless, there are quite a few people in the world who use high-end equipment and do not stop looking for new sources of high-quality digital music.

Every day more and more stereo receivers and even mobile phones equipped with powerful DACs appear, but finding music in Hi-Res audio format is still not easy. The problem is that there are not so many digital recordings with high sampling rates and large bit depths (above 24 bit / 48 kHz).
If we talk about streaming services with high sound quality, then, in fact, the only choice is Tidal (review, MQA test). This platform has its own quirks, but it allows streaming music in 24-bit / 96 kHz format. Continue reading

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 rule, silent and calm (although very powerful physically). Do not climb anywhere. Satisfied with short solos. But when a bassist or drummer leader – it turns out something out of the ordinary.

How to start getting acquainted with the projects of drummers-leaders? I asked well-known Moscow professional drummers to name their favorite albums, and everyone, by the way, made a reservation: I don’t listen to drums, I listen to music. I also listened to their professional recommendations. It turned out a list of interesting albums – not only with killer rhythms, but also beautiful melodies!
Billy Cobham “A Funky Thide of Sings” Billy Cobham is one of the top drummers leading in jazz history. Continue reading

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

Remarkably Serious: An Interview with Spanish Brass Quintet Carlos Beneto Grau
A “rock band from brass” or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass brass quintet performed at the International Music Festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosi first appeared in Russia, and…

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Ten Christmas covers, overtaken by the originals
It is said that everything new is well forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and prepared for you a fresh selection of “bearded” Christmas hits in new arrangements,…

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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…

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In healthy skin - healthy hearing
The theory states that the brain uses a holographic coding system, so that it can multivariately encode sensory signals through all the senses. Therefore, any stimulus, like sound, for example,…

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