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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » March 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm

Why is the Negro Lynched? by Frederick Douglass (c.1818 - 1895).
We have felt that the most fitting tribute that we, of the Anti-Caste movement, can pay to the memory of this noble and faithful life is to issue broadcast—as far as the means entrusted to us will allow—his last great appeal for justice (uttered through the pages of “The A.M.E. Church Review” only a few months before his death). A slanderous charge against Negro morality has gone forth throughout the world and has been widely credited. The white American has had his say both North and South. On behalf of the accused, Frederick Douglass claims, in the name of justice, to be heard. ( (excerpt from the book's intro, I may write my own after recording.))
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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » March 24th, 2019, 2:16 pm

I know I said in Book Suggestions today that I would set this up next week but I kept looking at it and wanted to get it started. I will record the first section this week to get it started and under way but then I'll get back to finishing up pending assignments and get to the rest after that. Should be short enough for me to manage.

First section should be a zero section for the untitled intro.

Thank you!
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » March 24th, 2019, 4:45 pm

I'd be happy to MC this for you. I'll get your MW set up.

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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » March 24th, 2019, 5:22 pm

Thanks so much MaryAnn! I’ll get the MW filled out in a few hours time.
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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » March 24th, 2019, 6:54 pm

At first look I thought the chapters had titles but on a deeper look I see that the 'titles' were just the first of a couple headings within the chapter (which weren't even in the original publication, according to a footnote). I'll read them as part of the content of the chapters but the chapter titles are just roman numerals.

Also, the intro seems shorter than I thought, but we'll see how it goes. I know I can put it into the first chapter if I decide.

That's all for now, thanks!
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » March 24th, 2019, 7:06 pm

Thanks for the update. Let me know if you need me to delete a section.

We'll sit here for a day or two to see if we can snag a PLer.

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Post by silverquill » March 24th, 2019, 8:02 pm

Hey, Josh! I'd be glad to come on as DPL. :)
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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » March 24th, 2019, 8:46 pm

Wow, that's great Larry! I'm excited to have you on board! Thank you and excited in general about this project.
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » March 25th, 2019, 6:30 pm

Larry added as DPL.
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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » March 28th, 2019, 3:41 pm

Hey guys - posted the intro for PL. I'll probably post the first chapter tonight, as well, because I want to get the book officially under way, but then back to finish March strong.

Intro seems now way short but now I know better how I might deal with it next time. I still like that it's material he didn't actually write so it's separate from his.

No big rush on the PL, obviously.

Thank you!


EDIT: Also, as a head's up, instead of saying "Chapter 0" for the intro, I said "Introduction". I also read all of the material printed by the publisher right before the actual first chapter. It should make sense once you hear the file. Thanks again.
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Post by silverquill » March 28th, 2019, 10:08 pm

Ah, good to have the intro. I think you handled this very well. Even thought the intro is short, it should have it's separate file. And using "Introduction" instead of something like "Section Zero." is the preferred format and the one I always use. (I read a lot of introductions for projects). This is PL OK. I'd personally use a little noise reduction, but it is fine as it is. I probably overdo it.

And, thanks for taking the younger brother in Why the Chimes Rang. I have a volunteer for the Old Woman, so we are full. I've got to PL a couple of parts, and then we're underway. No hurry on it yet, of course.
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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » March 29th, 2019, 10:24 am

As promised, Chapter 1 is up for PL now.

Thanks, Larry, for the feedback about the intro and the noise cleaning. Part of me trying a solo (other than being immediately inspired by the material) is that I'm starting to be ready to think about the technical stuff on a greater level...I still feel new but I'm past "just get it recorded"! I've been nervous about messing too much with the file because I don't always know what I'm listening for, so thanks for the note about the optional noise cleaning. I put Chapter 1 through an extra round from the intro and if it sounds good I'll do it to the Intro, as well.

Also, as promised, I won't plan to update this with new files until at least a few days in April.

Excited about the play, too, it will be my first participation in the One-Acts.

Thanks for everything!
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Post by silverquill » March 29th, 2019, 9:38 pm

Ah, this chapter sounds great! And, very powerful. We need to get more of this man's message recorded. Haven't checked to see what else might be available.

Truth is, I'm not the most adept with the tech stuff, and have learned just enough to get by, I think.
I hope in about a year to have a real home studio set up, and maybe upgrade some of my equipment.
Our new location is quiet from outside noises (deer and mink are quiet, and even the wild turkeys don't make any noise and the bears haven't come out of their caves yet, although they are supposed to be hungrier than usual this year, I'm told), but we've got a very noisy refrigerator. Ugh. I can clean the noise, but it does degrade the audio some.

The important thing is that you read well :D
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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » April 1st, 2019, 10:12 am

Thanks Larry! I agree, it is quite powerful and was powerful and, at times, challenging to read. I even sat on it for a day before submitting it because it felt a bit rushed at first listen...but he writes with such urgency, you know...this will go in the nonfiction category with other essays but they are really like monologues.

I agree with you, getting this out there is important. Truly tragic, though. There's another solo doing My Bondage and My Freedom at the same time as us (it wasn't in the catalog before, amazingly) right now. Seeing that get launched first made me think I'd like to maybe read his work, too. Then, I happened to be on Gutenberg the day this book was released, so I just leaped it to the top of the stack.

That's cool to hear about your recording situation because I'm basically at the same spot. We are looking to build a studio in our home too but for now I have the little soundbox thing that the mic sits in...very remedial on the post-production aspects but I think I learn a little every time.

Getting through some plays that have deadlines this week before this gets more attention to it.

Thanks again!
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Post by KIBBONAFIDE » May 29th, 2019, 5:29 am

Chapter 2 recorded and needs editing.

Thank you!
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