Gateway to Russian Filk
You can get a translation of Russian webpages at
babelfish.altavista.com. It won't be perfect, but it'll be a start.
Zal: Muzikal'naya Komnata Hall
of Fire: Music Room
Lora Bocharova: Music
Sredizemlya Minstrels of Middle-Earth
Alexei Sviridov: Songs
Pesni i Ispolnenie
(Songs and Performances by Khatul)
Russian filk videos
Related Russian links
"But for a long while they sang only each alone,
or but few together, while the rest hearkened...Yet ever as they listened
they came to deeper understanding, and increased in unison and harmony."
"Ainulindale", The Silmarillion, J.R.R.
Filk music (the community music of science fiction
and fantasy fans) has been created by fans in many countries. Filkers in
English-speaking countries, Austria, and Germany have a reasonable amount
of contact with each other; but outside that community, we have only rumors,
convention reports, and the odd visitor to go by. So I'm happy to have
found these Russian filk pages -- so happy that I've translated them for
other English-speaking fans to read and enjoy.
The original song titles are transliterated; the
titles' translations are in italics. (My unsolicited comments are
in small print.) Translated lyrics are available if the translated titles
show a link. I'll try to keep up with changes on Russian sites. By
the way, if you have Windows 95, you should be able to see the Russian
pages' Cyrillic characters at will. If you have another system or
encounter difficulties, try
Stephan's Cyrillic Font Links to Russify your computer.
"Therefore when they beheld them, the more
they did love them, being things other than themselves, strange and free...."
The original text, pictures and content of the webpages
belong to their authors, of course. The Russian webpages are prettier than
this one, and include pictures of the filkers! And Pavel Fomichev's CD
is now available from Southern Fried Filk, so check it out!
Other Russian Links (not translated)
Minstrels on the Net is an mp3 link site of huge proportions. Over 100
Russian filkers are linked or found here.
Elerrame's Tolkien Page
provides mp3s of
Esthera, Martyel, Elerrame and Ahtener.
The Biblioteka provides
lyrics as well as poems and stories.
Fantasy Music Club
at the Citadel of Olmer and
Perumov's song archive includes pages for
Nienna mp3s, as
well as links to Fangorn and the Fangorn Basement. The rest of it
is mostly lyrics, tabs and mp3s for fantasy-themed metal and folk.
RPG: Archive RPG, a big Russian roleplaying site, has a rather
sizable archive of lyrics and mp3s of gamer songs. Man, are these
Russians busy or what?! :) Includes songs by Sbornik, Den Eretik
(Nazgul), Potanya (Svetlana Panteleeva), Tem (Natalya Novikova) and
Iovi and various friends. Includes some of the same mp3s as on
Sverdlov and Fangorn's pages, so don't just download everything.
Deglyn Fey's page
includes MP3s and song lyrics for her new album "Kvest" (Quest),
released under her mundane performing name, Jane.
Songs and Performances
by Khatul Many filk MP3s in zip files, including Hebrew songs as well
as Russian ones. There's also
Khatul's (Eli Bar-Yalom)
homepage in his new home in Israel (no filk content).
Flying Green's site
Songs with lyrics with chords for songs by Tem, Eowin,
Sbornik, Den Nazgul, Skadi, Gakhan, Nienna, Nizvesten, and Alexei
Sviridov. Also includes MP3s of some of these songs.
Roleplaying Music includes
an MP3 archive which
includes many works, including the entire filk opera _The Silmarillion and
the Death of Feanor_ and works by filkers such as Illet, Alexei Sviridov,
Eowin, Narodnaya, A. O'Shannon, Olga Tishina, Grusha "Dryakhpost", Larisa
Bocharova, Dmitriy Protasov, Philigon the Kender, the Temple Collective,
Rust, and Ryazanich. Also, an excellent
(Full Moon) has mp3s
and a filk video. Many many works by filkers Alexander Oschepkov,
Olga Afraimovich, Ruslan Bazhin, Roman Strelchenko, Sergei Viborov,
Oleg Medvedev, Dmitriy Ruzhnikov, Eleanora Krizhaeva, Egor Naimushin,
Svetlana Homaiko, the group Perekrestki, Inna Demeeva, Renat
Bayazitov, Roman Gavrilin, Max Kuzikov, Leonid Andrulaitis, Andrei
Zemskov, the group VDMV, and Vladimir Lantzberg.
Studio Siberian Tract has many
many MP3s. Go to each
filker's individual page.
6x6 Club BBS Sound section includes truly ludicrous amounts of
content -- vast tracts of RealAudio and mp3 recordings from
various Zilantcons and filkers (with song lyrics!).
Tol Eressea Library. Russian filk lyrics with chords! Includes songs
by the fabulous Nienna and Skazochnik, as well as Alira, Eowin, Mirgil,
Eilian, and Esthera.
music section includes lyrics and some midi files (of early music or
a good imitation).
Pavel Fomichev's album "Music of the Elves" is Tolkien-inspired,
and I suspect his song "My Solaris" on the album of the same name is
inspired by the Lem novel. His MP3.com page is in English, and
instrumentals need no translation. Good stuff.
Gorod Krim (Crimean City) features Sauronich of Minsk mp3s in their
Room, along with lyrics. (Well, it says they're mp3s, but I seem to
be getting .wav files instead.)
The Unofficial Saratov
Page includes pages on
music including mp3s, pictures and information about Potanya,
Firiven, Nadezhda Von Gollum, Eowin, Sergey Berezhnoy, Sergey Kalugin,
Den Nazgul, and assorted 'musical guests'. I'm not sure if this is a
convention page, club page, or what, but there's a lot here.
Minstrels with pictures and mp3s from the con.
Heledis includes a poem, a
picture of herself, and many mp3s.
Illet (who has several tracks available through the
Hall of Fire at
Muzikal'naya Komnata) has an album coming out from Fangorn Video
Solntse (Wolf Sun). There is a list of tracks but no mp3s available as yet.
Here is my translation of her album page.
Morion/Moriel's music page. Includes mp3 settings of Tolkien and
Rust's homepage. Contains
many wonderful pictures of Russian fandom, including one of filker Kelli
(D. Bromberg). Also contains a link to Rust's lyrics and MP3s at Arda-na-Kulichkah.
Skady has a new album coming out called "Dveri" (Doors). Two MP3s are
available: "Serii Ogon'" (Gray Fire) and "Avtobus" (Bus). Here is
my translation of the album page. Skady also
has a page, which includes
a discography of her previous albums with some mp3s, and
section of Askar's
Archive of poetry.
RPG Novosibirsk's Audio Links. I found a lot of these pages here!
Fangorn Video studio website
and FTP site. FTP site
for Alexei Sviridov and Larisa Bocharova. Also includes lovely videos of
various conventions, as well as HI '95 - '98 (referred to numerous times
in the pages above).
Elinor's Archive: Menestreli
(Minstrels) and Menestreli i
Srednevekov'e (Minstrels and the Middle Ages).
Xanadu Weyr has a collection
of Pernese filk in both Russian and English.
Archive includes poetry by filkers
Elerrame's Tolkien Page.
Archive of Russian Tolkien fans' work includes
a poetry archive and
mp3s, including songs
by Esthera, Ahtener, Elerrame, and Martyel.
The Shop of Worlds (English mirror)
is a stunning tribute not only to one of my favorite authors, but to
Russian fans. What stubbornness, to plan to re-translate Bujold's books!
And what great articles, too!
Russian Fantastic A resource
page for Russian fandom.
Russian Astronomy: links to
lots of official Russian space and astronomy sites, as well as articles
and books for the amateur astronomer and some cartoons.
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This unauthorized translation of these Russian
filk pages was translated by Maureen
O'Brien. Send comments and corrections to me, and good feedback
(and CD orders) to the Russian filkers. I apologize for any mistakes or misinterpretations.
"But I will sit and hearken, and be glad that
through you great beauty has been wakened into song."