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Just as important as the quality of your stereo is where you listen to music. As my acoustics teacher said, “We live in our loudspeakers.” Indeed, the dimensional ratios, the materials used in construction as well as the content of the room will greatly influence reverberation time and the effect of standing waves. An ideal listening room should have aspect ratios that are not multiples (e.g. 8 by 13 by 17) so as not to increase the amplitude of the resonance that is specific to each material. Ideally, the walls, floor and ceiling should not be parallel. There should be…

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As the music community resumes its activities, Le Vivier, an organization specializing in new music, is planning a concert season involving no fewer than 18 performances and 65 works. Included in this vast program is a new series of events entitled Résonance croisée presented with the support and collaboration of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC). As the music community resumes its activities, Le Vivier, an organization specializing in new music, is planning a concert season involving no fewer than 18 performances and 65 works. Included in this vast program is a new series of events entitled Résonance…

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MONTREAL, Aug. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – As part of THE INFINITE virtual reality experience, PHI, Felix & Paul Studios, Tourisme Montréal, and their many partners are joining forces to turn Montreal into the must-visit destination of summer and fall 2021. Several packages including accommodation and discounts in restaurants and cultural institutions throughout the city are being offered in conjunction with the experience, so visitors can take advantage of the famous attractions of the most European city in America. THE INFINITE: AS CLOSE TO SPACE AS YOU CAN GET It’s your turn to travel to space with THE INFINITE, an…

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VINYL RECORDS In order to avoid distortion and cracking noises, it is essential to clean your records with suitable methods and products. Carbon fibre disc brushes perform good basic maintenance and should ideally be used after each listen. Often it is thought that a disc is damaged when it is simply dirty.  For a deep cleaning that will remove dust, molding agents and static electricity, there are several cleaning systems such as ClearAudio, Music Hall Audio, Okki Nokki and Spin Clean. I highly recommend cleaning even new discs.  Once the disc is well cleaned, it is important to replace the…

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Also known as the record player, the turntable, invented around 1920, is the successor to the wax cylinder phonograph. Since then, turntables have evolved considerably, notably in the drive system, whether we are speaking about the roller system used until the end of the 1950s; belt drive, which is common on most high-fidelity turntables (Dual, Oracle, Rega, Thorens, Linn, etc.); or the direct-drive system that is found mainly on DJ models. Analogue pickup on a turntable is accomplished via a diamond stylus that follows the inscriptions present in the groove. The movements generate electrical signals thanks to magnets or coils…

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In the last column, we explained the purpose of a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC). A network player, also known as a streamer, usually has a built-in DAC and can decode high-resolution file formats (FLAC, DSD, MQA, etc.) while offering additional functionality. It allows, among other things, to play music saved on any computer, network hard drive or in NAS network storage, whether with a wired ­connection to your router (ideal, ­because there will be no disconnection or interruption) or Wi-Fi (sometimes more complex to configure). One can also access music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, etc., as…

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“Sort of a Romeo and Juliet thing,” Taras Kulish, executive director of the ­Orchestre classique de Montréal, says of Mykola Lysenko’s epic 1891 opera Taras Bulba, the overture of which will be one of the highlights of the “Great Slavs” program heard in Salle Pierre-Mercure on May 18. “A love story between a Polish princess and a Ukrainian warrior,” Kulish continues. “They are destined not to be together because of the fighting. Lots of historical things in there, the Poles against the Ukrainians, who’s invading whom.” And lots of percussion in that rousing ­overture as it was orchestrated after the…

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During the first lockdown in the U.K., which started on March 21, 2020, Julia Haferkorn, senior lecturer in music business and arts management at Middlesex ­University in London, became aware that many musicians were going to struggle ­financially. “I became very interested in the question of music streaming and started to think of how it could help musicians make at least some income,” she said. “But, at the same time, what happened, ­especially during the first lockdown in U.K. and Europe, is that many started to livestream from home but did so for free. It is absolutely understandable that they did…

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By Olivier Bergeron, Justin Bernard, Tom Inouie, Arthur Kaptainis, Dino Spaziani and Andréanne Venne La Scena Musicale offers original holiday season gift ideas for music lovers of all ages GADGETS OF ALL KINDS Handmade Music Boxes www.etsy.com SoundHandMade, an online distributor that ships worldwide from Spain, stocks a number of hand-crafted retro-style music boxes. Musical selections range from the classics, show tunes, songs from Walt Disney flics and cult classics like Star Wars. You know how it works: crank it up and just let it play. This nifty gift for the Holiday Season will sit perfectly atop a fireplace or…

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Can you imagine hearing Lang Lang playing for you in the comfort of your home? Or maybe Vladimir Horowitz, Yuja Wang, even the legendary Sergei Rachmaninoff? Impossible, you might think. Well, now such dreams are well within reach. Just last month in Montreal, Piano Bolduc unveiled Spirio, a high-end and high-tech Steinway & Sons grand piano capable of reproducing music of the past with incredible accuracy. But don’t think for a moment that this is some kind of updated player piano that strikes keys mechanically. It goes beyond that. Indeed, it can capture the most subtle nuances produced by the…

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