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Tuva or Bust!

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If you've found this web page, you're probably looking for the audio samples accompanying the 2000 edition of "Tuva or Bust" by Ralph Leighton.  Page 60 of the book describes the arrival of the LP record "Melodii Tuvy" in the mail from Sevyan Vainshtein; in those days, Ralph had to dust off the record player, clean the needle, carefully place the record on the platen, and hold his breath before lowering the needle to the record.

Today, all you have to do is click and listen!

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  • "Reka Alash", sung by Oorzhak Khunashtaar-ool in the "sigit" or "whistling" style.

  • "Artyy Saiyr", sung by D. Damba-Darzha in the "kargyraa" or "wheezing" style, accompanied by A. Laptan on the byzaanchi.

These samples are excerpts from Bands 1 and 9, Side A, of Melodii Tuvy  (GOST 5289-73, 33D-030773) and were included on a red Evatone soundsheet in the 1991 hardcover edition of "Tuva or Bust!".

PS - click on the image of the cover to get a larger version of the book cover!

PPS - if you haven't read the book yet, here's a review sent to us from A Reader's Journal.  I'll warn you, this review gives away the ending, so decide in advance whether you want to know the final outcome before you read the book.

So You Can't Hear The Audio Clips...
Some Alternate Methods

Honest, we promise that the audio files are properly set up and people can listen to them with no problem!  Usually, problems will arise if your browser settings are not correct for the audio filetype.  It's best to visit to check their advice on setting up your web browser, but here are a few things to try in the meantime.

  1. If you're having trouble with the streaming video, the first thing to do is make sure that you have the latest version of the RealPlayer.

  2. If that doesn't work, try clicking on these links and download the file to your computer (right-mouse button in the Windows version of Netscape). Each file won't stream, but they can be opened into RealPlayer when they are fully downloaded.

  3. If that still doesn't work, open your RealPlayer and click on File... Open Location... and enter and .

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