Off/For the Earth (a short film by Robbie Beahrs)

This mini-documentary follows NASA Astronaut Tom Marshburn (my uncle) and his Soyuz TMA-07M crewmates Chris Hadfield (Canada) and Roman Romanenko (Russia) as they launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on December 19th, 2012 up to the International Space Station for a six-month expedition.

Dedicated to my Uncle Tom and the extended Marshburn family

To read more about Expedition 34: "Off the Earth... For the Earth" click here

ROSCOSMOS/Soyuz crew theme song (used in the film) "Trava u doma" by the 1980s Soviet/Russian rock group Zemlyane

The folk ensemble at Baikonur's Palace of Culture performed "Sary-Arqa" (Golden Steppe)


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Tethering Foals and Praising Masters of the Altai Mountains in Mongolia

an essay film by Robert O. Beahrs and Victoria Soyan Peemot

filmed in the Altai Mountains near Tsengel sum, Bayan-Ölgii, Western Mongolia

Preview screenings at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and Tuvan Institute of Humanitarian Research (Kyzyl, Russia)

Mapping Voices and Landscapes in Tuva is an ongoing arts-research collaboration with Todoriki Masahiko (voice, Tuvan traditional instruments) and Robbie Beahrs (live composition with field recordings/videos) based on cross-cultural interpretations of folk songs and nomadic musical practices in the Tuva Republic (Russia). Premiered at FlyTrap Studios in Oakland, CA on 9 Nov. 2013.

This excerpt features the Tuvan song “Bai-la Taigam” (My Rich Taiga).

Photo essay and exhibition by Victoria Peemot / Soundscapes by Robbie Beahrs
0:00 - 2:30 A herd of more than 800 horses at the lake Khadyn/Algyi, Tannu-Ola mountain range/Chagytai lake, Tuva Republic (Russia) - an area covered by the expedition, groups of Hausen and Backlund. 
2:30 - 3:42 sounds of the Erzin river, Tuva Republic (Russia)

All photographs are from the Finnish geological expedition in the Inner Asian state Urjankhai took place in 1917. Today it is the Republic of Tuva, a part of Russia. Among the expedition members were accomplished geologists Johannes Sederholm, the head of the expedition, Hans Hausen and Thord Brenner from Finland, Steinar Foslie from Norway and Helge Backlund (Sweden/Russia). The expedition was conducted despite the unstable political situation as it was in 1917: World War I in Europe, revolutions in Russia, the recent end of Chinese rule, independence and Russian protectorate in Tuva (Urjankhai).