Gusli is a stringed musical instrument, the most common in Russia.
The harp is a flat box-resonator with strings stretched over it. Under various names – cannel, kankles, kok-le, kantele, kusle, kesle – this multi-stringed plucked instrument is known among the peoples of the Baltic and Volga regions.
Gusli has been known in Russia since the 11th century. In shape, the pterygoid gusli was distinguished, also called voiced or arched, and helmet-shaped. Both of them, while playing, were kept on their knees, but on the first strings they were plucked with a special thin plate – a plectrum, and on the second – with the fingers of both hands. At the end of the XVI – beginning of the XVII century. rectangular gusli were created in Russia. They had a table-shaped case with a lid, inside it stretched to 66 strings. When playing, the strings were plucked with the fingers of both hands, the sounds were loud, long, undamped.
Now three varieties of gusli are common: voiced, plucked and keyboard. Voiced gusli – direct heirs of the ancient Continue reading
M-Audio, a pioneer in the development of compact MIDI keyboards, has released a new MIDI keyboard – the 88-key graduated USB MIDI controller with a hammer mechanism. What does this mean?
– Hammer keyboard, through the use of a system of levers and springs reliably conveys the sensation of pressing the keys, just like when playing on a real piano or piano
– Graduation suggests that keystrokes are somewhat heavier in low registers and easier in high registers – similar to playing an acoustic piano or grand piano Continue reading
Electronic music owes its birth precisely to experiments with sound. Experiments with sound, or rather with sound vibrations, were essentially closer to science than to music. But it was precisely this experimental scientific work that was the beginning.
The coordinate system starts from zero. The decimal count starts with one. Two points of view that are contradictory among themselves – when does the next century begin, 2000 or 2001? We will not find out the truth. I just want to share with you some discussions on the topic of modern electronic music, music of the late XX century, and music of this century.
Faced with people who are more or less connected with modern electric machines (synthesizers, music computers and others like them, music show business, producing / producing modern urban rhythms, Continue reading