How Bad Can I(t) Be? – Week 1

During a phone conversation with my son about podcasts and audiobooks, he mentions an interesting website he has visited called LibriVox.  I have never heard of it, but always being on the lookout for free entertainment, I decide I will check it out.  And, I am fairly impressed.

  • First of all, it seems to be hosted on a Linux platform.  I don’t know that for sure, but they use phpBB for their forum, and that’s a good sign.
  • Secondly, their mission is quite honorable – putting the entirety of the world’s public domain writings on audiobooks.  Or, as they say, “Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain.”  Daunting.
  • Thirdly, it is all volunteer.  Impressive.

And, hey, I know how to volunteer!  So I do.  I poke around for a bit on the site over a few days, listen to a few minutes of several of the books on there, and generally nose around until I have a sense of the place.  Then, I join the forums and find the instructions for how to volunteer as a reader.

Now, it just so happens that in my basement I have some sound equipment – enough to get started at least.  An AudioTechnica AT835b shotgun mic, a Yamaha MW12 mixer, and a computer with Audacity.  All I need is something to process through all this, and LibriVox provides that for me – in the form of their audio test.

People were pleased to find that Peter Piper had picked a couple pages for fable fans at LibriVox. Thankful that this was Thursday the thirtieth, the Piper anticipated forum fun and a wonderful weekend of recording!

Now the challenge exists.  The auditory gauntlet is thrown.  Am I good enough?  I might not even pass the first test – for an all-volunteer organization! I don’t think I can handle that type of rejection right now.  But, I’m going to try it.

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