Impressionism in music
The classic expression "musical impressionism" found in the work of C. Debussy; his features also appeared in the music of M. Ravel, P. Duke, F. Schmitt, J. J. Roger-Ducas and…

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Ballad
A ballad is a narrative of a fantastic or dramatic nature. The word itself comes from the Italian "ball", which means to dance. Once upon a time ballads were called…

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Music in your head

Before modern neuroimaging techniques were developed, researchers studied the musical abilities of the brain, observing patients (including famous composers) with various disruptions in their activity due to injury or stroke. So, in 1933, the French composer Maurice Ravel developed symptoms of local brain degeneration, a disease that is accompanied by atrophy of certain sections of brain tissue. The composer’s mental abilities did not suffer: he remembered his old works and played scales well. But he could no longer compose music. Speaking about his alleged opera “Joan of Arc”, Ravel confessed: “Opera is in my head, I hear it, but I will never write it. It’s over. I am no longer able to compose music.” He died four years after an unsuccessful neurosurgical operation. The history of his illness gave rise to the idea among scientists that the brain is devoid of a specialized music center. Continue reading

Why and in what situations need a quality product

“Good quality” – this, for example, included the modern song of Madonna, and then his song. If you do not lose or practically do not lose – then the quality is good. That is, compare with the model standard so to speak. Although sometimes people have weak ears or increased self-esteem. Then bad quality seems good. And sometimes the opposite: so self-critical person that any quality seems bad to him. Here, rather, he does not like the way he plays or sings, even after a studio correction and treatments. Here is the way out – go and improve your technique of performance.
You can often find slogans like: “good quality is not necessary for a demo”, “this is an underground (garage) album and it does not require good quality”, “this is a low-budget advertisement, it will come down in any capacity” and so on. Continue reading

About different sound engineers (sound producers)

If the sound engineer to whom you came, believes that there is a set of laws in the art of sound recording, and he is one of the elect who know them – run away from there. I reviewed a lot of literature and films on the techniques of mixing and mastering. I saw a huge number of obvious mistakes, but I repeat: There are no rules in art. As a result, some “errors” give a better result than “by the rules”. From all this it follows: do not become a lover of the “rules” yourself, let the sound producer do the work, do not put a cross on it. In the end, he may surprise you. Continue reading

Sounds that do not exist
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…

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Romance
The word romance takes us to the Middle Ages in Spain. In those days, in addition to the everyday ordinary language, there was another - Latin. Scientists wrote books on…

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Overture
Overture in music is an instrumental (usually orchestral) piece, performed before the beginning of any performance - a theatrical performance, an opera, a ballet, a movie, etc., or a one-part…

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