I really don’t know how objective my subjective pessimism is, but the ghost of a certain decline has stubbornly seemed to me for the past few years. Atrophy of musical perception? Decadence? Satiety? Perhaps the last. I recall one of Murphy’s laws: “The sum of the mind on the planet is a constant value, but the population is growing.” Paradoxical as it may seem, but perhaps from the general “Internetization” of the musical space, coupled with the increasing degree of accessibility of musical creation to the average layman, we no less lost than we won.
It’s bad when the Artist has no canvas and paints, they will tell me. Even worse, when every mediocrity has brushes and an easel, I object. As one of the laws of biology states, each population, which is an organic part of the Continue reading
Many may rightly argue that the great advantage of sampled, electronic drums is that they don’t force you to use ‘realistic’ rhythmic patterns or drum sounds. Most dance music, for example, is created using incredibly fast, accurate patterns and sounds that have only the most superficial relation to something that can be reproduced by hitting a stretched drum skin with a wooden drumstick. The ability to create rhythms by programming, layer by layer and step by step, of course, offers great scope for imagination and freedom from technical and sound restrictions imposed when it is necessary to play and record a real drummer.
However, it happens that the sound and feeling of a real drum part is required, and circumstances – time, place, lack of funds or lack of a drummer – force people who themselves do not play the drums to “rattle” something in the sequencer. And, although the sequencer part will never be a perfect imitation, there are many things you can do to make it seem more convincing. Continue reading
Many years ago they made a musical revolution, and since then all modern musicians have been praying for them: from DURAN DURAN and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, to Madonna and PRODIGY. They created their own universe, a mechanical electronic universe, and they are the gods of this music, and maybe, by the way, non-living gods. During a Russian tour of the band, Ralph Hutter, one of the founders of the KRAFTWERK band, came to the Silver Rain radio station. After distributing several autographs and agreeing to a couple of photos, Ralph went to the studio to give an interview to the leading radio station Vladimir Orlov and answer questions from the audience.
VLADIMIR ORLOV: In KRAFTWERK music, you pay special attention, first of all, to the timbre of the synthesizer, to the coloring of your music. You know, when I listen to you, I feel something so warm in my stomach. And from here the first question: is this some kind of musical trick of graduates of the conservatory; maybe – pressure on the subconscious or the result of some kind of musical research? Continue reading