Oxygen 88 - the new MIDI keyboard from M-Audio
M-Audio, a pioneer in the development of compact MIDI keyboards, has released a new MIDI keyboard - the 88-key graduated USB MIDI controller with a hammer mechanism. What does this…

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The best Manchester bands of all time
The expression "Manchester music" itself has become tautological, given the activity with which this city generates significant groups. An almost impossible feat is to fit the unique Manchester scene of…

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What is celtic music
Surely you have read, heard and, perhaps, even used this phrase yourself in different combinations - “Celtic music”, “Celtic music” and even “traditional Celtic music”, “folk Celtic music”, “funny Celtic…

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Mark Beaumont

Mercury Prize Winners – Where Are They Now?

The Mercury Prize ‘2015 was awarded on November 20 in London, the annual music award for the best album in the UK and Ireland. This year, its owner was the British-French artist Benjamin Clementine with the album “At Least for Now”.

Up until the ceremony of presenting the mood in the bookmakers did not cease: people made bets, wondered, the situation was heating up … But can we now remember the winner of the 2014 award? And the winner of 2013? What happens to those musicians who have been awarded all previous years? Some of them – for example, Arctic Monkeys, Suede, PJ Harvey – have paved their way to fame. Others disappeared without a trace. Let’s recall each of the Mercury Prize winners and their fate after receiving Continue reading

Interview with Foals

Journalist Lisa Forster sings the praises of Foals’ fourth album, What Went Down. This, however, does not negate the fact that when meeting with her, frontman Yannis Filippakis and guitarist Jimmy Smith were in an exceptionally crappy mood. Overdone with entertainment. Ah, there it is. But the interview, however, turned out to be entertaining. Perhaps that is why.

The problem of the famous millennium indie groups is that they often do not want to listen to their new material. As a rule, after a couple of first releases nothing more convincing appears. What are The Hives doing? Or the vines? There is probably a reason that no one knows the answers to these questions. But it is also clear that for some this fate has passed. MGMT, for example, released their best songs after “Time Continue reading

Indie labels: the best of the best

It is these labels that release interesting and unusual music. Have you ever noticed a small logo on the back of album covers of your favorite bands? This logo may be a sign of quality and good taste.

We will talk about the coolest of them: from the labels of Los Angeles and New York to the labels of London and Manchester, from Berlin and beyond.

Matador. In the history of Matador – the coolest representatives of the world of rock, indie and generally interesting music. Matador is a quality mark, in addition to this, the label builds excellent relationships with musicians, and it is with them that Interpol, Belle & Sebastian, Perfume Genius, Darkside, Cat Power, Savages, Pavement and Fucked Up work. Continue reading

Music and vocals: learning to sing
The exercises of this system are aimed at releasing the voice from tension, at developing and strengthening it, primarily as a human tool and as an actor’s tool. It is,…

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What is an overture?
Overture (from French ouverture, introduction) in music is an instrumental (usually an orchestral) play performed before the start of any performance - a theater performance, opera, ballet, motion picture, etc.,…

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Interview with Kula Shaker
20 years ago, in 1996, Kula Shaker released the album "K", which became the cult album of Britpop and was sold in 2 million copies. The fifth album "K2.0", according…

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Multiple microphones
Interference is the phenomenon of amplification of oscillations at some points in space and weakening of oscillations at other points as a result of the superposition of two or more…

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