Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

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Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Martin Geeson » Sat 30. Mar 2013, 14:25

Given that I've been recording Hadrian VII for well over a year on LibriVox and am still stuck fast somewhere near the middle of it, I hope I won't be thought quixotic for proposing to undertake, as a first solo for legamus, this remarkable (and widely admired) biography of its author?

I would be reading from my own first edition copy (1934), which I can authenticate. Symons obligingly died in 1941, so is PD outside the US as of a short while ago. If there is any copyright impediment not known to me, perhaps someone could let me know. (I know Cori is also a fan of the book and is very clued up on copyright matters.)

This would undoubtedly be one of those slowly-delivered legamus projects that nevertheless come to fruition in time. ;)

All the best
Martin
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Re: The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons

Post by Martin Geeson » Sat 30. Mar 2013, 15:57

The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography, by A J A Symons (1900 - 1941).
Summary to follow (Summary by Martin Geeson)
Text source: First edition printed copy (Cassell & Co, 1934) (please only read from this text!)

Prooflistener: Algy Pug (DPL)

Magic Window - Google.doc

Intro, Outro and Disclaimer for CC0:
At the beginning of each file please say:
[Section number] of [The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography, by A J A Symons]. This Legamus recording may be distributed and adapted freely for any purpose, as long as Legamus is credited.
(if you wish: Read by [your name]**)
[Chapter number and title]

At the end of each section please say:
End of [Section number]
(if you wish: Read by [your name]** )
At the end of the project please say additionally:
"End of book title by author. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Legamus.eu"

**Please add your name at the beginning or the end, not in both places.

About recording:
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

Please leave 5 seconds silence at the end of your recording, or 10 seconds for files longer than 30 minutes!

Save files as:
128 kbps MP3
questforcorvo_##_symons.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is your section number. (e.g. titleinoneword_01_authorsurname.mp3)

Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, please ask). Please mind upper and lower case!

Title: ## - [Section title]
Artist: A J A Symons
Album: The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography
Genre: Speech
Track Number: Section Number (if sections are numbered from 1, section +1, if sections are numbered from 0)

How to upload your file:
Use http://ge.tt - you do not need to log in, anonymous mode is sufficient.
Alternatively, plese read this tutorial: http://legamus.eu/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=148
When your file is uploaded, you will get a link. Please post the link here.

And now?
Please check for new posts in this thread until your section has been prooflistened.

Happy recording :)
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Re: The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons

Post by algy pug » Sun 31. Mar 2013, 09:22

Hello Martin

It would be my pleasure to act as DPL for this project.

Like you, I have an interest in Baron Corvo. At some stage I plan to organize a reading of his translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Cheers

Algy Pug

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Re: The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons

Post by Viktor » Sun 31. Mar 2013, 09:28

Great! :D

I'll be the MC. As this is a solo, are you both fine without a MW? In other solo projects we found it not really necessary. Of course, if you feel it would be better, you can have it anytime.

As an alternative to ge.tt, you can also use our own uploader.

Moving to Readers Found.

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Martin Geeson » Sun 31. Mar 2013, 16:12

Hi

Many thanks, Viktor and Algy. This is my first legamus solo and I suppose I'll be OK without an MW, since it seems to suit other readers.

I'm trying a new microphone set-up and if I like it, this will be my first project using it. Perhaps that will take a few days to work out.

Thanks again
Martin

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by algy pug » Sun 31. Mar 2013, 17:23

Good evening Martin

I have ordered a copy of the book. When it arrives I can set up a spreadsheet on Googledocs if you wish. It would at least be useful to me as PLer.

Will you still be using a USB microphone or have you changed to a microphone plus preamplifier/mixer? I am always interested in finding out what gear other readers are using.

Cheers

Algy

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Martin Geeson » Sun 31. Mar 2013, 20:36

Hi Algy

By all means arrange a spreadsheet if it will be useful.

What I have here is an MXL 990 condenser mic connected to a Zoom H4n Handy Recorder. Then I suppose I'll send the recorded .wav files via USB to the PC. Being the non-technical person I am, it will take me a while to get comfortable with it.

Hope this makes sense.

Martin

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Viktor » Sun 31. Mar 2013, 21:36

In that case, I'll put up the MW (which is just a spreadsheet on Google docs) and give both of you write access. Not wanting to neglect my MC duties! ;)

Just tell me how many sections. By the way, happy Easter!

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by algy pug » Mon 1. Apr 2013, 03:08

Martin Geeson wrote:Hi Algy

By all means arrange a spreadsheet if it will be useful.

What I have here is an MXL 990 condenser mic connected to a Zoom H4n Handy Recorder. Then I suppose I'll send the recorded .wav files via USB to the PC. Being the non-technical person I am, it will take me a while to get comfortable with it.

Hope this makes sense.

Martin
Very nice pieces of sound gear. As you would be aware the Zoom H4n does record to an SD card. If your computer does not have a built-in card reader, you can buy external USB connected card readers very cheaply.

I have tried recording through the H4n using an external dynamic microphone. The sound quality was fine but I found that that volume level was rather low. However, you may get a bigger sound with your condenser microphone.

All MXL gear is good - I don't believe I have ever seen a bad review for any of their products. In particular their microphones are particularly well tailored for spoken audio.

Cheers

Algy

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Viktor » Mon 1. Apr 2013, 09:10

algy pug wrote:As you would be aware the Zoom H4n does record to an SD card. If your computer does not have a built-in card reader, you can buy external USB connected card readers very cheaply.
If you only use one single large SD card, one might be able to read it just by connecting the H4n via USB to the computer.

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Martin Geeson » Mon 1. Apr 2013, 13:41

Viktor wrote:In that case, I'll put up the MW (which is just a spreadsheet on Google docs) and give both of you write access. Not wanting to neglect my MC duties! ;)

Just tell me how many sections. By the way, happy Easter!
Happy Easter, Viktor!

I shall need 24 sections - the book has 20 chapters, about 4 of which are uncomfortably long without division.

Many thanks
Martin

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Post by Viktor » Mon 1. Apr 2013, 23:05

Martin Geeson wrote:I shall need 24 sections - the book has 20 chapters, about 4 of which are uncomfortably long without division.
Which ones are divided?

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Martin Geeson » Fri 5. Apr 2013, 20:18

Viktor wrote:
Martin Geeson wrote:I shall need 24 sections - the book has 20 chapters, about 4 of which are uncomfortably long without division.
Which ones are divided?
Here's the Section information:-

Chapters to be split into two parts - nos. 5, 7, 11 and 14.

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Post by Viktor » Sun 7. Apr 2013, 12:39

The MW is in place. I'll send you PMs for write access.

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Martin Geeson » Mon 30. Dec 2013, 21:41

Hi

I shall be attempting to return to recording in the next few days after an unplanned hiatus.

Please note that I have slightly adjusted the project page to feature Algy as DPL and to use the CC BY Attribution - This recording may be distributed and adapted freely for any purpose, as long as Legamus is credited.

I am assuming that I should still use the uploading route given on the project page; but if there has been a change, perhaps someone could let me know.

All the best for the New Year to everyone :)
Martin

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Re: Solo [EN] The Quest for Corvo, by A J A Symons - vik

Post by Viktor » Thu 2. Jan 2014, 23:31

Happy new year!

You can continue to use ge.tt or our own uploader. As you like!

The free.fr uploader is sometimes complicated or buggy; the two above are better.

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