COMPLETE: Weekly Poetry: Danse Russe, by Williams - PO/ll

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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 12th, 2006, 8:57 pm

All recordings can be found on the catalog page: http://librivox.org/danse-russe-by-william-carlos-williams/

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Poem for the week August 13 - 19, 2006.
?Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded
?by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!


????????? This collection is closed. A grand thank you to all 16 contributors!


??William Carlos Williams
????Danse Russe


Special Request ? Please Read[/size]
Williams spent his life as a doctor practicing pediatric medicine in northern New Jersey, a few miles west of New York City. During the work day he often dashed off poems on the backs of blank prescrition pads that he kept in his pocket. This particular poem was writen in just such a spontaneous way, after seeing the Russian Ballet perform in Manhattan. He came home and, well...

Knowing the straightforward, American quality of his poetry, particularly its spontaineous nature, it might be interesting to hear recordings of this poem made in the same way ?in an unrehearsed, unedited cold read. Dash it off (which doesn't mean rush it) just as Williams did time after time on his pads. The experience (and rightly the poem) is brief, so it won't take much. You can do it! Try not to read it at all ????????? ?until you...


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Get you recording set up in place ?all of the usual details are outlined below.
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Click [RECORD] and say:

"Danse Russe" by William Carlos Williams, read for LibriVox dot org by [your name] and if you wish [your location and personal URL]

Pause 3-4 seconds and do a straight, inspired read-through of the poem:

???? If when my wife is sleeping
???? and the baby and Kathleen
???? are sleeping
???? and the sun is a flame-white disc
???? in silken mists
???? above shining trees,?
???? if I in my north room
???? dance naked, grotesquely
???? before my mirror
???? waving my shirt round my head
???? and singing softly to myself:
???? "I am lonely, lonely.
???? I was born to be lonely,
???? I am best so!"
???? If I admire my arms, my face,
???? my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
???? against the yellow drawn shades,?

???? Who shall say I am not
???? the happy genius of my household?


Wait 3-4 seconds and finish with:

End of poem. This recording is in the public domain.

And end with 4-5 seconds of silence.

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See! You can do it!
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Prepare the Sound File Before You Upload It
  • Set your recording software for these specs: Bit Rate: 128 kbps and Sample Rate: 44100 kHzs
  • Set the ID3 tags like this:
    ??Title: Danse Russe ? Read by [your initials]
    ??Artist: William Carlos Williams
    ??Album: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
    ??Genre: Speech
    ??Comments: (Optional) Public Domain; read by [your name]
  • Check to be certain that the sound file is free of any omissions and/or distracting glitches
  • Check to be certain that you are about to save the file as an MP3 with the proper settings
  • Save the file in all lower case using this specific filename format:
    ??danse_russe_williams__[your initials ?max 4].mp3
Post Your Link and Citation

What To Do With Your Completed Recording and Citation Info
  • Either post a personal link to your completed files here in the thread... or
  • For those who can FTP files, my prefered upload option is detailed
    in Cloud Mountain's Uploader Wiki, including instructions for getting started.
    There's also a simple way to upload files to my server using FireFox. Please read/try it, okay?
  • Another upload option is available through the generous LVer kayray.
    Simply log on to: librivox.kayray.org using the password: vox.
  • A final and ofttimes unpredictable way to transfer files is to email your sound files via
    youSENDit to: cloudmountain AT gmail DOT com. You can visit youSENDit HERE.
    Be certain to supply the link youSENDit gives you.
  • Whatever method you use for uploading your sound files, be certain to provide the link where the file is stored.

When you post your link (especially if you're doing this for the first time) please also include the following information
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  • Your name as you would like it credited on the catalog page
  • Any URL you want your name linked to (only if your information is not yet in the LV wiki) Check Your Status Here!.
  • And please keep in mind the Special Request at the top of this post. Thanks.
For those who like the details: When you're finshed here, why not take a walk
over to Long Poems Collection 002 and make a
spontaneous 5 to 30 minute contribution there as well!


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Last edited by Cloud Mountain on August 20th, 2006, 9:04 am, edited 8 times in total.
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Post by featherheadfop » August 12th, 2006, 9:37 pm

My reading has been uploaded to CloudMountain's FTP, I think ...? Otherwise, here it is on my own domain :
http://www.violetoulouse.net/files/Librivox/danse_russe_williams_kjb.mp3

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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 12th, 2006, 9:53 pm

featherheadfop wrote:My reading has been uploaded to CloudMountain's FTP, I think ...? Otherwise, here it is on my own domain
Yes featherheadfop, I received your contribution on my server fine 'n' dandy.
Good work. Thanks much.

Can a woman be a fop? I think not traditionally ?even with feathers.
But gee, the whole world's continually turned upside down.
Why not even foppery?

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Post by kristin » August 12th, 2006, 10:40 pm

Ok, here you go, ice cold. I am unfamiliar with the poem and I didn't even peek before I read it.

http://librivox.kayray.org/uploader/files/danse_russe_williams_klh.mp3

Interesting and rather therapeutic as I sometimes will just keep deleting and re-recording. (I really need help with this problem. I would get a lot more done if I could stop deleting things.) :(

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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 12th, 2006, 10:53 pm

kristin wrote:Ok, here you go, ice cold. I am unfamiliar with the poem and I didn't even peek before I read it.

Interesting and rather therapeutic as I sometimes will just keep deleting and re-recording. (I really need help with this problem. I would get a lot more done if I could stop deleting things.) :(
You did terrifically! Not ice cold at all. Nice 'n' warm. Good work KH. I especially like the slight tingling sound (earings?) when you mention the trees. Sounded unrehearsed to me! And confidently hesitant. You jumped right in, girl! You MUST do this sort of thing more often! You don't have to delete spontaneity!

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Post by kristin » August 12th, 2006, 11:34 pm

Thanks Alan. I'll try to control my deleting.
Cloud Mountain wrote: I especially like the slight tingling sound (earings?) when you mention the trees.
Ack, cat tags. I missed that when I listened to it. Guess I'm too used to hearing them, they don't register.

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Post by Laura » August 13th, 2006, 4:41 am

Meh. I did it. I'm not very good at spontaneity... or poetry in general... so i take it a spontaneous poem is always good??

Its uploaded by FTP (see? I'm getting good at this whole gadgetey gismo-ey thing?)
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Post by Cori » August 13th, 2006, 4:55 am

Here's another one at http://piratelibrary.com/librivox/danse_russe_williams__cs.mp3

I followed the instructions exactly, and this is why you may catch the spontaneous cat sneezes in the background. :roll:

How do we know if our initials are unique ... I've not been here in a while, and you might have had nothing but CS-people signing up in the interim..?
There's honestly no such thing as a stupid question -- but I'm afraid I can't rule out giving a stupid answer : : To Posterity and Beyond!

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Post by MermaidMaddie » August 13th, 2006, 6:24 am

Here's the link to mine, in Kara's uploader.

Un-"rehearsed" and captured on the first run-through as requested...whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen :roll:

Still, even to a person like myself who is not especially enamored of poetry in general, how could you not love a poem that talks about dancing naked and "grotesquely" around the room? ;) Haven't we all had those moments? :shock:

http://librivox.kayray.org/uploader/files/danse_russe_williams_mm.mp3
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Post by featherheadfop » August 13th, 2006, 9:17 am

Cloud Mountain wrote:
featherheadfop wrote:My reading has been uploaded to CloudMountain's FTP, I think ...? Otherwise, here it is on my own domain
Yes featherheadfop, I received your contribution on my server fine 'n' dandy.
Good work. Thanks much.

Can a woman be a fop? I think not traditionally ?even with feathers.
But gee, the whole world's continually turned upside down.
Why not even foppery?

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Ha, I think fops have always been a bit on the feminine side, so for a woman to become a fop doesn't require such a leap of faith. But no, I don't think it's traditionally done ;).

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Post by Ianna » August 13th, 2006, 7:52 pm

My spontaineous reading of the Williams poem is now on your server.
You know my info.

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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 14th, 2006, 4:10 pm

So far...
thanks to the following people:

Cori
Ianna
Kelly
Kristin
Laura
Maddie

Everything is just fine.
Great spontaneity all around!

Thanks to each of you, much, much.
Each is an unique contribution.



Have to comment now (to all at LV) that
it's interesting to see only women contributing
so far. Is this a deep telling of some kind?
Is it a statement about men and spontaneity?
This poem was written by a MAN!
Men are invited to read it as well!

(Just an observation.)
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Post by ductapeguy » August 14th, 2006, 7:15 pm

While I was waiting for my chapter of 20000 leagues to finish uploading, I recored the weekly poem.

I have uploaded it to cloudmountain's ftp site.

Sean 8)
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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 14th, 2006, 8:09 pm

Thanks Sean,

Got your version! Tags, etc. all fine.
Congrats on being the first male voice!

What brand mike are you using?
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Post by Cloud Mountain » August 14th, 2006, 11:20 pm

Cori wrote: How do we know if our initials are unique ... I've not been here in a while, and you might have had nothing but CS-people signing up in the interim..?
Sorry Cori, forgot to get back to you on this. You're just fine as CS. You're listed as such in the LibriVox Readers and Their Catalog Names. It's all reserved for you. No others. ?Alan
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