In our time, every second – vocal Affairs expert. We watch “Voice”, “X-Factor”, compilations and master classes on YouTube of the best vocalists in the most different styles of music. We measure the ranges of favorite singers. Someone we blame – “not the one”, and someone give “still!”. This is not Ian Gillan, this is not Axel rose, and where is Whitney Houston?!
It seems that we are well versed in what and how to sing, what is euphonious and what is terrible. We don’t really know a damn thing about it. In our country, what can be done in music, having an idea and demonic performance, perfectly owning a voice apparatus and spitting on the laws of show business, we do not know yet. As it happens in the West – can be traced to the biography of Mike Patton. Continue reading
For some reason, Chinese music, even popular, eludes the European listener. People are frightened by strange symbols instead of the usual Latin or Cyrillic, a strange incomprehensible language and a slightly different melody, sometimes incomprehensible or even cutting hearing. Another reason is the isolation of the Chinese Internet. Most of the European music resources in China are not available without VPN: bandcamp, Youtube, soundcloud and so on and so on. From the outside it may seem that in China there is nothing but the ubiquitous Jackie Chan and his faithful squire Jet Li, and the music is limited to the epic soundtrack of Tao Tung to the film “Hero”. Continue reading
2010’s can rightly be called the decade of nostalgia for the eighties. And nostalgia is not for discos, but for deeper signs of age — by culture, attitude, naivete, understanding, and a feeling of impending future, and another fear of that future.
Today, the future has already come and turned out to be quite different from what was imagined thirty years ago. On the one hand it is good, and on the other — sad. Machines still do not fly, the galaxy is not inhabited, and artificial intelligence is not so intelligent. Modern “new sincerity” turned out to be more synthetic than synthetic postmodernism of the late twentieth century: the world is ruled by Finance, terror, wars, cataclysms and politics. Continue reading