by William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878)
All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/midsummer-by-william-cullen-bryant/
Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!This poem taken from the Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant, Household Edition. (Summary by David Lawrence)
This week's poem can be found here.
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BC Admin Please be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz
Have questions on "how"?
Check LV's Recording Notes thread before recording: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
If this is your first recording, you'll also find this useful: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Newbie_Guide_to_Recording
Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
(Please leave no more than 0.5-1 second of silence at the beginning of your recording!)
Then read the poem:Midsummer by William Cullen Bryant, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
At the end of your reading, leave a space and then say:
A power is on the earth and in the air
From which the vital spirit shrinks afraid,
And shelters him, in nooks of deepest shade,
From the hot steam and from the fiery glare.
Look forth upon the earth—her thousand plants
Are smitten; even the dark sun-loving maize
Faints in the field beneath the torrid blaze;
The herd beside the shaded fountain pants;
For life is driven from all the landscape brown;
The bird has sought his tree, the snake his den,
The trout floats dead in the hot stream, and men
Drop by the sun-stroke in the populous town;
As if the Day of Fire had dawned, and sent
Its deadly breath into the firmament.
End of poem. This recording is in the public domain.
Please leave 5 seconds of silence at the end of your recording.
Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:
File name - all in lowercase: midsummer_bryant_your initials in lowercase.mp3 (eg. midsummer_bryant_klh.mp3)
ID3 tags (Version 2):
Artist Name: William Cullen Bryant
Track Title: Midsummer - Read by YOUR INITIALS (eg. Midsummer - Read by KLH)
Album Title: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
Comments: (optional) Recorded by [your name]
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: dl - aradlaw
- 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.
If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 0600 GMT Sunday, INSERT DATE (12:00AM CDT) [/b]
(And remember, anyone can suggest a poem for a certain week and/or coordinate an upcoming weekly poem! If you'd like to suggest a poem or coordinate a future Weekly Poetry project, please visit this thread.)