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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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Music constructs the brain
Brain scans allowed scientists to discover how years of musical practice are changing the minds of professional musicians. So, it was shown that the brain of musicians in certain areas…

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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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Listen to video game soundtracks while you work.

I write this text, and in my ears there is a sound of triumphal pipes, pouring into the rhythmic rumblings of the violins. You know, you will read my article – turn on this track, find “Battlefield One”. You will focus a little better if he plays with the background, I promise. In the end, video game soundtracks are aimed precisely at this.

In general, at the moment this is the best life advice I received – listen to music from video games if you need to concentrate. Continue reading

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 combining wisdom with the drive, and thoughtfulness with entertainment. We present four new albums by cool artists, in which this balance is present to one degree or another.

Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles “Heart Songs” Here, at first glance, everything is simple. Continue reading

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. The purpose of the Voyager mission is to present us to possible aliens and show the diversity of living beings and the culture of planet Earth.

“The spacecraft will turn on the phonogram if it encounters advanced civilizations in interstellar space. The moment of reproduction of this “bottle” in the cosmic ocean will become a very exciting and encouraging message about life on our planet, ”Karl Sagan was sure. 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.

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Any kind of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes

Jazz sound recording met with spring redeployment of forces. There are projects with unexpected concepts, which seem to have nothing to do with music. New curious supergroups appear, and the old ones shake up the compositions, reconsider their views and simply do not stand still. Like March snow.

Jeremy Pelt “Jeremy Pelt the Artist” Portrait of a musician as an artist – a concept album by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Continue reading

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Music and the brain of a child
According to numerous studies, the use of music as an additional sensory flow greatly improves the speech function in children of preschool age. Any activity, in particular, intellectual, is provided…

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Conditional Bach: Four New Academic Music Albums
Little-known composers, significant composers and jazzmen, playing Bach "as it should," according to the notes. Such is the catch of June. It is gratifying when musicians fearlessly change their roles.…

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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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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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