COMPLETE: Weekly Poetry - Jazz Fantasia by Sandburg -PO/fx

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Post by Fox in the Stars » July 30th, 2006, 10:28 am

This weekly poetry project is now complete. If you still wish to record this poem, please submit it to the current Short Poetry Collection.

All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/jazz-fantasia-by-carl-sandburg/


Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible!

This week we're reading "Jazz Fantasia" by Carl Sandburg. This poem is a special challenge because, as you'll find when you read it, it isn't just about jazz, it is jazz. The rhythm is central, but not so clearly defined, so play around and improvise!

Also watch for a guest recording by my own special Jazz Man... ^_~

Here is the poem at Barbleby: http://www.bartleby.com/231/0306.html
Wikipedia on the Author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Sandburg

Before Recording,
Please check the Recording Notes thread:
http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
If this is your first recording, you'll also find this useful:
http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/NewbieGuideToRecording

And be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz (32 and 22.5 also acceptable)

Start Recording! :D

Because we use the abbreviated "librivox disclaimer" for weekly poetry, start by saying the title and author/source. This week, that's:
Jazz Fantasia
by Carl Sandburg
Then, say the abbreviated disclaimer:
read for Librivox.org by [Your Name]
(If desired, add your location, your personal URL, etc.)
Now read the body of the poem:
DRUM on your drums, batter on your banjoes, sob on the long cool winding saxophones. Go to it, O jazzmen.

Sling your knuckles on the bottoms of the happy tin pans, let your trombones ooze, and go hushahusha-hush with the slippery sand-paper.

Moan like an autumn wind high in the lonesome tree-tops, moan soft like you wanted somebody terrible, cry like a racing car slipping away from a motorcycle cop, bang-bang! you jazzmen, bang altogether drums, traps, banjoes, horns, tin cans?make two people fight on the top of a stairway and scratch each other?s eyes in a clinch tumbling down the stairs.

Can the rough stuff ? now a Mississippi steamboat pushes up the night river with a hoo-hoo-hoo-oo ? and the green lanterns calling to the high soft stars ? a red moon rides on the humps of the low river hills ? go to it, O jazzmen.
At the end, say:
End of Poem.
(I personally like to add "This recording is in the public domain.")
Leave 3-5 seconds silent, then stop recording.

After Recording,

Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:

File name ? all in lowercase: jazz_fantasia_sandburg_[your initials in 4 letters or less].mp3

ID-3 tags:
Title: Jazz Fantasia - Read by [your initials]
Artist: Carl Sandburg
Album: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
Genre: Speech
Comments (Optional): Public Domain; read by [your name]

Here are three basic options for sending in your files:
  1. Post them on your own webspace and link to them there
  2. Post them to our "LibriBox" upload utility and holding space here:
    http://librivixen.shininghalf.com
    password: pubdomain
    You can then link to it at librivixen.shininghalf.com/uploader/files/[your filename]
  3. Send them via YouSendIt.com to foxinthestars(at)shininghalf(dot)co(dot)YOO-KAY. This will generate a link which you can post.
Whichever of these options you use, please reply below and post a link to your file. This safeguards against your submission being lost in case of e-mail crashes and such. If you can't get any of this to work, just say so; help is available.

When you post your link, please include your name as you would like it credited on the catalog page and any URL by which you would like it accompanied.

If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 5th (that's 22:00 GMT/UTC/Zulu time same date).


Enjoy! :D
Last edited by Fox in the Stars on August 11th, 2006, 11:19 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by thistlechick » July 30th, 2006, 12:54 pm

~ Betsie
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Post by Peter Why » July 30th, 2006, 1:19 pm

Here you go:

I said "... Sting your knuckles ..." it seemed to make more sense than "sling" , so I wondered if it was a mistake in proof-reading. Tell me if it *really* should be "sling" and I'll do it again. It's fun; takes me back to jazz and folk clubs in Soho of long years ago.

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=38448B4B5E9EC424

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Post by Starlite » July 30th, 2006, 1:47 pm

Peter Why wrote: It's fun; takes me back to jazz and folk clubs in Soho of long years ago. Peter
It sounds like you were having lots of fun! :lol: :lol:
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Post by Fox in the Stars » July 30th, 2006, 2:51 pm

Betsie, Peter, got 'em!

Peter, I think it is "sling," but I think yours will be fine as it is.
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Post by Peter Why » July 30th, 2006, 3:03 pm

Thanks, Laura, ... do ask for a correction if you'd like one; it's no effort at all.

... and thanks, Starlite; are you going to have a go?

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Post by Starlite » July 30th, 2006, 3:07 pm

Peter Why wrote: ... and thanks, Starlite; are you going to have a go? Peter
Not on this one I'm afraid :?
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people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress,
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Post by 12makoto » July 30th, 2006, 3:13 pm

Here's anudder.

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=7E9F91E7590BF0EC

I'm using a new mic (USB, oo no background fuzz!). So, I'd appreciate some feedback (especially on volume). Thanks!

Sean

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Post by Starlite » July 30th, 2006, 3:19 pm

12makoto wrote: So, I'd appreciate some feedback (especially on volume). Thanks! Sean
Volume is good! I have a tv and fan on behind me and I didn't have to increase the volume on this from the last one I listened to. (Think it was Peter's)

Sounds nice and clean too :)
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Post by Fox in the Stars » July 30th, 2006, 10:21 pm

Got it, Sean! They all sound good.

Peter---I love yours; wouldn't ask you to change a thing. ^_~ Actually I think it's nice with the weekly poems that the pressure is off of any one version to be totally accurate and some variation becomes okay.


And, here are my own contributions!

This is me:
http://librivixen.shininghalf.com/uploader/files/jazz_fantasia_sandburg_lf.mp3

And this... is my Dad:
http://librivixen.shininghalf.com/uploader/files/jazz_fantasia_sandburg_rlg.mp3
(You can tell he's much more jazz-literate than me; both of us took the "somewhere between reciting and singing" tack, but his rhythms are much more jazzy and inventive, I think...)

He's not very computer literate, so don't expect to see him around the forum, but when I visited him and Mom a month or so ago I got him to make a recording, since this is his favorite poem and I knew he had such a great way of performing it (he's a retired English teacher turned Pastor, and I've been hearing him demonstrate with this poem since I was a kid). However, I did do it with my noisy mic just plugged into my iRiver (it's not a bad mic otherwise but it seems to pick up noise really bad...), and listening to it... I decided not to change a thing. It didn't seem quite like Dad anymore if I edited out his taking breaths, and there aren't any stumbles or repeats, so I decided just to go with it.

And yes, it's his birthday this week. ^_~


(EDIT: Dad's link is now fixed; thanks, ezwa!)
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Post by thall » July 31st, 2006, 9:38 pm

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=D31FEA7D57862B3D

I'm not as happy as I wanted to be with this. I didn't quite get the mood I was going for, even after 10 tries. This one had the least amount of background noise.

Please critique!

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Post by Fox in the Stars » August 1st, 2006, 12:10 pm

Tracy, Ezwa, got 'em. They sound good! ^_^
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Post by tearsonroses » August 1st, 2006, 8:35 pm

I deceided to give this one a shot, although it is not really my genre. Please let me know how my volume is on this, my last recording was too quite.

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=1D6F527C22364B2A

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Post by LibraryLady » August 1st, 2006, 9:19 pm

I purposely haven't listened to anyone else's recordings yet because I didn't want any one else's reading to influence my own if that makes sense. It's one of those highly interpretable, stylized poems and I wanted to read it fresh without anyone else's reading already in my head. So now that I have mine recorded, I'm looking forward to listening to the others (especially Laura's dad!).

Here it is, first take and unedited (:!:): http://www.anniecoleman.com/resources/jazz_fantasia_sandburg_apc.mp3

EDIT: Listened to them all, we've got some great jazzy readers here! Laura - yours made me think instantly of your recording of "The Congo."

And your dad's is just perfect, so authentic and you can just hear his passion for the poem.

Ezwa - your accent sounds especially enchanting on this poem for some reason. :)
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