During the Great Patriotic War in the besieged Leningrad radio is practically the only, and certainly the most important means of alerting citizens.
But the transfer did not go around the clock, and when the air was silent, then broadcast the sound of the metronome.
Although it is today, and it may seem strange, however, the reasons for such a decision have been very serious.
What meant the metronome sound
Modern man with the worldconnects a plurality of information "arteries" - is a constant and non-stop, often unlimited access to the internet, and cell phone, and TV, and a variety of print media, some of which appear in your inbox, whether you like it or not. But in Soviet times there was nothing. The main source of information was the radio.
People in besieged Leningrad were, in fact,cut off from the country. Supply and Post performed irregularly, it was very dangerous. The situation was critical at any moment it could be anything, and although people believed in the best cause for concern was enough. It is difficult to imagine that people had experienced during the siege.
To honor the memory of the heroes of the siege and to remind everyone else about this difficult time, in St. Petersburg on May 9, all TV and radio for a few minutes broadcast metronome sound.
In the Leningrad blockade running radio meantthat's not all over, there is still hope. For people who have not switched off the radio, the sound of the metronome was like the beating heart of the country: if it has not died down, it is necessary to continue to hold on and not give up hope. This is a very simple and uniform sound a bit reassured people, allowing them to feel at least some confidence.
In the metronome was broadcast and technicalvalue. First, the sound is transmitted to check whether there is a connection. Secondly, it was necessary to warn the public about the air strikes and shelling. A value of 50 beats per minute mean that you can not have to worry, and now everything is calm. But 150 beats per minute, not only sounded too fast and anxious, but also warned of the raids.
Metronome in memories and creativity
The image of the metronome is not only a majordistinctive part of the blockade, but also as something sacred, inviolable. Radio, by incessant beat of a metronome, connect people, even when the voice fell silent speaker.
Mention of the metronome sound can be found inMany works of art created by people during the siege, most often - in verse. In general, radio is the main thread that connects people with the world, there is very clear in verse blockade the pores of such outstanding poets as O. Bergholz, Semenova, S. Botvinnik, V. Inber and others.
The way people during the war perceived metronome can be best described, leading lines V. Azarov:
"In the darkness it seemed: the city pust-
From the loud horns - a word,
But the relentless beat pulse
Familiar, dimensional, ever new. "