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Post by pbkuhn » November 26th, 2019, 6:42 am

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962).

Volunteers outside the USA: Hermann Hesse died in 1962. The author's work is still protected by copyright in places like Europe, where copyright is author's death plus 70 years, Australia (author's death plus 70 years for authors who died after 1955) or Canada (author's death plus 50 years), UNLESS the rule of shorter term applies. <p>
A major preoccupation of Hesse in writing Siddhartha was to cure his "sickness with life" (Lebenskrankheit) by immersing himself in Indian philosophy such as that expounded in the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.[4] The reason the second half of the book took so long to write was that Hesse "had not experienced that transcendental state of unity to which Siddhartha aspires. In an attempt to do so, Hesse lived as a virtual semi-recluse and became totally immersed in the sacred teachings of both Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. His intention was to attain to that 'completeness' which, in the novel, is the Buddha's badge of distinction."[5] The novel is structured on three of the traditional stages of life for Hindu males (student (brahmacharin), householder (grihastha) and recluse/renunciate (vanaprastha)) as well as the Buddha's four noble truths (Part One) and eight-fold path (Part Two) which form twelve chapters, the number in the novel.[6] Ralph Freedman mentions how Hesse commented in a letter "[my] Siddhartha does not, in the end, learn true wisdom from any teacher, but from a river that roars in a funny way and from a kindly old fool who always smiles and is secretly a saint."[7] In a lecture about Siddhartha, Hesse claimed "Buddha's way to salvation has often been criticized and doubted, because it is thought to be wholly grounded in cognition. True, but it's not just intellectual cognition, not just learning and knowing, but spiritual experience that can be earned only through strict discipline in a selfless life".[7] Freedman also points out how Siddhartha described Hesse's interior dialectic: "All of the contrasting poles of his life were sharply etched: the restless departures and the search for stillness at home; the diversity of experience and the harmony of a unifying spirit; the security of religious dogma and the anxiety of freedom."[8] Eberhard Ostermann has shown how Hesse, while mixing the religious genre of the legend with that of the modern novel, seeks to reconcile with the double-edged effects of modernization such as individualization, pluralism or self-disciplining.[9] ( Wikipedia)
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    Keywords that describe the book: searching, inner peace

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    • "Chapter [number] of Siddhartha. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
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Post by alg1001 » December 1st, 2019, 9:02 am

Hi Peter,
I set this up for you. You are not the translator, but rather the narrator. You can say your name at the beginning of the recording in the "Recording by..." part of the script and also at the end of each recording if you would like. I updated the script to illustrate that.
I will leave this here for today to see if a prooflistener volunteers.
Cheers!
Amy

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Post by pbkuhn » December 1st, 2019, 10:14 am

Thank you Amy!

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Post by lymiewithpurpose » December 1st, 2019, 10:32 am

Hi Peter! I really enjoyed your narration of Anthem, and, if you'll have me, would be happy to DPL again. This text looks like a straightforward Gutenberg text, so It should be easier this time around. Let me know!

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Post by pbkuhn » December 1st, 2019, 2:10 pm

lymiewithpurpose wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 10:32 am
Hi Peter! I really enjoyed your narration of Anthem, and, if you'll have me, would be happy to DPL again. This text looks like a straightforward Gutenberg text, so It should be easier this time around. Let me know!
I would love to work with you again! Thank you. I will work to make round 2 smoother.....

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Post by annise » December 1st, 2019, 2:43 pm

Could you check the spelling of the book? the other version and your summary seem to have 2 "h"s ?

Anne

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Post by alg1001 » December 1st, 2019, 6:31 pm

Updated. Thanks for catching that, Anne.
DPL is added and off to Going Solo.
Cheers!
Amy

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Post by lymiewithpurpose » December 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm

Hey there, I just saw this morning in my PL list that you have the first chapter uploaded! Please remember to post when this happens. I do not know how long this has been up, but I don’t regularly check my PL list and can get to it quicker with the notification.

I also have noted that these chapters are longer. Therefore, I will be going much slower (I mean not getting many done in a day if you upload in chunks). I will still listen when I can and move through at a decent pace!

Also, I noticed that in the title of the MW, you put ‘01’ before the name of the chapter. I believe it is your choice, but most of the time that number is not included in the title, only the name. The MW and final catalogued page show the number, so this is not necessary. Also, I believe the chapter is called 'The Son Of The Brahman', which is a bit different than what you put.

Anyways, to the notes. I did note a few times where there were large volume jumps where I had to adjust the volume:

The intro is out of order. You have all the information, but the correct wording establishes consistency between chapters and books. I know last time you didn’t change this, but since you are doing other edits I do think it may be a good idea to check the order again.

8:15 – heard ‘voices’ instead of ‘verses’, which really does not make sense

8:18 – Samaveda sounds a bit funky to me, could you check it?

11:08 – volume jump

12:34 – volume jump

14:19 – volume jump

19:31 – this outro seems loud

Overall, brilliant narration as always, and I am excited for more!

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Post by pbkuhn » December 5th, 2019, 8:01 am

Hi (should I call you Campbell? Lymie? sorry again about my newness)

I know you needed to be notified, it is just that I am going to fall behind here as well, I have only 5 chapters narrated so far, my intention was to be very gradual.

The title has been corrected.

Volume seems to be my biggest nemesis these days. Need to get that refined. I think I need to learn to equalize my recordings. I will work on the list you gave me. Yes, I will check Samaveda again, I have been using a pronunciation site when I can. Wait to you hear me try to say "Anathapindinka"...lol Some tough words in this one.

Thank you for the words of encouragement

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Post by pbkuhn » December 5th, 2019, 8:35 am

lymiewithpurpose wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm

The intro is out of order. You have all the information, but the correct wording establishes consistency between chapters and books. I know last time you didn’t change this, but since you are doing other edits I do think it may be a good idea to check the order again.


In terms of the chapter info at the beginning of each chapter. The chapters are titled, not numbered. I thought I should say "chapter x of Siddartha by Herman Hesse", and then, as the first words of the chapter, read its title, (such as "Son of a Brahman").

Is that the correct approach? Also, there are two parts, which I mention at the beginning of each

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Post by lymiewithpurpose » December 5th, 2019, 8:50 am

pbkuhn wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 8:01 am
Hi (should I call you Campbell? Lymie? sorry again about my newness)
Hi there! Feel free to call me Campbell if you'd like! While I hate to make over-generalized statements, most of the time if people post their names in the forum it is ok to call them by that.
pbkuhn wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 8:01 am
I know you needed to be notified, it is just that I am going to fall behind here as well, I have only 5 chapters narrated so far, my intention was to be very gradual.
Gradual is cool too. I know my solos take months to finish. Usually how it is done is each time someone uploads a chapter they post and the PL listens to it. This does not matter if they post one at a time or many at a time. That way, the PLer can listen to it gradually as well, instead of just at the end of the project. Of course, this is just the standard and soloists may choose to do things differently.
pbkuhn wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 8:01 am
Volume seems to be my biggest nemesis these days. Need to get that refined. I think I need to learn to equalize my recordings. I will work on the list you gave me. Yes, I will check Samaveda again, I have been using a pronunciation site when I can. Wait to you hear me try to say "Anathapindinka"...lol Some tough words in this one.
Volume is tough. These jumps I mentioned most likely occurred if you recorded at a separate time or stopped the recording before the next section. These would most likely need to be manually helped. Although with volume, I always use the compressor effect on my recordings (in order my settings are -12, -40, 7:1, 0.2, and 1.0 if you want to try this and need suggestions). This really evens out my waveform.

I think you will understand what I meant by the Samaveda when you listen to it. It is not so much the pronunciation as it sounds like there may be a bit of a stumble in the middle of it. If you don't hear it, then you can leave it. I am excited for Anathapindinka, sounds difficult. But good for you for going for it!
pbkuhn wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 8:35 am
lymiewithpurpose wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm

The intro is out of order. You have all the information, but the correct wording establishes consistency between chapters and books. I know last time you didn’t change this, but since you are doing other edits I do think it may be a good idea to check the order again.


In terms of the chapter info at the beginning of each chapter. The chapters are titled, not numbered. I thought I should say "chapter x of Siddartha by Herman Hesse", and then, as the first words of the chapter, read its title, (such as "Son of a Brahman").

Is that the correct approach? Also, there are two parts, which I mention at the beginning of each
That is a good approach. What I meant by this statement is that the lines were out of order. Copied from the first post (and inserting the chapter numbers) the intro should be:

"Chapter one of Siddhartha. 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 [Peter Kuhn], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
Say:
"Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse. Chapter 1, Son of a Brahman"

If I remember correctly, I heard something more like:

"Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse.
"Recording by [Peter Kuhn]
This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
Chapter 1, Son of a Brahman"

Which is a bit scrambled. Like I said all of the information is here, but it definitely may throw a listener off if they are used to the exact wording of the intro. Hope this helps!

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Post by pbkuhn » December 5th, 2019, 10:19 am

Thanks Campbell

I uploaded a 2nd chapter. This one I used the compressor effect, seemed to work well, thanks

P

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Post by lymiewithpurpose » December 5th, 2019, 4:21 pm

Lovely reading! This is a pretty cool book so far, I’m excited to see where it goes. I do think the compressor helped, as there was only one volume mention.

7:56 – extra b (b-learned)

15:15 – heard ‘princesses’ instead of ‘princes’

15:20 – volume jump

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Post by pbkuhn » December 9th, 2019, 8:38 am

Campbell

Chapters 3 and 4 posted, probably will be a few days before any more postings

Thanks

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Post by lymiewithpurpose » December 9th, 2019, 6:46 pm

Today I only managed to listen to chapter 3. Text wise it was fine. Unfortunately, the volume was a bit hectic. Even if you use the compressor, the major volume gaps will need to be manually fixed. The main jump is around the half point, where it is loud the first half and quiet the second half. I might listen closely if you amplify anything upwards, as that can increase volume jumps.

3:38 – 4:05 – seems quiet

8:32 – volume jump

9:47 – this gap felt long

11:00 – volume decreased significantly

11:30 – this section seemed louder than that around it

11:56 – drastic volume decrease, the whole first half seems much louder than the whole second half

18:40 – volume jump

19:18 – volume jump

20:45 – volume jump

Ending silence is about 1.5 seconds too long (I thought it would be an easy clip since you are already fixing other things)

Will listen to the next tomorrow!
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