OK, here's a rather ambitious first BC project for me.
It's a play I'm really passionate about, and I really wanted to do Portia, so I figured I'd best BC it!
I'm very pleased that Kristin has thankfully said she'd be MC for me, which I'm very grateful for (Thanks AGAIN Kristin).
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
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This play generally has few parts, but those which are there have lots of lines.
I'd really like this play to have that great Shakespearean 'musical flow' through the speech. If there's anyone who's never done Shakespeare before who'd like to take one of the smaller parts, please feel free. If this is your first time reading Shakespeare and you aren't quite sure how to get the 'flow' I'll be happy to get on the phone with you and help.
Launcelot Gobbo: Should be pronounced "Lawn-se-lot" not "Lanse-a-lot".
Tubal: Should be pronounced "Tibbal" rather than "Tube-al"
I'll add more as they come up.
- How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here
To find a section to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are “up for grabs.” Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which section you’d like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Is there a deadline?
Target completion date of this project: June 1, 2010 – but try to send your recordings as soon as you can. Completion date for individual roles: May 1, 2010. (This will allow time for editing and proof-listening of the final project.) If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it’ll go back to the pool. There’s no shame in this; we’re all volunteers and things happen.
- Where do I find the text?
Source text (please only read from this text!): TEXT TO BE READ FROM
You may use this text to assist you finding your lines, but as it *may* not be copyright free please do NOT read from this one... OPENSOURCE Shakespeare LINK
- Please claim sections (the numbers in the first column below)!
If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.
PLEASE NOTE: Please record ONE ACT per file. Thanks
- BEFORE recording:
Please check the Recording Notes:
Set your recording software to:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
- DURING recording:
Make sure you add this to the beginning and end of your recording:
Start of recording (Intro)
"The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. . Charactername Act xx"
- At the end of the section, say:
“End of [Charactername Act xx]"
Please leave 5 seconds silence at the end of your recording, or 10 seconds for files longer than 30 minutes!
Also, please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
Save files as
128 kbps MP3
merchantofvenice_carachtername_act#_shakespeare.mp3 (all lower-case) where # is the act you are recording. (e.g. merchantofvenice_portia_act1_shakespeare.mp3)
Recording Notes: Please record your dialog with a 1-2 second pause in between your lines, so that the waveforms don't touch each other. Please do not attempt any type of filtering or modification of the "raw" sound.
Please insert this Tone in between scene breaks. It'll make it much easier to visually spot the scene divisions when editing. Thanks!
BTW - this tone can be generated inside Audacity by selecting Generate>Tone. It'll default to a 30-second length, but can be trimmed down like any other sound. (Trim to about 5 seconds)
ID3 V2 tags
(To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/WhatIsID3)
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, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!
Title:Charachtername act# scene#
Album: Merchant of Venice
Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
Transfer of files (completed recordings)
Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file.
Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader (when your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread):
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: kh - kristin
- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
Please post below or PM me.