COMPLETE: Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare - law

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Post by chocoholic » October 9th, 2009, 1:50 pm

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

This project is complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page:
http://librivox.org/julius-caesar-by-william-shakespeare/

Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator of the same name, his assassination and its aftermath. It is one of several Roman plays that he wrote, based on true events from Roman history, which also include Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra.

Although the title of the play is Julius Caesar, Caesar is not the central character in its action; he appears in only three scenes, and is killed at the beginning of the third act. The protagonist of the play is Marcus Brutus, and the central psychological drama is his struggle between the conflicting demands of honour, patriotism, and friendship. (Summary by Wikipedia)
  1. Deadline for all parts: January 15, 2010 -- then 8 weeks for editing and final prooflistening -- then:
    Cataloging deadline: the Ides of March! or March 15, 2010.
    Please note: if I have not heard from you a month after claiming your part, I may reassign your role to another reader so that we can meet our Highly Significant and Portentous cataloging deadline. If for any reason you find that you cannot record in time, please let me know; Real Life happens and there is no shame in releasing a part!
  2. How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here

    To find a role to record, simply look at point 5. below 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 role you’d like to read. Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
  3. New to recording?

    Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
  4. Where do I find the text?
    Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=juliuscaesar
  5. 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.

    Gender-specific casting: For a few parts only, noted in the Magic Window. Otherwise anyone is welcome to any part.

    Multiple parts: There are a LOT of roles in this play, many of them very small. You are welcome to claim more than one as long as your characters do not share a scene (ideally not sharing an act either) and as long as you are not also reading a major part or the stage directions (to avoid confusion for the listeners).

    I have linked each character's lines in the Magic Window. I encourage you to read over the entire scene for context before you record, though.

    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.

    Special prooflistening: Listen to each file as it arrives and check against the text to ensure that no lines are missing. This should be done in a timely manner. Then each scene and act should be proof-listened against the text as editing progresses, to ensure that no lines are omitted.

    MAGIC WINDOW:

    (BC admin)
  6. 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 act. Leave a 1-2 second gap (ambient sound) between lines. Insert the following tone between scenes: http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/ashort_tone.mp3

    Submit different characters in separate files.

    Please do NOT do any post-processing (noise removal, amplification, etc) to your file. Our editor will need to adjust these things in the editing phase to make the files match up, and two processing passes will often distort the voice. If your recording has significant noise or other technical problems, we'll try to help you trouble-shoot those so you won't have to deal with them in future recordings.
  7. Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:

    [Role], read by [your name].

    If you are reading multiple roles, you may combine the credits, e.g. "Role 1, Role 2, and Role 3 read by [name]."


    If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:

    At the beginning: Act [#] of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. 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 Act [#]. At the end of the play, add End of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.

    Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
  8. AFTER recording:

    Save files as 128 kbps MP3 juliuscaesar_[role]_[#].mp3 (all lower-case), where # is the act number. ex. juliuscaesar_cassius_1.mp3

    ID3 V2 tags: Not needed for individual parts.

    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 (when your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread): http://upload.librivox.org

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      (If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)

      You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: law - chocoholic
    • If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
Any questions? Please post below or PM me.
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Post by Abigail Bartels » October 9th, 2009, 2:12 pm

I'm so excited that this project is a go! Could I please take the part of Portia?
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Post by chocoholic » October 9th, 2009, 2:17 pm

Certainly, Abigail, thanks! That was quick. :)
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Post by Abigail Bartels » October 9th, 2009, 2:19 pm

chocoholic wrote:Certainly, Abigail, thanks! That was quick. :)
Thanks! I love Shakespeare, and this is an amazing play!! YAY!! :D
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Post by wildemoose » October 9th, 2009, 2:24 pm

Are there gender restrictions on Cassius? I am female but I would LOVE to have a try. This is my favorite Shakespeare and Cassius is my favorite character.

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Post by mb » October 9th, 2009, 2:52 pm

I'd like to help out, but I'm conflicted re: parts. Could you perhaps surprise me?

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Post by AmateurOzmologist » October 9th, 2009, 3:11 pm

Hey, I'd like to sign up for Calpurnia, if she's still available!
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Post by chocoholic » October 9th, 2009, 6:15 pm

Wildemoose: Cassius is indeed one that I am requesting a male voice for. I'm sorry! Can I interest you in another role?

mb: I thought you might turn up :) -- glad you're here! I haven't finished re-reading the play yet, you sure you want to trust me to choose? How does Casca strike you?

AmOz: Calpurnia is yours!
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Post by mb » October 9th, 2009, 6:30 pm

Casca's great - I think I sound like a Casca. :D
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Post by wildemoose » October 9th, 2009, 6:48 pm

Sad but I understand...in fact, I think I once wrote a paper on themes of male friendship (Brutus/Cassius) in Julius Caesar. Their fight scene (3.4, I believe?) is one of my favorite scenes in Shakespeare. I assume you want a male voice for Brutus as well...

I wish this play had more women's parts! Well, how about Lucius, who's a boy, and Titinius, so at least I'll get a scene with Cassius?

:)

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Post by Abigail Bartels » October 9th, 2009, 7:00 pm

How would you like the lines to be recorded? One file per act/scene/line? Tone or silence between lines if there are multiple lines in a file? Anything else I should know about before I start recording?
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Post by mikegoldster » October 9th, 2009, 7:08 pm

I'll take Antony.

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Post by aradlaw » October 9th, 2009, 7:15 pm

I see small parts :mrgreen: may I have section 04 please.
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Post by chocoholic » October 9th, 2009, 9:24 pm

mb -- OK, you are in for Casca!

wildemoose -- I could not agree more about the women's roles in this play, it's no fair. :( Lucius and Tintinius overlap in IV.3 -- just the one line for Lucius, but it's right near Tintinius' voice. That might be confusing to listeners. Would you care to substitute a different role for one of those?

Abigail -- One file per act, please, and leave 1-2 seconds between each line (ambient sound is better than artificially-inserted silence). I have asked aradlaw, who will be editing, if he would like a tone or some such mark between scenes in a file; we will let you know about that soon. Otherwise, tech specs as in the first post of this thread, below the Magic Window (remember your voice credit!), and have fun!

mikegoldster -- Antony is an ambitious first role. This will be your first recording, yes? Thanks for your interest in the project! I will enter you as reader. We really will need a short sample to check your technical setup (it's not an audition)... it is no fun to have to re-record an entire act because of a volume or noise problem. And you saw my note in the first post under the target date -- the one about reassigning if I don't hear from you in a month? Antony is the kind of role that I am thinking about there (because it's a big one) -- just giving fair warning. :D

aradlaw -- Thanks very much!
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Post by mikegoldster » October 9th, 2009, 10:57 pm

I understand that the role of Antony is a big undertaking, but I'm very familiar with the play, and AmateurOzmologist is helping me out.

I've posted a short poem in the short poem collection.

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