new birthday is the first LP album of Post Scriptum Jazz - young performers from Belarus who are playing their own compositions. The musicians experiment with Latin American, classical, soul and fusion music and are inspired by artists such as Joshua Redman, Brad Melhdau, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Aaron Parks, Cory Henry, Mark Guiliana and Seamud Blake. The quintet was formed by saxophonist Kyril Matsenka in 2012 and includes Eugene Ryshkevich on guitar, Pawel Orlow on bass, Alexey Maksimov on drums and Alexey Kazak on piano.
The Album is born at a place, where there is no place for it. In spite of everything, the music is full of energy, beautiful melodies and aspiration. The recording took place at the Everest Media studio in Minsk on a vintage SSL 4000 Console and was mixed in stereo and immersive sound by producer and engineer Kseniya Kawko.
The CD contains the album in stereo at 16 bit 44.1 kHz standard resolution.
Air de cour, lute song & monodie
Elodie Bouchard, voice Anthony Harvey, lutes
Ha! compagnons takes us back to a time when the voice and the lute were the true companions in the quest for poetic and musical expression. In exploring this fruitful partnership, we seek to immerse you in the most intimate soundscape heard in Italy, France, and England of the early 17th century.
The CD contains the album in both, stereo (tracks 1–11) and binaural sound (tracks 12–22) at standard resolution.
What is Immersive Sound?
As we attend a music performance live in a concert hall, sound is all around us. Acoustic reflections from floor, walls and ceiling form what we refer to as the unique personality of a specific venue. The human hearing can perceive these sonic cues in fine spatial resolution and thus allows us to immediately characterize and imagine the space we are in. Moreover, room acoustic features strongly impact the timbre of musical instruments and even influence our perception of compositional structures. This is why space is an essential component of music interpretation.
In conventional two-channel stereo recordings, wise decisions must be made by the balance engineer on how to implement the complex acoustic setting into the two-dimensional reduction of two loudspeakers while still maintaining balance and clarity – in a way this process is comparable to a painter projecting a landscape with a brush on canvas. Immersive recording and playback technologies, however, can now reproduce the full character of sound in all spatial dimensions, allowing for the creation of a more natural reality related sound stage. Without losing detail and transperency, the acoustic envelopment afforded by immersive sound provides a strongly enhanced emotional experience to the listener and makes a more intimate engagement with the music possible.
The Evolution of Recorded Music
Stereo playback as we know it for more than half a century uses two loudspeakers placed in an equilateral triangle in front of the listening position. With the listener exacly sitting in the so called sweet spot, this setup can reproduce the frontal localization of an ensemble on stage and is to a certain extent able to create the illusion of depth and distance.
Surround sound was the next milestone in playback technology introducing additional speakers around the listener. 5.1 surround affords an acoustic envelopment that already comes a lot closer to a natural presentation of sound and space.
Finally, immersive sound formats such as Auro-3D and Dolby Atmos add the still missing height information to music recordings. The full reproduction of sound in all spatial dimensions is now possible with the addition of surround and height speakers. The result is not only a much more natural listening experience, but also a significaltly increased size of the listening area.
If you don't have a three dimensional loudspeaker setup at your disposal for playing back native Auro-3D or Dolby Atmos content, our recordings also include a discrete binaural mix for an immersive listening experience on just a pair of headphones.
Binaural sound technology is able to create a headphone feed that contains natural acoustic cues as they would arrive at your ears in a real concert situation. The result is a two-channel signal that can be heard with any common headphone listening equipment such as portable music players, mobile phones or your good old CD player.
Next Generation Distribution Media
After almost 40 years in history, the Compact Disc still is the most important physical distribution media for recorded music today. We all love our CD collection, it's easy handling and the convenience of grabbing a record from the shelf to listen at any time while turning the pages of a printed booklet with unique program notes, translated lyrics and information about the artist's background and intention.
The next generation reference media for music recordings is the Pure Audio Blu-ray disc. It combines Blu-ray’s vast storage capacity and bandwidth necessary for high resolution immersive sound with the easy and straight-forward handling of a CD.
Pure Audio Blu-ray plays back on every Blu-ray player and hosts all sound formats available for our records: the immersive sound formats Auro-3D and Dolby Atmos, conventional stereo in high resolution and a native binaural mix for immersive headphone listening.
Additionally our Pure Audio Blu-rays are equipped with mShuttle technology – the key to enjoying your music even when away from your Blu-ray player. Connecting your Blu-ray player to your home network will enable you to access portable copies of the music on the disc in both conventional stereo and binaural sound for headphone listening on the go.
Our record packages always include two discs in order to suite every customers playback environment: the Pure Audio Blu-ray containing all available sound formats and a conventional CD in standard resolution stereo.
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