[SCIENCE] The History of Esculent Fish by Roger North -jo

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Post by silverquill » January 22nd, 2021, 9:32 am

The History of Esculent Fish by Roger North (1653 - 1734).

Roger North, son of Dudley North, 4th Baron North, was a successful member of the bar and later member of parliament. But he had wide ranging interests from architecture to music. He has an avid collector of books and is best known as the biographer of the North family. Here we sample his interest in raising fish. He presents fifteen short sketches of esculent (edible) fish, and a longer essay as "A Discourse of Fish and Fish Ponds." ( Larry Wilson)
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      Genres for the project: *Non-fiction/Animals; *Non-fiction/Science

      Keywords that describe the book: Natural History, tench, pike, herring, cod, icthyology, fish culture, barbell, chub, carp, haddock, mackarel, mullet, perch, roach, shad, trout, whting

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Post by silverquill » January 22nd, 2021, 9:34 am

Esculent? New word for me, but it is just an old one meaning "edible."
Nice short sections not bogged down with a whole lot of scientific detail.
Half of the book is a discourse on raising these fish.
~ Larry

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » January 23rd, 2021, 10:12 am

Hi Larry. I will MC. Looking through the book, many of these sections are really short. Have you considered combining some of them into single sections?

On that note, if you end up with more sections than you need, let me know and I will delete any extras. :)
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Post by silverquill » January 23rd, 2021, 11:15 pm

knotyouraveragejo wrote:
January 23rd, 2021, 10:12 am
Hi Larry. I will MC. Looking through the book, many of these sections are really short. Have you considered combining some of them into single sections?

On that note, if you end up with more sections than you need, let me know and I will delete any extras. :)
Thanks, Jo!

Well, I have just a couple of the really short ones that I've combined.
Just for simplicity and to make this a good place for new comers, I'll keep the rese of the section short an separate.

MW is populated and we are now

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READY FOR A DPL
~ Larry

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Post by alanmapstone » January 24th, 2021, 12:33 am

Hi Larry
Can I try section 12 (Tench and Trout).
I am not exactly a newcomer 😺

Have you considered using a shorter disclaimer as the sections are so short?
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Post by silverquill » January 24th, 2021, 10:54 am

alanmapstone wrote:
January 24th, 2021, 12:33 am
Hi Larry
Can I try section 12 (Tench and Trout).
I am not exactly a newcomer 😺

Have you considered using a shorter disclaimer as the sections are so short?
I'll check with our MC to see if that is allowable.
I'd certainly be in favor of it. These are so short I haven't put up word counts.
~ Larry

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Post by silverquill » January 24th, 2021, 9:24 pm

NOTE: We will go with full disclaimer as originally planned.
~ Larry

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Post by alexandraatiya » January 26th, 2021, 9:10 am

I can do the Carp section, if that's still available!

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Post by silverquill » January 26th, 2021, 10:16 am

alexandraatiya wrote:
January 26th, 2021, 9:10 am
I can do the Carp section, if that's still available!
I've signed you up for Section 2.
Thank you!
~ Larry

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Post by alexandraatiya » January 28th, 2021, 9:17 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/esculentfish_2_north_128kb.mp3
Duration: 6:53

silverquill wrote:
January 26th, 2021, 10:16 am
alexandraatiya wrote:
January 26th, 2021, 9:10 am
I can do the Carp section, if that's still available!
I've signed you up for Section 2.
Thank you!

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Post by silverquill » January 28th, 2021, 9:51 pm

Thank you for our first recording for this project.
We don't have a DPL yet, so I thought I'd go ahead and take a listen so I could give you some feedback.

Overall, a very good recording. I found just one small recording glitch for you to fix. Should be an easy edit.

At about 4:14 stumble “of thi – of this” and some longish pauses right after that that you could tighten up.
And, just as a general comment, I found the pauses between sentences and phrases a bit long, giving the narration a choppy feeling, rather than a natural flowing quality. I have this same tendency, so I do a lot of editing to shorten those gaps. I'm not suggesting you need to do that -- just a general comment as something to consider as you continue your recordings.

Two other technical things that need correcting.
* The file name is incorrect. We need the leading zero for the section name, so it needs to be _02_
* The volume is too loud, at 92.3 dB. Our target is 89 dB with a range of 86-91 dB. So you can use the amplification feature and set it at a minus 3 and you would be good.

Just upload your file under the corrected name, then post the link and new file length here and I will check it again.
Let me know if you have any questions or need help.

I think you're off to a really good start!

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Here are two programs that I use to adjust the volume of recordings:

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https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker>CHECKER.

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One of the measurements is the volume in decibels. Use the Amplify feature under the Effect menu in Audacity to adjust the volume, by setting the value to plus or minus to bring the recording close to the LV target of 89 dB.

2. ReplayGain
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity

This article will introduce you to ReplayGain, which is a plugin specifically for Audacity. There is a link to download it and a link to a tutorial on how to use it. Once installed, it is easy to use. Depending on your version of Audacity, it will appear either in the Analyze menu or the Effects menu. ReplayGain can be selected to analyze the recording, giving a reading of how many decibels, plus or minus, that the recording is off from the target. It is then easy to use the Audacity Amplify feature to make the adjustment before exporting the file.
~ Larry

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Post by nwlilley » January 29th, 2021, 9:26 am

Hello, I would like to record The Chub, The Codfish, and The Haddock sections. These will be my first recordings. Thank you.

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Post by nwlilley » January 29th, 2021, 12:11 pm

Here is my recording for The Chub. Others forthcoming. Thank you.
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/esculentfish_03_north_128kb.mp3

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Post by silverquill » January 29th, 2021, 1:28 pm

nwlilley wrote:
January 29th, 2021, 9:26 am
Hello, I would like to record The Chub, The Codfish, and The Haddock sections. These will be my first recordings. Thank you.
Thank you for your interest in this project.
We do, however, request that our new readers first complete a one-minute test recording to check out all of your technical specifications and any reading issues.

From the instructions for this, and all, projects under Point 2

New to recording? Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!

Among the useful information there you will find instructions for completing your test recording. Once you have the "OK" on that post again here with your request and also let us know how you would like to be credited in the LibriVox catalog - real name, pseudonym or other nickname.

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Post by j3nwarren » January 29th, 2021, 2:37 pm

Oooh fish. I'd like to reserve sections 15 and 16. BTW, I think there is a duplicate row in the MW, sections 18 and 19 have the same title.

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