[SOLO] "Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution" by Peter Kropotkin - dc

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Post by brianrule » March 13th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution by Peter Kropotkin (1842 - 1921).


Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution is a 1902 essay collection by Russian naturalist and anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin. The essays, initially published in the English periodical The Nineteenth Century between 1890 and 1896, explore the role of mutually-beneficial cooperation and reciprocity (or "mutual aid") in the animal kingdom and human societies both past and present. ( Wikipedia)
  • Text source (only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4341
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    Keywords that describe the book: marx, anarchism, biology, evolution, Darwin, communism, marxism, social darwinism, altruism, naturalism, mutual aid, anarcho-communism, mutualism, sociobiology

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    No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
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    There should be ~5 seconds silence at the end of the recording.
  • Example filename mutualaidafactorofevolution_##_kropotkin_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. mutualaidafactorofevolution_01_kropotkin_128kb.mp3)

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Post by TriciaG » March 15th, 2018, 5:57 am

Welcome, Brian!

Please, PLEASE, before embarking on a solo, do two things:

(1) We do STRONGLY encourage a one-minute test (LINK) to check your technical settings. It's not an audition, but to make sure you're exporting at the correct bit rate, have your recording in mono, etc. It would be a shame to record a whole section, only to have to scrap it and redo it because of some simple setting that is incorrect.

(2) Claim, record, and get OK'd at least one section in a group project. This is to make sure you know what you're getting into. Recording a whole book isn't as easy as it seems. It isn't simply sitting down and recording. There's editing to do - and that often can take up to 5 times as long as recording does. In my experience, a ballpark estimate of 95% of brand new readers who start with a solo end up quitting before finishing. Please test the waters first before jumping in. :) Not only that, you're basically alone in a solo: you are the coordinator, and unless you have a very friendly DPL, you won't get much encouragement while doing your solo.
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Post by brianrule » March 15th, 2018, 10:00 am

TriciaG wrote:
March 15th, 2018, 5:57 am
Welcome, Brian!

Please, PLEASE, before embarking on a solo, do two things:

(1) We do STRONGLY encourage a one-minute test (LINK) to check your technical settings. It's not an audition, but to make sure you're exporting at the correct bit rate, have your recording in mono, etc. It would be a shame to record a whole section, only to have to scrap it and redo it because of some simple setting that is incorrect.

(2) Claim, record, and get OK'd at least one section in a group project. This is to make sure you know what you're getting into. Recording a whole book isn't as easy as it seems. It isn't simply sitting down and recording. There's editing to do - and that often can take up to 5 times as long as recording does. In my experience, a ballpark estimate of 95% of brand new readers who start with a solo end up quitting before finishing. Please test the waters first before jumping in. :) Not only that, you're basically alone in a solo: you are the coordinator, and unless you have a very friendly DPL, you won't get much encouragement while doing your solo.

Hello TriciaG!

Thank you for your post! I'm quite happy to provide a one-minute sample, but as for (2), ideally I'd like to jump into this specific project as soon as possible. By trade I'm a professional editor and have actually read/recorded voiceovers for long-form instructional videos previously. I own professional equipment & software—a Shure SM7B microphone, Logic Pro recording/editing software, etc.—and I certainly understand the additional/unexpected time it takes to edit and perfect projects of this nature. That said, I'm motivated and prepared to tackle this project alone, to get it done in a timely fashion, and when finished, to move on to others.

Please advise further as applicable. Thank you again!

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Post by libraryanne » March 15th, 2018, 10:24 am

Hi there,
There's another reason we strongly encourage a 1 minute test for new volunteers, besides the time and effort required to record sections. We also want to be sure your technical specs for your files are what we require for our uploads, as Tricia mentioned. That can be a bit tricky to get right depending on what software you are using. Best wishes on starting your Libroxing.

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Post by brianrule » March 15th, 2018, 10:34 am

libraryanne wrote:
March 15th, 2018, 10:24 am
Hi there,
There's another reason we strongly encourage a 1 minute test for new volunteers, besides the time and effort required to record sections. We also want to be sure your technical specs for your files are what we require for our uploads, as Tricia mentioned. That can be a bit tricky to get right depending on what software you are using. Best wishes on starting your Libroxing.

Betty
Thank you Betty! That definitely makes sense as well. Technical specs are my wheelhouse thankfully so I should have that covered; Logic Pro (on par with Pro Tools) is top-of-line audio software, and everything I've seen regarding LibriVox specs makes perfect sense. Hoping to record the sample later this evening. Thank you for your help!

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Post by brianrule » March 20th, 2018, 3:32 pm

Here is my test recording. Many thanks in advance!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_brianrule.mp3

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Post by craigdav1 » March 20th, 2018, 3:37 pm

I'll set up the MW for you.

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Post by brianrule » March 20th, 2018, 3:48 pm

craigdav1 wrote:
March 20th, 2018, 3:37 pm
I'll set up the MW for you.
Thank you!!

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Post by craigdav1 » March 20th, 2018, 3:49 pm

Brian,
Your username is brianrule. What name would you like displayed on your recordings? While you can use your real name, most readers do not.

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Post by brianrule » March 20th, 2018, 3:59 pm

craigdav1 wrote:
March 20th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Brian,
Your username is brianrule. What name would you like displayed on your recordings? While you can use your real name, most readers do not.
My name (Brian Rule) is fine with me. Thank you!

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Post by craigdav1 » March 20th, 2018, 5:10 pm

This project is now set up in the database. Since this is your first project as soloist/book coordinator(BC), you will need to set up a password for access to the workflow system so you can enter the information into the section compiler which then appears in the "Magic Window" in the top post. Here are some links to detailed instructions for logging into the system and setting a password the first time, as well as for entering and editing information in the section compiler.

First Time Logging in to the Workflow

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxWB83bbALTQYjlENGZ0SVJUWWs/edit

A version of the above is also here.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kVj409nG_E0XJ5UrrcL7EVx7Qyx-2UQ7dbw4mINi3XQ/edit

And finally, the following provides more detailed information on how to manage the Magic Window (MW).

https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/BC's:_How_to_update_the_Magic_Window

I've entered some information already. What appears in the MW directly affects what will appear when the book is cataloged. You might wish to add chapter titles for example. The ID3 tags will be created during cataloging so you don't need to add them to your files. The section numbers (in the file names) need not be mentioned in your recordings since the book is divided into chapters but they are, of course, needed in the file names to keep the files sequential.

If you have any questions, let me know. I'll leave this thread here in the Launch Pad for a day or so longer before I move it to the Going Solo forum.

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Post by craigdav1 » March 21st, 2018, 12:53 pm

Moving to "Going Solo" forum.

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Post by brianrule » March 21st, 2018, 2:42 pm

Thanks for all the help Dave!

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Post by craigdav1 » March 21st, 2018, 3:58 pm

Several of your chapters are long and at least two (Ch. 2 & 3) likely will be longer than 70m and need to be divided into two parts/sections. You might prefer to start the intro (and end the outro) with the section number followed in the intro by the chapter # and part #. Something to consider. In a previous LV recording of this book the reader decided not to mention the section number in the audio recording just the chapter and part number.

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Post by brianrule » March 21st, 2018, 4:28 pm

craigdav1 wrote:
March 21st, 2018, 3:58 pm
Several of your chapters are long and at least two (Ch. 2 & 3) likely will be longer than 70m and need to be divided into two parts/sections. You might prefer to start the intro (and end the outro) with the section number followed in the intro by the chapter # and part #. Something to consider. In a previous LV recording of this book the reader decided not to mention the section number in the audio recording just the chapter and part number.
I did notice that on the other recording. Combined those chapters totaled 81m (Ch2 pt1 + Ch2 pt2) and 75m (Ch3 pt1 + Ch3 pt2), which isn't too far past 70m for either. Based on what I've listened to from that recording I do expect to read quicker overall, and I should have a decent gauge of how much faster after finishing the Introduction and Chapter 1. In any case I'll check back with you before jumping in to Chapter 2. Going to get cracking on the Introduction tonight. Thanks Dave!

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