Let’s talk about modern music. What is generally considered contemporary: everything that cannot be called “classics”, or works by contemporary composers written according to strict academic standards, or maybe just everything that still causes any interest? Whatever the case, sometimes we can watch how yesterday’s avant-garde artists become living classics, and pop hits migrate to the repertoire of academic groups. Continue reading
The old-timers of our portal will probably not remember that the hero of my interviews would be a writer-actor-musician and, at the same time, a music lover who is always looking for something new and loves vinyl. Such characters, probably, do not exist – as I thought, until I met Gregory the Servant, a real man of the Renaissance. Gregory is an actor in the Studio of Theater Arts, author of the bestselling book Days of Savely, nominated for prestigious literary prizes and a musician who often performs in clubs with interesting cover programs. Continue reading
At one of Schiit’s technology presentations, I included a couple of tracks of the 1/2 Orchestra Moscow breaststroke I had long known to me, and those present were surprised at how well, especially for the Russian team, they were recorded. Since then, I wanted to ask the guys about the nuances of wind recordings, about how they generally came to life in an embrace with copper, about a variety of music, physical media, as well as about their side project Half Live. Continue reading
The American Kronos Quartet, one of the most famous chamber groups, released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they play Riley’s music all their lives, and, for example, their album “Terry Riley: Requiem for Adam” is a masterpiece of love and pain … But then they created something strange and not characteristic of anyone. Let us recall at the same time other albums where either a strange classic or “normal” sounds, but in an unusual refraction. Thank God that classical recording has its own hooligans! Continue reading
“Music is a single language of the world”: interview with the owner of SmartAudio studio Mikhail Mamonov
SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern, professional recording studio based in Kirov and consciously focused on working with an analogue. About this and not only in an interview with the founder and ideologist of the project Mikhail Mamonov.
“SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern media center with perfect silence. “We built a recording studio in a picturesque suburban village, away from the hustle and bustle, where there are no airports, industrial enterprises and highways,” begins the conversation, Mikhail Mamonov. “But not only that, because without the Imlight project the studio would not have happened.” For about 30 years, almost since the founding of the company, Mikhail Mamonov has been managing one of the Imlight divisions. Continue reading