This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/manfred-by-george-gordon-lord-byron/
Manfred is a dramatic poem in three acts by Lord Byron, and possibly a self confessional work. A noble, Manfred, is haunted by the memory of some unspeakable crime. In seeking for forgetfulness and oblivion, he wanders between his castle and the mountains. He has several encounters with the people who try to assist him, as well as spirits that rule nature and human destiny. The poem explores themes of morality, religion, guilt and the human condition. (Summary by TimSC)
- Is there a deadline?
We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim (or by the target completion date, whatever is sooner). Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. 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. The target completion date for this project is 2012-Sep-01 .
- How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here
To find a role to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them need a reader to be assigned. Because of the large number of small parts, please check the description of the roles and find one that is appropriate. Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which role you'd like to read. The BC will check the casting is suitable. Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
Description of Characters
Manfred, a count (or lord), highly capable, seeks to escape his past, feels guilt for an unspeakable crime, "Half dust, half deity", a "bird of prey", "a man of many thoughts", younger than middle aged, but an old soul, loved Astarte "as we should not love" (incest?), responsible for Astarte's death, like a Lion alone, "yet so young" (760 lines)
First spirit, an air or star spirit, female? (66 lines)
Second spirit, a mountain spirit, female (42 lines)
Third Spirit, an oceanic spirit, female (38 lines)
Fourth spirit, an earth spirit, female (37 lines)
Fifth Spirit, a wind spirit, female (37 lines)
Sixth Spirit, a night spirit, female (6 lines)
Seventh Spirit, a spirit of fate, beautiful female, (connected to Astarte?) (27 lines)
Spirit, this could be the "first spirit" (18 lines)
Another spirit, this could be the "second spirit" (24 lines)
First Destiny, female, spirit over living things, understands Manfred (69 lines)
Second Destiny, female, spirit over living things (8 lines)
Third Destiny, female, spirit over living things (7 lines)
Nemesis, female, spirit over living things (52 lines)
Arimanes, lord of spirits, Prince of Earth and Air, male (2 lines)
A voice, foretells Manfred's fate, possibly Manfred's conscience? (70 lines)
A Voice without, this could be "a voice"? (10 lines)
Second voice without (8 lines)
Chamois Hunter, "a peasant of the Alps", skilled hunter, a "harmless villager", rarely leaves the mountains, a "brute of burden", far older than Manfred (75 lines)
Witch of the Alps, spirit of a waterfall, has a "celestial aspect", "Daughter of Air" (28 lines)
Abbot Of St. Maurice, has "Age and zeal, my office, And good intent", concerned for Manfred's soul, an "Old man" (123 lines)
Herman, servant of Manfred, cautious but loyal (35 lines)
Manuel, "elderly and wise", served Manfred's father (31 lines)
Phantom of Astarte, female, loved "as we should not love" and heart broken by Manfred, similar to Manfred but "temper'd into beauty", Manfred responsible for Astarte's death (6 lines)
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20158
- Please claim roles (the numbers in the first column below)! Please note: All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. When you submit your recording, you will be placing your recording in the public domain as well.
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 don't download files belonging to projects in process (unless you are the BC or PL). Our servers are not set up to handle the greater volume of traffic. Please wait until the project has been completed. Thanks!
BC Admin =================================
Genres for the project:
horror-ghost-stories, literature, poetry
Keywords that describe the book:
dramatic poem gothic spirit alps faust faustian guilt supernatural romantic
- BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
Submit one file per act.
- Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
[Role], read by [your name].
If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:
At the beginning: Act [#] of Manfred, by Lord Byron . This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.
At the end: End of Act [#]. At the end of the play, add End of Manfred, by Lord Byron .
Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
- AFTER recording:
Save files as 128 kbps MP3 Manfred_[role]_[#].mp3 (all lower-case), where # is the act number.
ID3 V2 tags: Not needed for individual parts.
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:
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
- You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: alg - alg1001
- When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread.
- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader:
Any questions? Please post below or PM me.