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Post by RobMarland » May 24th, 2019, 1:06 am

A Ride Across the Peloponnese by George Macmillan (1855 - 1936).

This project is now complete! All audio files can now be found on the catalog page for this project https://librivox.org/a-ride-across-the-peloponnese-by-george-macmillan/
In the spring of 1877, a young Oscar Wilde visited Greece with his classics professor, J. P. Mahaffy, and two friends. One of these friends, George Macmillan, wrote a brief account of the party's ride across the Peloponnese. The account, without mentioning Wilde by name, records the travelers' first impressions of the newly excavated sites of ancient Olympia, Argos, and Mycenae. It also includes colorful descriptions of the Arcadian mountains and flora, and of late 19th century Greek customs and dress. This recording was made in the spring of 2019 at some of the sites visited by Wilde and Macmillan. Listen out for the crash of a falling tree at Olympia, the chime of the church bell at Tegea, and the lapping waves at Nafplio Harbor. (Rob Marland)
  • Text source (only read from this text!): https://archive.org/details/blackwoodsmagaz123edinuoft/page/550
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Last edited by RobMarland on May 24th, 2019, 11:38 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Post by RobMarland » May 24th, 2019, 1:07 am

Files all recorded. Am editing now, and will upload as soon as an MC claims. Thanks!
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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 1:11 am

I'll MC, Rob !

I actually did this same Peloponnese trip with the car only a few years ago. Will be fun to revisit all the spots in this story...yes I think I will also DPL, if you don't have another one up your sleeve yet.

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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 1:21 am

so here is your MW, we're all ready to roll. I saw in your introduction that you recorded them all on site :9: how cool is that ? So did you walk up all the "1000" steps of Nauplio fortress ? My sister and I actually counted them while going up ;) (we never take such claims on face value LOL) and rightly so: we only counted 888 ! at least only those outside the fortress, but maybe the total would include them all. But it was a magnificent view from up there.

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Post by RobMarland » May 24th, 2019, 1:27 am

Wow, so cool! No, I didn't go up the fortress steps. Neither did I climb up to the Larisa in Argos. I rather stubbornly stuck to what Macmillan described in this itinerary! My other excuse is that I was on a bike, so my legs were like lead. :D

First two sections ready:
https://librivox.org/uploads/kitty/peloponnese_01_macmillan_128kb.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/kitty/peloponnese_02_macmillan_128kb.mp3
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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 1:31 am

RobMarland wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 1:27 am
Wow, so cool! No, I didn't go up the fortress steps. Neither did I climb up to the Larisa in Argos. I rather stubbornly stuck to what Macmillan described in this itinerary! My other excuse is that I was on a bike, so my legs were like lead. :D
wow doing all this on the bike ! what a feat. No, I'm good at walking, but not bicycling LOL after our hiking trips we were happy to continue the trip safely in the car with air-conditioning. :lol:

Already two sections up ? I'll try to PL them soon.

Meanwhile moving this to Going solo...

BTW don't forget to put in some titles for the sections ;)

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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 2:28 am

a great start !!! I love the descriptions, it's a really cool travel blog. :9: I notice that they came in from the opposite side than we did. We came from the North and then from the East (near Athens) we crossed the isthmus to enter the Peloponnese and Arcadia, and left again via Olympia and Missolonghi, to drive back north.

Excellent job so far, Rob. Kudos on the Greek words ;) Beautifully read.

I have only one small note concerning the incomplete intro:

> at 0:01: your intro is not quite the regular one. In the first section, you should use the full disclaimer, as you can see in your first post:
"Section 1 of A Ride Across the Peloponnese. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org.
Recording by Rob...etc .
A Ride Across the Peloponnese, by George Macmillan. Section 1 (then the title)"

For the next sections you can use the abbreviated disclaimer, but also start with "Section #"

the rest is word perfect :thumbs:

looking forward to the next part.

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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 3:42 am

wohooo...what happened here :shock: were you actually recording this in full nature ? The birds go rampant here. (or is it cicadas ?) It's an interesting touch, although, truth to tell, I personally have trouble concentrating with so much distracting background music :? But I know that many people don't mind that and I realize it's hard to clean that sound :lol: Anyway, I plodded through it and managed ;)

And what's with the crashing tree ? How did that happen ? Luckily it wasn't the one you were sitting under (I hope). So you recorded it all in one go ? Were you quite isolated (apart from the birds, I mean) ? So there were no tourists around, giving you strange looks with your recorder and sheet of paper in hand ? :mrgreen:

Olympia is really a site worth seeing. We spent a whole day there and it was sooo hot, even though it was only around Easter. So cool that back then the excavations were only in the beginnings.

Again, only the intro to be changed slightly:

> at 0:01: please start with “Section 2 of...”

> at 11:41: (p. 555) “made of black and white pebbles” – you say “marbles” – I guess it’s an optional change :hmm: probably not much of a difference of meaning

Thanks, and on to section 3...

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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 3:46 am

oh I see you already reuploaded Section 1 with the full disclaimer. :thumbs: It's now PL ok. I didn't even notice the waves on the previous listen.... did you add them just now or are my ears failing me ?

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Post by RobMarland » May 24th, 2019, 3:56 am

Thanks, Sonia,

Sorry, I am not announcing every upload individually because I plan to finish editing today and don't want to bother you with multiple updates. I certainly don't expect you to PL everything so fast, but appreciate it when you do :D

Fortunately, I did two takes of some of the sections and the full disclaimer was in another take. I read section 1 at the harbour, but the sound of the waves was a bit too loud and I was getting seasick listening for 15 minutes! So the file is mostly a version I read up in the hills.

EDIT:
Yes, in Olympia a big branch of a tree on the edge of the stadium fell down with no warning. It sounded so good I had to leave it in! The birds are really loud. In a sense, it might have been a good idea to record the ambient sounds, record myself 'clean', and then lay them on top of each other and adjust the volume of the background up or down. But I thought if I was going to do it, I might as well do it as naturally as possible. I got to Olympia at 8am, and although there were some tour groups, none of them got to the Temple of Zeus while I was recording. Phew!
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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 4:03 am

RobMarland wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 3:56 am
Sorry, I am not announcing every upload individually because I plan to finish editing today and don't want to bother you with multiple updates.
that's ok, I keep an eye on the MW ;) that's when I saw it.
I certainly don't expect you to PL everything so fast, but appreciate it when you do :D
oh I have some time right now, so I also PLed section 3. I didn't visit this Apollo temple, probably because it seems to have been so out of the way LOL But I definitely remember the awesome ice-blue colour of the Alpheus !!! That was really a wonderful stretch of land :9:

Was it easy to cycle up and down this mountainous area ?
Fortunately, I did two takes of some of the sections and the full disclaimer was in another take. I read section 1 at the harbour, but the sound of the waves was a bit too loud and I was getting seasick listening for 15 minutes!
aha ! so my ears weren't mistaken. And thanks for not giving me to listen to the waves for 15 minutes :? indeed I think I would have been sea-sick as well LOL

The birds in this section are a bit less boisterous, or maybe I'm getting used to them already. Were you actually hearing them constantly while you recorded ? I think I would have gone mad with that :lol:
As you will have seen, section 3 is also uploaded
yes, and already PLed...perfect reading again, only a mention for the disclaimer (sorry :( )

> at 0:01: also here: missing “Section 3 of...”

> the long disclaimer actually can be left out here...in the second section you only used the shortened version. Maybe it would be less chaotic if you stuck to one version :hmm:

edit: ignore the last PL note, as you're using the full disclaimer everywhere now...

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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 4:06 am

oh I missed your edit...
it might have been a good idea to record the ambient sounds, record myself 'clean', and then lay them on top of each other and adjust the volume of the background up or down. But I thought if I was going to do it, I might as well do it as naturally as possible.
yes I think it was a good idea. Also this way, this will fall under "background noise" and not under "special effects" ;) much easier to accept under LV rules. So you made the right choice :mrgreen:
I got to Olympia at 8am, and although there were some tour groups, none of them got to the Temple of Zeus while I was recording. Phew!
I remember we were up very early in Delphi and totally alone on the oracle hill. Only when we came down the busses started coughing up tourists groups. There we were lucky, it was brilliant to be all alone in that spot. :9: I guess you didn't visit Delphi on your trip as it's strictly speaking not it that area but a bit further north. But it's definitely worth a trip.

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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 4:14 am

oh I just listened to the update to Section 2. So you decided to use the full disclaimer in each section, that's fine then.

That way, ignore my last PL note for section 3.

Section 2 is now PL ok

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Post by RobMarland » May 24th, 2019, 4:20 am

Thanks. Honestly, there was no decision: with everything else I had to organise I forgot to write down my disclaimers and so was trying to remember them. Hence the inconsistencies...

I hope to go back and see the places I missed, like Delphi. Really, I could have gone on to Corinth with an extra day or so, but I wanted to keep it as exact as possible. The only place I missed on their itinerary was Tripoli, as I was trying to cycle a long way that day, and they only used it as a stopover: they didn't see anything there of any interest, as you'll soon discover.
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Post by Kitty » May 24th, 2019, 4:23 am

RobMarland wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 4:20 am
Thanks. Honestly, there was no decision: with everything else I had to organise I forgot to write down my disclaimers and so was trying to remember them. Hence the inconsistencies...
ah I see :lol:

actually, sorry, but Section 3 still misses "Section 3 of..." sorry :oops: but the long disclaimer is fine then
I hope to go back and see the places I missed, like Delphi. Really, I could have gone on to Corinth with an extra day or so, but I wanted to keep it as exact as possible. The only place I missed on their itinerary was Tripoli, as I was trying to cycle a long way that day, and they only used it as a stopover: they didn't see anything there of any interest, as you'll soon discover.
we actually also drove all the way down to Sparta for half a day. By car the distances are not that far ;)

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