This is now complete. Files may be found at the catalog page https://librivox.org/dramatic-reading-scene-and-story-collection-volume-001-by-various/
Librivox readers present a collection of their favorite chapters and short stories, with the original author’s words all brought to life with different reader voices for each character in our popular Dramatic Reading style. This volume includes Anne's Confession from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Coming Home from Mates of Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce, Scandal in Bohemia from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Tunnel Under the World by Frederik Pohl, Five Stories from the Chronicles of Clovis by Saki, The Valley of the Shadow of Death from For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke, The Proof of the Pudding from The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Garden Party and A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield, and The Tale of Samuel Whisker or The Roly Poly Pudding by Beatrix Potter. (Summary by Todd)
- Okay, Dramatic Reading (DR) fans and prospective DR BCs. Even the most addicted of you has to admit that some of the authors whose prose you are converting to DRs seem to have been paid by the word. Long digressive chapters to establish the bleakness of the moors, describe the grimy soot-filled smoke of London, portray the pathetic downtroddeness of the lower classes of the past, or just manage to delay the final conclusion of the novel to sell yet another issue of a serial before ending. Most of the time your narrators end up droning on forever in these stage setting chapters without even the satisfaction of completing their own solos, and DR editors find themselves just cutting a few words here and a few words there into the long depressing narrative sections instead of getting to have the fun of assembling truly interesting interactive character dialog and sparkling repartee.
So here’s a fix. As the project title states, this project will present a collection of DRs of your favorite chapters selected from books of your choice (two max per book per volume) or short stories if you choose. Leave out all those chapters of dullness and chaff and prepare a DR of just the heart of a book – the key chapter or two with the sparkling scene that makes it all worthwhile. (No excerpts – whole chapters, please.) Or perhaps a DR of a favorite short story where everything has already been distilled by the author themselves to its very essence. BCs are responsible for selecting their text, preparing it for multiple readers, giving me the character list for the MW, PL’ing parts, editing the DR together, and having the final DR PL’d when done: almost everything you will have to do for a standalone DR. I will maintain the MW with all its claims and links, and catalog the completed volume.
Experienced DR BCs, here’s your chance to do something short and sweet. Or prospective DR BCs, if you just want to see what preparing, running, and completing a DR is like, here is a way to do so without a commitment to produce a 30 chapter monster that will take a year or more to finish, an hour to download, and a month of Sundays to listen to!
List of the DRs with links to their text:
1. "Anne's Confession" from "Anne of Green Gables" by LM Montgomery. BC is Elizabby, editor is Piotrek81 - COMPLETE
Read from the colour coded text: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Iqp4L6FBDY7QZTDOxVoJSUS7lv2lAHmifiHAkahKBw/edit?usp=sharing
2. Chapter VI, Coming Home, from "Mates at Billabong", by Mary Grant Bruce. BC/Editor is commonsparrow3
NOTE: This is not out of copyright in Australia (or Europe). And the estate is quite keen on their rights.
Read from https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tD5NaThiL2NPXZhR3dUSckdOlyP4Ka4Q8ctlAOKGTjM/edit#
3. Scandal in Bohemia, from "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. BC is Elizabby, editor is abendlied - COMPLETE
This is a long story and going to be broken into two sections.
Part 1 script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wj3jgMl5ZkgQyIGCaLxUi-KBsm_dLqHRQrfmOYQVKN8/edit
Part 2 script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TOQF1qF3-4VFwI0LmXD1hs4ofGz46ckFY2f3YAZ4I90/edit
4. "The Tunnel Under the World" by Frederik Pohl. BC and editor is abendlied - COMPLETE
NOTE: While this is PD in the US, Pohl died in 2013 so in many places this is not PD!!
A long story to be presented in two parts:
Part one (with some basic character descriptions) - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RgxSXwAFjh02iR6B1hjizGhR7TnRcyoGgPG1XwykXEc/edit?usp=sharing
Part two - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r3GEd6nt6j_XzNZdfm0cI2WTpSPw3wgBXJQVQGrKi6o/edit?usp=sharing
5. Five Stories from The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki. BC and Editor is Lucy_k_p (COMPLETED)
These 5 stories have already been recorded as DRs but never previously released. No separate text links given since no roles available.
6. Chapter 27, "The Valley of the Shadow of Death" from For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke. BC is Elizabby - COMPLETED
I would prefer a male voice for Gabbett, but the rest of the cast can be gender neutral.
Colour-coded script is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FF35cnRGPP0aZdts-aBkvRDjgVM97Iq9P2wOnbLNeWw/edit?usp=sharing
7. Chapter 17, The Proof of the Pudding, from The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery. BC is SweetPea. - COMPLETED
Color-coded text is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PQWs8ZtQgsIEBBk9xUAcTriyQ4IkmnC0QQpuTf7jnXw/edit?usp=sharing
8. “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield. BC is Ernst Pattynama.
Color-coded text is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ZrVcEJbWidWm9ncU9qajhVaEU/edit?usp=sharing
9. "A Dill Pickle" by Katherine Mansfield. BC is Ernst Pattynama COMPLETED
Script is at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qretdDe0z0r8Cm7eIOqGzei6k5BrnKy4p6FQ6i3jPjU/edit
10. "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, or, The Roly Poly Pudding" by Beatrix Potter. BC is SweetPea - COMPLETED
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrix_Potter (died 1943)
Script is at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lm6h-MeUiLq3lu3LTOB8UdrHZk2rUnO87718nwmmLUs/edit?usp=sharing
- How to offer a reading?
Each BC needs to provide the following information about each DR:
* Title and author
* PD text link
* Link to author on Wikipedia, and death date, if known
* Link to title on Wikipedia
* Number of roles (including narrator) this project will have
* Original publication date
* The list of characters in your DR so when we have a MW I can set up your sections properly!
This collection will be capped at 10 DRs (so we are now full).
BCs: So what do you do? First, you have to have some way of telling people which parts of the original text to read for their character. Google docs made from the book text are the choice for nearly everyone; apparently you can share them easily with everybody. Some people color code them, which works well except for the many readers who have trouble distinguishing between the different colors (like me), or (my preference) you can insert character names and line breaks into a copy of the text to make it look like a play script. As you will see from DR #1, you can give me a link to a google doc you have created to post for all the readers to use.
(How to work with Google Docs: This process is free to use, you just need a Google account, which most people probably have anyway. Once you're signed into your Google account, go to Google Drive. This is a place where you can store and create files to share with other people. Create a new document and copy/paste in the text you're working with from Project Gutenberg. Then from there, you can color-code using the editing bar, or you could also space out the text like a script and add character tags for each line. Once you've set up the text, save it, and then hit the share button in the upper right hand corner. It will ask you who you want to be able to access the text, and you can choose Public. That should make it visible to anyone. The option of "anyone who has the link" probably works as well, but I like to be on the safe side and go with Public. Clicking on the share button also generates the link to the text, which you can copy to post here for everyone working on the project!)
You can find a good overview of what you will have to do at viewtopic.php?p=840444#p840444 You will see from that that finding a narrator and editor is critical; doing them yourself is a wonderful plan and should be easy on a short work like these. Many folks edit by using the narration audio track as the structure into which to edit all the other lines. (Did the narrator make sure to leave good sized gaps where the other character parts go so you can see the gaps easily as you edit? I tend to use the Audacity Label feature to label each of the gaps with the name of the character part to cut in there.) It is best to PL the lines first before you cut them in (standard PL is fine - what you really care about is missing lines!); the entire assembled chapter will have to be PL'd again when complete.
By offering this collection I have saved you from the work of making the initial posting to set up the project, and I will maintain the MW for you throughout; these are things you can learn later if you decide to do your own project later.
- Is there a deadline?
We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim. Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it'll go back to the pool. There's no shame in this; we're all volunteers and things happen.Please do not sign up for more sections than you can complete within the two month deadline.
- How to claim a part, and "how it all works" here
To find a section to record, simply look in the MW at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are "up for grabs." Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which section you would like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): See above
- Please claim roles (the numbers in the first column below)! Please note: All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. When you submit your recording, you will be placing your recording in the public domain as well.
If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.
Please don't download or listen to files belonging to projects in process (unless you are the BC or PL). Our servers are not set up to handle the greater volume of traffic. Please wait until the project has been completed. Thanks!
NOTE about PL: BCs - You should PL all the sections as quickly as possible when they come in. Do not wait until you have all the inputs for your scene or story. It can be hard to track down readers later on in a project, or they may have different recording setups that make it hard to match previous voices. If you record a role in your own offering, You should ask another reader on your offering to PL your stuff - though it is not vital since each complete offering needs an independent PL. (I have the ~ in the title line cuz I'm hoping there will be a DPL for all the completed scenes and stories.)
- 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
Submit one file per DR.
- Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
[Role], read by [your name].
If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:At the beginning: [Name of DR – say what chapter number if from a book] By [Author's Name], of Dramatic Reading Scene and Story Collection, Volume 001. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.
At the end: End of [Name of DR].
Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
- AFTER recording
Save files as 128 kbps MP3
drsceneandstoryvol001_ drtitleinoneword_authorsurname_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case)
For individual roles:
drtitleinoneword_charactername_authorsurname.mp3 (all lower-case)
ID3 V2 tags – for narrator
(To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/What_is_ID3)
Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!
Title: Title of DR
Artist: Author Name
Album: DR Scene and Story Collection 001
Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
Transfer of files (completed recordings) Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file. Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
- You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: ToddHW
- When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread.
- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
Please post below
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader
- How to offer a reading?