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Post by the_beuks » July 29th, 2006, 11:06 pm

Hi, my name is Dave, I'm a sophomore at Chapman University in Orange, CA (but an Idaho native). I really enjoy reading and recording, so I asked the good folks at Project Gutenberg how I could contribute audiobooks, and they sent me here. What an amazing community, I'm glad to be a part!

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Post by Caeristhiona » July 29th, 2006, 11:40 pm

Hi Dave! Wilkommen! I'm an alumna of Biola, down near that area, currently residing in L.A. proper. Glad to meet a fellow Orange County collegiate!
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Post by a.r.dobbs » July 30th, 2006, 12:02 am

Big Welcome, Dave!
I also Really enjoy reading aloud and being read to. And I love hanging out with others of like likes. :D It's a great batch o' people and projects happening here.

My favorite overview of the process is http://librivox.org/volunteer-for-librivox/
and my favorite howto is http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/NewbieGuideToRecording

Have you already recorded or will this be new territory? What sort of reading do you most enjoy? Use your thread to let us know if you have questions and what you're up to as you dive in.

Thanks for joining in!!
Anita

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Post by the_beuks » July 30th, 2006, 8:13 am

I'm a music major, and fairly experienced with all the technical aspects of making it, so I know my way around recording. I really enjoy sci-fi/fantasy, but I'll read most anything. I'll read the nutrition labels on cereal boxes just for my own enjoyment.

I won't be starting to record until I get set up again for the new semester in a few weeks. Until then, I'll get to know my way around LibriVox and how things work here.

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Post by the_beuks » July 30th, 2006, 8:30 am

Oh, one question. When I read books or chapters or poems for these projects, do I just read straight through (using proper inflection and tone of voice of course, not monotone), or can I do crazy dramatic stuff like effects and interesting voices or even other people reading for different characters (as long as I stick to the text)?

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Post by kayray » July 30th, 2006, 8:47 am

the_beuks wrote: I'll read the nutrition labels on cereal boxes just for my own enjoyment..
Don't we all :)

Welcome!

Some people like to use character voices, some don't -- that's entirely up to you! For collaborative projects, please avoid sound effects etc. unless the book coordinator wants them. If you plan a solo project, though, you can add whatever you like as long as it is clearly and verifyably in the public domain. It is a giant headache for the cataloging team to try to make sure extra noise, music, and whatnot are PD so have mercy on us :) If you create them yourself, no problem. We *mostly* try to avoid sound effects because *mostly* we are trying to create audiobooks, not radioplays, but, y'know, who are we to squash someone's fun! If it makes you happy (and is in the public domain) go for it! :)

Well, that was wordy :) If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask, and most of all have fun!
Kara
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Post by a.r.dobbs » July 30th, 2006, 9:02 am

To echo in a different voice: if you sign up for a chapter in a book (Readers Wanted: Books), check with the coordinator before adding sound effects. (any collaborative venture)

You'll find some company 'round here, though. Stephan, Sandra, me, etc.
extremely atypical for LibriVox (from our bash, Ulysses 15c):
http://librivox.gesine.org/upload/ulysses/Script2nd3rd_edit_v17.mp3
(by the way, do you love to edit? We have a couple little bits that are needed in 15c: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2476 -- if your eyes glaze over when you see the page, skip over it; find what you love here at LibriVox or start it up (don't let me talk you into helping us out in a desperate situation ;) even though we reeeeaaaallly need some musical editor to add special touches to our section called The Dance ... 8) )
check sound effects in 2nd half of Sandra's file:
http://www.studioae.com/LibriVox/gems/sandra.mp3
or her fun with Audacity and homemade music:
http://www.studioae.com/LibriVox/gems/Dish_Washing_Song.mp3

Anyway, there's lots ahead!
Looking forward to hearing more from you!
Anita

Different voices -- Definitely!
Other people read along -- Definitely!! Get them to say their name someplace in the recording time, and include them in the opening credit.
On-the-spot-vocally-produced sound effects -- Definitely! but do check with the coordinator first even though those are patently Public Domain effects (oh, oh, and footsteps and creaky doors and water pouring, etc. on the spot with your own instant foley stuff -- gee ... the fun ahead -- again, check with the book coordinator because they may --
:oops: oooops, I never checked with hugh ever before going full tilt into Ulysses 15c experiment, oh my. But he had special rules set up for that, and ... that's my excuse :D it looked like anything goes for that one.)

:D
i'll shut up now (but not for long :twisted: )

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Post by the_beuks » July 30th, 2006, 1:56 pm

Oh, also I'm a music composition major to be specific, so if anybody needs music written and made, let me know!

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