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|Shadowings by Lafcadio Hearn (1850 - 1904)
This is another of the popular books that Lafcadio Hearn wrote on various Japanese subjects. The first part "Stories From Strange Books" is a collection of Japanese tales about ghosts and strange occurrences. In the second part "Japanese Studies", Hearn discourses on cicadae, girl's names, and Japanese songs. The third part "Fantasies" are fragments of stories, probably written by Hearn himself. ( Ava)
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- Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34215
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Pronunciation of Japanese Words:
Although simplified, the following general rules will help the reader unfamiliar with Japanese to come close enough to Japanese pronunciation.
There are five vowels: a (as in fAther), i (as in machIne), u (as in fOOl), e (as in fEllow), and o (as in mOle). Although certain vowels become nearly "silent" in some environments, this phenomenon can be safely ignored for the purpose at hand.
Consonants roughly approximate their corresponding sounds in English, except for r, which is actually somewhere between r and l (this is why the Japanese have trouble distinguishing between English r and l), and f, which is much closer to h.
You may leave out the footnotes (unless you find one extremely interesting).
Genres for the project: Fantastic Fiction/Horror & Supernatural Fiction
Keywords that describe the book: nonfiction, Japan, horror, ghost, stories, koizumi yakumo
- BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
- DURING recording:
No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
START of recording (Intro)
- "Section [number] of Shadowings. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
- If you wish, say: "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
"Shadowings, by Lafcadio Hearn. Section[number]"
END of recording
- At the end of the section, say:
"End of [section]"
- If you wish, say:
"Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
- At the end of the book, say (in addition):
"End of Shadowings, by Lafcadio Hearn. "
There should be 5 seconds silence at the end of the recording.
Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
- AFTER recording
Listen to your file through headphones. If you can hear some constant background noise (hiss/buzz), you may want to clean it up a bit. The new (free) version 1.3.3. of Audacity has much improved noise-cleaning. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
Save files as
128 kbps MP3
shadowings_##_hearn_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. shadowings_01_hearn_128kb.mp3)
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- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader
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- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
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