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Everyday sound imitation, as told (and done) by the people of Sergiyev Posad, Russia. The most mundane soundalikes and the strange stories behind them. The objects that sound like birds, the birds sounding like objects, and the humans mimicking both.

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Based on field recordings made in 2009-2015.

An audio documentary by Vladimir Kryuchev, Sergiyev Posad Sound map — oontz.ru.

Music used: Drop It Like It’s Hot — Snoop Dogg, Drift — Charlie Salas-Humara, Triumph — Jon Luc Hefferman.

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A steam train is coming to and through Sergiyev Posad from time to time. This is the P-36 passenger train from 1954, the same as the one that is mounted at the Belorussky train station in Moscow.

As it turned out, there’s a business branch of of the state-owned Russian Railways. RzhD-Tur is a company that arranges the occassional tourist trips by this antique means of transportation. Normally, these are the tours across the Moscow region and Moscow itself, the latter connecting a number of the principal train stations.

The rolling stock comprised the hauling locomotive, the coal carriage and two passenger carriages, and it has spent about 20 minutes at the Sergiyev Posad train station. But if you want to get inside you have to buy tickets in advance – it was not allowed to join the train on its way from Moscow to Alexandrov.

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Recorded 5 January 2015 (MS-TFB-2).

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m198 56.302914, 38.137627 Записано 5 января 2015 года. Recorded 5 January 2015 (MS-TFB-2).

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To my English language readers.

This is the account of the journey I’ve made two years ago, through the deserted beaches, rivers and lake shores in October and November, 2012.

What is left there when all the bathers are gone? One can expect to meet fishermen, cattlemen and – yes – saxophone players rehearsing in the woods.

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I’ve narrated the the journey and subsequently made the a cappella version with no voice, which you can download here right-clicking the link.

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Good to see you again!

Vladimir.

Как звучат места, которые мы так хорошо знаем летом, и которые меняются до неузнаваемости, стоит их покинуть последнему купающемуся?

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«Пляжный отдых» — 23-минутный аудиосюжет о том, как звучат пустые и холодные берега. Запись проходила осенью 2012 года на популярных пляжах в Сергиево-Посадском районе.

Героями сюжета стали местные жители, оказавшиеся в это время года у воды: рыбаки, пастухи и (неожиданно!) музыканты, репетирующие в прибрежных лесах.

Места записи: Загорское море (посёлок Семхоз, Сергиев Посад), Лесное озеро (Сергиев Посад), река Дубна и пруд (село Закубежье), река Воря (Хотьково), Торбеевское озеро (посёлки Смена и Березняки).

Время записи: октябрь-ноябрь 2012 года.

Подробности (нажмите)

В записи можно услышать звонки случайных велосипедистов, выстрелы ружей охотников, стук молотков строителей, а также звуки природы, наиболее драматично проявляющиеся в тихие сезоны, — плеск воды, скрип старых деревьев, шелест сухой травы.

Музыка в сюжете: Out of the Skies, Under the Earth в исполнении Chris Zabriskie, New England is Interesting в исп. BOPD, Chill в исп. Fuga, Good Old Club Days в исп. Miodrag Marjanov Quintet (все — freemusicarchive.org), а также сигнал, передаваемый азбукой Морзе (авт. FreqMan, freesound.org).

Использованы микрофоны MS-TFB-2 (бинауральные стерео), CA-14 omni (стерео), предусилитель Church Audio STC-9000, рекордер Edirol R-09HR.

Продолжительность: 23 минуты (с комментарием), 15 минут (без).
Записи доступны для скачивания по адресу www.oontz.ru (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

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Сюжет представлен в двух версиях.

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 02. Версия без комментария — только звуки природы

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A self-invented rule – no recording should sound longer the a pop-song. One, two or three minutes are enough nowadays when everyone is so busy. But there comes a time when some rules should be broken. In this particulare case – those elusive dark and dull winter evening time, when time passes in a different way. Let’s spend those evenings listening to the inexcusably long recordings, and the first one is of the spring flood beneath the railway embankment halfway from the Rybny to the Vifansky crossing.

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долгими зимними долгими зимними

Recorded April 2012 (MS-TFB-2).
Published 26 February 2013.

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I’ve never happened to record horses somehow, despite horses being one the most interesting animals sound wise. There was a chance lately at the annual Mayor Cup horse races here in Sergiyev Posad held at the eponymous equestrian club. I sneaked to the stables to hear the horses snorting and sniffing. Sorry no neigh this time. horses sergiev posad

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Image: Riding Recollections, 5th ed., London, 1878. Author: G. J. Whyte-Melville. Illustrator: Edgar Giberne (gutenberg.org) Recorded 15 September 2012 (MS-TFB-2) Published 25 September 2012.

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We are in the middle of September, and it looks like we are still enjoying the Indian summer here in central Russia. Things may change soon and here is something to keep the memory of these days. It’s a piece recorded about a week ago, on a quite sunny but windy afternoon not far from the Trinity Sergius monastery gates. You can hear the wind as it easily surpasses those thin windscreens of my binaural microphones. But the wind is also serving as a medium here bringing or muffling sounds coming from across the Krasnogorskaya square where a duo of gusli players is singing old songs. Also on this recording are: passers-by going to and from the monastery, birds and traffic. There are two versions of it, and one is pretty short.

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And the other one is five times longer.
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m189 56.310693, 38.133041 Дуэт гусляров / Gusli duo08/09/2012
Recorded 8 September 2012 (MS-TFB-2). Published 18 September 2012.

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Loosely fixed car bumper producing rattling sounds echoing the car stereo’s techno music with a slight delay.

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m186 56.311645, 38.147900 Дребезжащий бампер / Loose bumper08/08/2012

Recorded 8 August 2012 (MS-TFB-2).
Published 14 September 2012.

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