How the Tomatis method accelerates learning foreign languages
On March 25, 1957, the French Academy of Sciences listened to an intriguing speech. They heard about the discoveries of a young specialist-otolaryngologist Alfred A. Tomatis. He discovered laws that…

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Mozart effect (part 2)
To test their assumptions Rauscher put a special experiment on rats, which is obviously not an emotional reaction to the music. A group of 30 rats was placed in a…

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Dark synth: dark synthetic revived the eighties
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,…

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2018: what happened to the ear

To sum up the musical results of the year – every time the lesson is not for the faint of heart. Certain things can be said at once, without looking at the calendar and without straining imagination: well, for example, a lot of new music came out, but most of it did not cause much interest, quite a lot – listened to on rewind… But surely there were records that were delayed in your playlist.

Summing up the results of the year, DARKER once again offers you a survey of our authors: what impressed us the most this year, what we consider the best albums of the year. It is clear that these lists will be impregnated with subjectivity for all 140 percent – but it is absolutely normal. Continue reading

What is the secret of the mesmerizing power of music

Music is all around us. At the sound of a powerful orchestral crescendo, tears come to my eyes and goosebumps run down my back. The musical accompaniment enhances the artistic expressiveness of films and performances. Rock musicians make us jump to our feet and dance, and parents lullabies quiet kids songs.

The love for music has deep roots: people compose and listen to her since the very beginning of the culture. More than 30 thousand years ago our ancestors already played stone flutes and bone harps. It seems that this hobby has an innate nature. Babies turn to the source of pleasant sounds (consonances) and turn away from unpleasant (dissonances). And when we experience awe at the final sounds of the Symphony, the same pleasure centers are activated in the brain as during a delicious meal, sex or taking drugs. Continue reading

Dark synth: dark synthetic revived the eighties
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,…

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In healthy skin - healthy hearing (part 2)
Why is it necessary? All sounds stimulate the delicate bones located in the middle ear. Sometimes, when the eardrum is damaged, the bones of the middle ear can be stimulated…

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Genetic codes and music
Nigel Helyer from the University of Western Australia (Univesrity of Western Australia) and the University laboratory SymbioticA created the project GeneMusiK, which turns genetic codes into musical works and Vice…

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Fifty shades of the dark middle ages
No, to be honest, the title is a bit tricky: we will give not fifty examples, but much less, but – nevertheless. The middle ages have always attracted musicians –…

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