First of all, welcome to Librivox!
Thanks for the welcome!
Our 'rules' stipulate that each reader needs to be registered separately, even if you are all using the same equipment. So all three of you would need to become members rather than have one joint membership (same low fee
You would then each need to submit a one minute test (which is actually about 30 seconds...) http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/1-Minute_Test
. Even though you may be using the same equipment, so that is set up correctly, one of you may have a problem with plosives, for example, or volume.
When you're all set up, feel free to claim as many sections as you like - but just one reader per section. Some projects may occasionally permit more; or you may be interested in looking at Dramatic Readings and Plays, where you select a part or role, rather than a section or chapter.
I look forward to seeing you back here when you are all set up.
Drat. We thought we were doing something cool by having multiple people working together on individual stories. I didn't really see anything against the rules for it, did I just overlook it, or is it more of an informal rule than anything else? I was going to be the narrator, and my two buddies would do voices, or variants on that. When you say that "some projects may occasionally permit more;" does that depend on the creator, or specific forum rules? Would multiple voices be inadmissible for a short story, but be acceptable for a dramatic piece, for instance? Or is it just that stories generally
don't permit this sort of thing?
Also, we thought that the sample one minute test was just an example, since it was so drastically under one minute, so we've been working on a reading of "Memory" by H.P. Lovecraft. We thought that two and a half minutes was fine to demonstrate the reading qualities/equipment of three people, but given what's going on... I mean, should we just scrap that, then?
Thanks for the time, and sorry for all the questions. Have a good week!
I'm not sure if there is a written rule, but I know the question has come up before. We don't allow "guest appearances" without registration, but your friends are welcome to register.
The decision as to the format of the project is down to the Book Coordinator (in this case, me), who sets up the project and brings it all together. To be honest, I have only ever heard of 2 projects where more than one reader was involved in a single file... One was a total disaster and had to be ultimately rejected (extremely rare) and the other involved passages in a foreign language.
The type of reading you are talking about is what we call a Dramatic Reading... The Book Coordinator sets up a novel (usually) that has a lot of dialog, and has readers reading parts, as in a play, plus a narrator. I have never done one, but I understand there is a lot of work involved. Once you have (all) participated in group projects, you can set up your own project, using any format you like.
As for the test, I'd say hang on to the one you've been working on - you may be able to use it in a short story collection. You will need to do separate tests though. You do not have to use the text provided for your test, but that is long enough for the most common technical issues to show up; plus there are plenty of 'p', 'th' and 's' sounds to trip people up.
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