[COMPLETE] Multilingual Christmas Carol Collection 2019 - tg

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Post by TriciaG » December 3rd, 2019, 9:07 am

I fixed your link in the uploader folder. The file is now at https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_carolforchristmaseve_arl_128kb.mp3

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Post by RomanosMusic » December 3rd, 2019, 9:15 am

TriciaG wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 9:07 am
I fixed your link in the uploader folder. The file is now at https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_carolforchristmaseve_arl_128kb.mp3

:)
:clap: :clap: :clap: Thank you Tricia :D

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Post by commonsparrow3 » December 3rd, 2019, 2:02 pm

TriciaG wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 9:07 am
I fixed your link in the uploader folder. The file is now at https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_carolforchristmaseve_arl_128kb.mp3
Thank you, Tricia! I just got home from work to find a problem already resolved before I even had to think about it! You are quick! :) (I never even noticed the incorrect file name last night. :oops: )

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Post by commonsparrow3 » December 3rd, 2019, 2:21 pm

RomanosMusic wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 8:43 am
...and while we at it

Title - Oh Little Town of Bethlehem https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_ohlittletownofbethlehem_arl_128kb.mp3

Words by Philip Brooks Music by L. H. Redner

Text - https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=pst.000067569229&view=2up&seq=10&size=125

Length 3:30

(It's my own arrangement)
Thanks, Romano! Another gorgeous rendition of a gorgeous carol!

Just one thing to be corrected before I mark it PL OK. The author's name is Phillips Brooks, not Philip Brooks. (I know, that's an odd first name -- it sounds like a plural -- but I didn't name him!) It may seem like a fussy little thing to ask you to correct. But since it's a rather well-known carol, I'd like to make sure we get the author's name correct. You only mentioned his name in the intro, not the outro, so there's only one place that needs correcting.

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Post by RomanosMusic » December 4th, 2019, 1:39 am

commonsparrow3 wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 2:21 pm
RomanosMusic wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 8:43 am
...and while we at it

Title - Oh Little Town of Bethlehem https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_ohlittletownofbethlehem_arl_128kb.mp3

Words by Phillips Brooks Music by L. H. Redner

Text - https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=pst.000067569229&view=2up&seq=10&size=125

Length 3:30

(It's my own arrangement)
Thanks, Romano! Another gorgeous rendition of a gorgeous carol!

Just one thing to be corrected before I mark it PL OK. The author's name is Phillips Brooks, not Philip Brooks. (I know, that's an odd first name -- it sounds like a plural -- but I didn't name him!) It may seem like a fussy little thing to ask you to correct. But since it's a rather well-known carol, I'd like to make sure we get the author's name correct. You only mentioned his name in the intro, not the outro, so there's only one place that needs correcting.
Here is the corrected file
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_ohlittletownofbethlehem_arl_128kb.mp3
Funny that I'd written "Phillips" on the script - weird how the brain perceives certain words :lol:

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Post by NishthaRocks » December 4th, 2019, 6:34 am

Hello!

Here is...

The Twelve Days Of Christmas : http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/twelve_days_of_christmas-1.htm

The carol has been written in English by Austin Frederic

Born: 30 March 1872, London, United Kingdom
Died: 10 April 1952, London, United Kingdom

Here's the link to the text

https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_[twelvedaysofchristmas]_[pn]_128kb.mp3

I am playing the guitar in the recording. I am not very good at it (both singing and the guitar) but I like it, and that counts for something, right? :lol:

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Post by NishthaRocks » December 4th, 2019, 6:35 am

(I'm not quite sure about the text. I found it hard to find any source)

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Post by commonsparrow3 » December 4th, 2019, 12:29 pm

RomanosMusic wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 1:39 am
Here is the corrected file
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_ohlittletownofbethlehem_arl_128kb.mp3
Funny that I'd written "Phillips" on the script - weird how the brain perceives certain words :lol:
Thanks, Romano! All is now PL OK! :thumbs:
(My brain, too, would be inclined to read that as "Philip", just because who else has ever been named "Phillips"?!)

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Post by commonsparrow3 » December 4th, 2019, 1:15 pm

NishthaRocks wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 6:34 am
Here is...

The Twelve Days Of Christmas : http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/twelve_days_of_christmas-1.htm

The carol has been written in English by Austin Frederic

Born: 30 March 1872, London, United Kingdom
Died: 10 April 1952, London, United Kingdom

Here's the link to the text

https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_[twelvedaysofchristmas]_[pn]_128kb.mp3

I am playing the guitar in the recording. I am not very good at it (both singing and the guitar) but I like it, and that counts for something, right? :lol:
NishthaRocks wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 6:35 am
(I'm not quite sure about the text. I found it hard to find any source)
Hello, Nishtha! Thank you for joining in to sing with us!

First, let's address the question of the text and source. I see that this carol has been accepted in the 2015 Carol Collection, when Ruth Golding was BC/MC. Ruth is an expert, so I take her word for it that this is PD and acceptable for LV. But the link to the text used in that collection doesn't seem to work. So I'm just going to use the link you provided, which seems acceptable to me. So that problem is solved!

Next, we need to address a few issues with your recording. It needs to be 128 kb, constant bit rate. Your recording is ~129 kb, variable bit rate. Also, it needs to be in mono, and yours is in stereo. To fix this, you should open the file in Audacity, and re-export it. Here's how to do that:

When you click "export", and the little exporting window opens, look at the bottom of that window under "Format Options" and make sure that the settings there are correct. Where it says "Bit Rate Mode", choose "Constant". Where it says "Quality", choose "128 kbps" from the drop-down menu. Where it says "Channel Mode", check the box that says "Force Export to Mono".

If you would like a picture of that export window, showing where all the items are located for you to check, here's an image from my own computer. I circled the relevant bits in red to make them easy to see.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rwqvp7ob0cyflb1/Sample%20of%20Export.JPG?dl=0

Then, before you save it, please also remove the brackets from your file name, so it is ccc19_twelvedaysofchristmas_pn_128kb NOT ccc19_[twelvedaysofchristmas]_[pn]_128kb (The fie name could be fixed afterward by our MC Tricia, but since you have to re-export anyway, you might as well save her the trouble and fix it yourself.) Then re-upload your new file to LibriVox, and post here when you've done that.

Don't worry, this export thing is easy to fix, and then your song will be ready to go! :thumbs:

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Post by NishthaRocks » December 5th, 2019, 4:42 am

Here's the new and improved link:

https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_twelvedaysofchristmas_pn_128kb.mp3

Thanks for the very detailed instructions! :D I'm using a new device for recording and this stuff wasn't fixed.

Nishtha

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Post by commonsparrow3 » December 5th, 2019, 12:10 pm

NishthaRocks wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 4:42 am
Here's the new and improved link:

https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_twelvedaysofchristmas_pn_128kb.mp3

Thanks for the very detailed instructions! :D I'm using a new device for recording and this stuff wasn't fixed.
Thanks, Nishtha! Your carol is now PL OK! :clap:

Once you've chosen your export settings in Audacity, they should normally stay that way, so you don't have to keep re-setting them. But I think if you change devices, you may lose settings and have to re-set them. So probably that's what happened.

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Post by NishthaRocks » December 6th, 2019, 7:34 am

Hello!
I decided to do another one, since the last one was so fun.

This is "Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly"

* Link to your recording, as shown on the Uploader:
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_deckthehalls_pn_128kb.mp3

* Link to the text (and music) source
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=MKkQAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA39&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

* Language in which the carol is written: English

* Author's/translator's (and composer's) name, birth and death dates :John Ceiriog Hughes
Born: 25 September 1832, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, United Kingdom
Died: 23 April 1887

* Duration (runtime) of the file in mm:ss - 2:03

Thanks, Nishtha

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Post by commonsparrow3 » December 6th, 2019, 2:42 pm

NishthaRocks wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 7:34 am
Hello!
I decided to do another one, since the last one was so fun.

This is "Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly"

* Link to your recording, as shown on the Uploader:
https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_deckthehalls_pn_128kb.mp3
Thank you, Nishtha, for another favorite carol! All the tech specs like bit rate etc are correct this time -- hurrah! But a couple of things to clear up.

First, the volume is only 83.1 dB, and it needs to be at least 86 dB. This is easy to fix, just amplify by +3 dB in Audacity, (choosing Amplify from the Effects menu).

Second, during the intro and outro and closing silence, I hear what sounds like some other music in the background, as if a radio or TV might have been playing in the area where you recorded. It doesn't interfere with your actual song, as it is so soft that it can't be heard behind your singing and playing, but it is noticeable during the quieter moments at the beginning and end. I think a light touch of noise-cleaning in Audacity will probably fix this. To do this, select the 5 seconds of "silence" at the end, after you finish the outro, as your sample, then choose Noise Reduction from the Effects menu, and click "Get Noise Profile". Then select the entire file, choose Noise Reduction from the Effects menu again, and click "OK".

When you have finished both the Amplify and Noise Reduction steps, re-export your file and re-upload it, and that should hopefully solve all problems! :thumbs:
NishthaRocks wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 7:34 am
* Link to the text (and music) source
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=MKkQAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA39&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

* Author's/translator's (and composer's) name, birth and death dates :John Ceiriog Hughes
Born: 25 September 1832, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, United Kingdom
Died: 23 April 1887
Tricia -- This carol has been included in two previous collections, in 2009 and 2016. In 2009, the author was listed as "Traditional", and in 2016, author was "Unknown". John Ceiriog Hughes's name has never come up before, and I didn't see his name in the source Nishtha linked to. So I looked up Hughes, and also looked up "Deck the Halls". I couldn't find any mention of Hughes in connection with that carol. According to Wikipedia, "The English-language lyrics were written by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant. They first appeared in 1862." Should I list "Author" in the metadata as Traditional, Unknown, Hughes, or Oliphant? I am very confused! :?

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Post by NishthaRocks » December 8th, 2019, 3:14 am


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Post by commonsparrow3 » December 8th, 2019, 9:39 am

NishthaRocks wrote:
December 8th, 2019, 3:14 am
Here's the revised link:

https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/ccc19_deckthehalls_pn_128kb.mp3
Thank you, Nishtha! This is now above 86 dB, and the background noise at the beginning and end is no longer noticeable. I've marked it PL OK!

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