A self-invented rule – no recording should sound longer the a pop-song. One, two or three minutes are enough in a time when everyone 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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m190 56.300474, 38.160689 Конюшня / Horse stables15/09/2012
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 lile 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 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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Two orthodox nuns driving a herd of cows across the road from the Khotkovo Pokrov convent to mount Orlyonok.

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Recorded 22 June 2012 (MS-TFB-2).
Published 13 September 2012.

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A lively place during the day-time, quite murky when its dark outside. This was recorded in the early hours of the evening. Football match at the Lutch arena to the right, Novouglitcheskoye high road and a construction plant to the left. Sounds of a baby pram wheels, passers-by.

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m187 56.319238, 38.136163 Бульвар Кузнецова / Kuznetsov alley17/08/2012

Recorded 17 August 2012 (MS-TFB-2).
Published 12 September 2012.

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A quiet afternoon in the old village of Radonezh, once an early-Christian town (though the name is obviously pagan) whose possession was disputed by several princes later on. The town was surrounded by ramparts which still can be seen. Some of them were turned into illegal cemeteries by the locals despite the existing ban, although the authorities are making some effort to stop it. Radonezh with its cultural and historic heritage makes up the local tourist big three alongside with the Trinity Sergius monastery and Abramtsevo museum estate.

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Radonezh

Photo by Maria Kuleshova.

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m185 56.207551, 38.032522 Радонеж / Radonezh29/06/2012

Recorded 29 June 2012 (MS-TFB-2).
Published 11 September 2012.

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