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Dancing a book

The book is by far the best. But what would be the second best way to tell the Alice’s story in the wonderland? A ballet at the Finnish National Opera/Ballet.

Album reviews

Intriguing Dálava

On its debut album, the NYC based band Dálava interprets a hundred years old folk songs.

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Respighi’s wonderful birds

Respighi borrowed from the Italian baroque music and combined the influences with the late 19th century romantic style to create enchanting original orchestral music.

Discography

Slow down – Lacrimosa is coming

Lacrimosa of Mozart’s Requiem is one of the big hits of Western classic music. Very often it is used as background music for a slow-motion video or movie.

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The Man Who ‘Sold’ The World?

“I thought you died alone, a long long time ago…” (David Bowie, 1947 – 2016)

Album reviews

Mali Blues

When tourism has virtually dried up and the musicians can no longer make a living like they once could.

Live performance

Musica Nova 2017

The biannual music festival of contemporary music, Musica Nova, was held in Helsinki 2 – 12 February 2017. A breakthrough of electronics?

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Berio: Sinfonia

A milestone for 20th century Western art music.

Live performance

Kill Carmen

Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin’s three-penny opera combines traditional flamenco with modern sung poetry, and does it with pertinent fervor.

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Your brain, your music – or the other way round?

If human mind was identical with the brain, brain research would have a better chance to be relevant to music psychology.

Artist interviews

Kari Bremnes – a story teller

“The words and the stories are my main instruments. My voice too but I’m not as conscious about that as I am about the words, and maybe that’s a good thing.”

Music industry

Rainbow Studios – Jan Erik Kongshaug

”A good sound comes from a good musician and a good instrument”, says Jan Erik Kongshaug, founder of the famous Rainbow Studio in Oslo.  

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Medieval polyphony and unique sound

The Trio Mediaeval makes the northern wind sing.

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Surrounding Opus 3

Opus 3 once was synonymous for great music recorded in authentic recording venues with minimal micing. Great music is still there but for the rest: times are changing. Jan-Eric Persson explains.

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2L – a high-quality Nordic sound

In 2L recordings the listener sits in the midst of the musicians.

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“Sounds of a century”

A digitizing project of all recordings issued in Finland since 1901 is currently under way at the Music Library.

Music industry

12 Tonar – a top record shop from Iceland

Two three years ago I asked the rather progressive 12 Tónar record shop in Iceland to send me some material …

Discography

Fortune Favours The Bold – Ernest Ansermet

Beginner’s luck can start off a career. But in the long run, fortune favours the bold: The story of Ernest Ansermet and the OSR.

Discography

What makes a good recorder recording?

Not only are there different sounding recorder recordings, but also some recorder players sound better than the others.

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My four favorite lute CDs

Like to take a time travel? To experience the mystique of listening to music that have survived the centuries? Choose lute music.

How do you collate your record collection?

When filing away your precious sounds how do you approach the task; do you file by: A – Z by artist or group,…

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“Talk with my turntables“

“At the beginning, there is the alpenhorn. Then, there are the first few overtones. Bizarre sounds are generated before images of the sublime world of mountains.”

Music industry

Two books on recording

The first book attempts to offer a broader and more dynamic understanding of the recording industry, while the second unveils the historical meaning of the most important digital format of our times: MP3.

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Kanye West; ‘Yeezus’; listen for yourself…and wonder!

It is vital today, more perhaps than ever, to understand how certain groups operate the social networking media revolution through the music of Hip- Hop.

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Why Ringo Matters?

Ringo Starr has a wider impact on contemporary music than one would think at first glance.

Artist interviews

The Bird and The Bee

If you’ve really got nerve and talent, you dive into the music world head on. Such is the life of Inara George.

Live performance

Performance that defied hi-fi

Sometimes a performance can be so deep-going that the listener wants to save the experience in his/her soul and not hear it again.

Live performance

Vivaldi goes dance & techno

If there is a Baroque composer whose music adapts to a techno-classical style, it must be Vivaldi, the point well proven by the Finnish contemporary opera group Opera Scala.

Artist interviews

ERIC BIBB – USA, Sweden, Finland

Having stayed away from the USA for long periods of time, a singer, guitar player and song writer Eric Bibb now keeps his base in Helsinki, Finland.

Album reviews

The Sound of the Desert’s Silence

The tracks may repeat each other, but the artistic quality of the music is high, and the material realized with an infallible consistency.