Dmitry Kostyshkin

1. Porcupine Tree — Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

This is a bright example of Stephen’s Wilson’s a flawless taste in music. His composition has an enticingly pulsing rhythm, which grows out of the electronic noise, as if you hover over the lights of a big city. You hear the melancholic paranoia of sound and the cold and sad voice, full of light. The listener gets gradually involved into the endless movement, in which you begin to feel comfortable until the romantic sounds suddenly turn into heavy industrial. The music dies out again, scintillating, — and thrushes you back to reality...

2. Led Zeppelin — Stairway to Heaven

This masterpiece begins with a medieval ballad, followed by increasingly dramatic motifs. Your mood changes according to them: meadows in mist are replaced with fantastic landscapes from fairy-tales, and then the strong and piercing voice of Robert Plant, supported by the heavy sound of the instruments, brings the listener to ecstatic thrill, in which he rides the rollercoaster of music until exhausted and until the last eco dies out.

3. The Doors — The End

This composition attracts me with its magical atmosphere of Indian music, artfully intertwined with the feelings of solitude, fear, and restrained happiness. A man walks in a dark corridor, surrounded by the ghosts of the experienced tragedies and future crimes. Yet, there is an end to it, bright, ruthless and simultaneously pacifying. Finally, it happens.

4. Gethsemane, Jesus Christ Superstar

Every time I listen to this air, tears come to my eyes — Ian Gillan feels so deeply the human side of the sufferings of Christ who is going to die. Yet, the tragedy does not outshine the musical grace and boldness, with which the composer approached such a sophisticated subject. This is a brilliant and dramatic experiment!

5. «N.O.M.» — Ape

Scorn, gag, sarcasm, satire, black humor, a hard-nosed anti-Darwinian and anti-human attitude — all this fuses into spectacular two-voice singing! The singers are innocently bold, like kids stealing apples from the neighbor’s tree behind the fence: you will either get away with it, or… or…

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Dmitry Kostyshkin

A translator, an author, a musician, an artist. Dmitriy was born in Samarkand, where he currently works at the International Institute of Study of Central Asia (UNESCO). Apart from the interest in literature and poetry Dmitry is practicing music, painting and photography. Dmitry’s literary works have been published in the ‘ARK’ magazine and at the website


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