COMPLETE - The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius - NF/ge

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Gesine
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Post by Gesine » April 30th, 2006, 2:10 am

This project is now complete, and available to download from the catalogue page:- http://librivox.org/the-consolation-of-philosophy-by-boethius/


The Consolation of Philosophy by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius. Translated by H.R. James.

This is a fun book, well written and not like the sometimes dry philosophy fare. It consists of poems (songs) and prose. Most sections have a song and a short section of prose. All sections are very short - the longest perhaps 20 minutes, the shortest about 3 minutes. So this is a nice thing to do in-between longer chapters, or come back for more helpings! :)
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    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 blue number, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
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    Artist: Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (transl. James)
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earthcalling
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Post by earthcalling » April 30th, 2006, 2:35 am

Hi Gesine,

Can I take:-

05 - Song IV: Nothing Can Subdue Virtue, and section IV
13 - Section V, and Song V: The Former Age

Thanks,

David

Gesine
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Post by Gesine » April 30th, 2006, 9:15 am

Certainly! Thanks, David.
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KBD
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Post by KBD » May 3rd, 2006, 5:53 pm

I am willing to give it a shot.
I will take:
#04 book one, Song 3 The Mists Dispelled Section 3

and

#35 book four, Section 7 and Song 7 The Hero's Path

If those are still available.
KBD

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Post by Gesine » May 3rd, 2006, 11:38 pm

Hi KBD! They are yours. Let me know if you need any help. :)
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Post by a.r.dobbs » May 4th, 2006, 1:26 am

Hi Gesine,

These are *very* short bits, could I have this little run:
07 - Song VI: All Things Have Their Needful Order, and section VI
08 - Song VII: The Perturbations of Passion (song only)
09 - Section I. (ignore the Summary) (prose and song)

a.r.dobbs

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Post by Gesine » May 4th, 2006, 5:03 am

Thanks, Anita! 07-09 are yours. :)
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earthcalling
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Post by earthcalling » May 4th, 2006, 9:08 am

Gesine,

Here's my first contribution:-

05 - Song IV: Nothing Can Subdue Virtue, and section IV

http://download.yousendit.com/2C09AFCF51DA8BBC

David

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Post by redelf » May 4th, 2006, 1:02 pm

Hi Gesine,

I enjoyed reading this book (I've been meaning to for years), thanks for giving me a reason to actually get around to doing it.
I would like to have a bash at reading out

11 - Section III, and Song III: All Passes
and
14 - Section VI, and Song VI: Nero's Infamy

I am new to librivox so I would be greatful for any advice you, or anyone else, could give me.

Mal

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Post by a.r.dobbs » May 4th, 2006, 9:38 pm

Hi Hi redelf -- Welcome to the readership!

If I can help anytime, please call on me.
I'm a slightly experienced (dented) newbie.
You invited advice, and so I offer you (and you are the first to receive them!) my top two tips [Edit: now I have a third]:


1) Come under the wing of your wonderful Book Coordinator

---first by reading her post at the top of this page
and following her link there "2. New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!"
http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/NewbieGuideToRecording

---and then by sending her a sample:
when you're set to record, make a test (like 1 minute) and send it to Gesine so she can spot any recording problems and tell you great solutions (we struggle often with low-volume files).


2) Input volume -- tell your computer to make your microphone loud

This is the first step in getting a great recording volume.
(I have to reset this volume to high every time I plug in my mic.
As soon as I unplug it, the volume resets to mid-volume.
Before I knew about this mic volume control, I recorded at the midvolume, my files were too faint and I had to artificially amplify them, and when I did that, all the little noises and hisses in my recording were amplified too, sadly.)

How to: on my PC, with my mic plugged in (a USB headset),
Start > Control Panels > Sounds and Audio devices > click the Audio Tab along the top ... in the Sound Recording section of the window ... I see that my microphone is named there ... then I click the Volume tab -- and I slide volume up near the top.

(:

[May 7 Edit:

3) Gain -- the final step in boosting faint files [between the first, mentioned above, and this last, there are several additional ways to boost and improve recordings in Audacity]

If your file is still faint, cautiously adjust gain at the left side of the track. In Audacity, at the left side of each track,
under the "Mute" and "Solo" buttons is a gain slider;
drag the slider one to the right, listen,
maybe one more to the right, listen.
It instantly increases the volume of your track.
The volume stays intact when you export to mp3, so your file won't be too faint.
(Noise and stuff...separate issue and not so important as comfortable listening volume is.)

End of May 7 edit]

When I was a newer, undented newbie, I somehow missed the very helpful Newbie files that Gesine's link leads to.

And I never thought of increasing my mic volume till I stumbled over someone's advice in one of the forums. (Too late for five recordings I'd already sent, alas.)

So I call them tips, but I feel they're treasures.
Little treasures that help us get down to - - r e a d i n g ! - - Welcome, reader!

a.r.dobbs
By the way, I use Audacity on a PC (with a USB headset microphone by Logitech) to record and edit, and if you have a similar recording set up, I'll happily share / compare settings and such. If you have a different set up, someone else around here has the same as yours, for sure, and can compare notes with you.
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Post by a.r.dobbs » May 4th, 2006, 10:26 pm

David, what a lovely reading. Clear and measured, resonant with meaning.



Gesine, could I add this to my list?
06 - Song V: Boethius' Prayer, and section V
(Unless you could be persuaded to read it yourself?)

a.r.dobbs

Gesine
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Post by Gesine » May 5th, 2006, 12:19 am

earthcalling - wonderful reading, thank you.

redelf - can't really add anything to a.r.'s great advice! Sections 11 & 14 are yours, thanks.

a.r.dobbs - thanks for you help! And I've signed you up for 06. I'll read some of this, but need to finish Darwin and some other long chapters I claimed first.
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Post by Gesine » May 5th, 2006, 11:36 am

KBD - have received section 35, thank you very much. Will email you about a couple of issues.
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earthcalling
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Post by earthcalling » May 5th, 2006, 12:06 pm

Hi folks,

I'm struggling to understand a phrase in my next section -

13 - Section V, and Song V: The Former Age

Here it is:-
Yet these fine things show their quality better in the spending than in the hoarding; for I suppose 'tis plain that greed Alva's makes men hateful, while liberality brings fame.
That Alva's makes no sense to me. Not just that I don't know who Alva is (I can forgive my own ignorance!), but even grammatically I can't work it out, so I don't know how to read it.

I wonder whether it's a typo for 'always'. Or an odd way of saying 'the greed of Alva'.

Any ideas?

David

(PS - Many thanks for the nice words, a.r. and Gesine)

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Post by Gesine » May 5th, 2006, 1:20 pm

David - you don't know who Alva is!? :shock: Get out of my project! - No, seriously: I don't have a clue who Alva might be. Just googled Boethius Alva, not much luck. As you said, it's ungrammatical, too... 'Always' seems to be the best fit for the sentence, but could it be misspelled like that? I'm bothered by the capital A. Hmmmm... I'm stumped. Perhaps you might post in the Help Wanted forum to see if anyone knows more?
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