COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poem] The Tom-Cat by Don Marquis - dl

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Post by KevinS » June 24th, 2019, 7:52 pm

The Tom-Cat by Don Marquis (1878 - 1937).

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A reflection on the tom-cat. (KevinS)
Each fortnight a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!
This fortnight's poem can be found here.

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Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz

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Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
The Tom-Cat by Don Marquis, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
Then read the poem:
The Tom-Cat

At midnight in the alley
A Tom-cat comes to wail,
And he chants the hate of a million years
As he swings his snaky tail.

Malevolent, bony, brindled
Tiger and devil and bard,
His eyes are coals from the middle of Hell
And his heart is black and hard.

He twists and crouches and capers
And bares his curved sharp claws,
And he sings to the stars of the jungle nights
Ere cities were, or laws.

Beast from world primeval,
He and his leaping clan,
When the blotched red moon leers over the roofs,
Give voice to their scorn of man.

He will lie on a rug to-morrow
And lick his silky fur,
And veil the brute in his yellow eyes
And play he's tame, and purr.

But at midnight in the alley
He will crouch again and wail,
And beat the time for his demon's song
With the swing of his demon's tail.


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Post by KevinS » June 24th, 2019, 7:53 pm

I hope I've set this up correctly!

I would like to say, also, that I have a cat named Charlie who loves me, for some reason. I love him, too.
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Post by Peter Why » June 25th, 2019, 9:19 pm

I do like Don Marquis!

Here's mine: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_py_128kb.mp3

(1.28)

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Post by KevinS » June 26th, 2019, 4:40 am

Peter Why wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 9:19 pm
I do like Don Marquis!

Here's mine: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_py_128kb.mp3

(1.28)

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Post by KevinS » June 26th, 2019, 10:42 am

Peter Why wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 9:19 pm
I do like Don Marquis!

Here's mine: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_py_128kb.mp3

(1.28)

Peter
PL OK!
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Post by sacredsounds » June 26th, 2019, 7:58 pm

This is basically my 1st recording (beside my one-minute test) Woohoo! I'm sooo glad my mic wind-cover and pop-filter arrived today because dang! Lots of sibilant 's' sounds and such in this one! Here's the link:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_ggg_128kb.mp3
Time: 1:20s
Name: Gwendolyn Gorham

This poem reminded me of one of my favorite anime movies "Grandma and Her Ghosts" (If you like Studio Ghibli style films you may also enjoy this one-it's HILARIOUS!) :lol:

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Post by KevinS » June 26th, 2019, 8:23 pm

sacredsounds wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 7:58 pm
This is basically my 1st recording (beside my one-minute test) Woohoo! I'm sooo glad my mic wind-cover and pop-filter arrived today because dang! Lots of sibilant 's' sounds and such in this one! Here's the link:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_ggg_128kb.mp3
Time: 1:20s
Name: Gwendolyn Gorham

This poem reminded me of one of my favorite anime movies "Grandma and Her Ghosts" (If you like Studio Ghibli style films you may also enjoy this one-it's HILARIOUS!) :lol:
Thanks very much!

A nice recording but there is a bit of hiss at the start and perhaps throughout, but to a lesser degree. Would you mind running the recording through noise reduction?

Should you need help, I'll be happy to assist you.
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Post by NarratorJ » June 27th, 2019, 6:49 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_nj_128kb.mp3

here's mine (1:28)
Great selection
Thanks,
J
feedback / constructive criticism appreciated

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Post by KevinS » June 27th, 2019, 7:00 am

NarratorJ wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 6:49 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_nj_128kb.mp3

here's mine (1:28)
Great selection
Thanks,
J
Thank you! PL OK!
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Post by sacredsounds » June 27th, 2019, 10:17 am

KevinS wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 8:23 pm

Thanks very much!

A nice recording but there is a bit of hiss at the start and perhaps throughout, but to a lesser degree. Would you mind running the recording through noise reduction?

Should you need help, I'll be happy to assist you.
Hi Kevin,

I didn't notice it but yeah there is a tiny bit of a hiss, I ran it through noise reduction then did replay gain then did that procedure again- I don't know how to use that effect could you explain it to me or link a good video or article on it? Here is the new upload anywho- if you want me to edit it some more I'm happy to with direction. :P Great learning experience!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_gg_128kb.mp3

Thanks!
Last edited by sacredsounds on June 28th, 2019, 9:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Post by KevinS » June 27th, 2019, 10:25 am

sacredsounds wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 10:17 am
KevinS wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 8:23 pm

Thanks very much!

A nice recording but there is a bit of hiss at the start and perhaps throughout, but to a lesser degree. Would you mind running the recording through noise reduction?

Should you need help, I'll be happy to assist you.
Hi Kevin,

I didn't notice it but yeah there is a tiny bit of a hiss, I ran it through noise reduction then did replay gain then did that procedure again- I don't know how to use that effect could you explain it to me or link a good video or article on it? Here is the new upload anywho- if you want me to edit it some more I'm happy to with direction. :P Great learning experience!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_gg_128kb.mp3

Thanks!
Easy to do here, if you'd like.

First let's get rid of the silent spot just before you read the poem. You can find it because it will be perfectly flat in the timeline. If you copy an equal length of 'silence' from the very end of the recording, you can paste it on top of the really silent stretch. It's a very little thing, but it is noticable and this is something new you might learn.

As for the noise reduction, just highlight the hissy part at the very beginning. This will be your sample for when you pull down the effects menu for Noise Reduction. Press the top button there for the sample---so long as your little spot of hiss is highlighted from just before---and then select the whole recording. Go back to noise reduction and instead of hitting the sample button, you push the lower button that does the cleaning.

That should probably be all you'll need to do.

Please give it a try when you can. I'll be around a lot today as I'm hiding from the lawnmower.
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Post by Newgatenovelist » June 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm

Hello Kevin and Charlie,

This was a good choice. I'll never look at some of the local cats in the same way!
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_el_128kb.mp3 (1.36)
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Post by KevinS » June 27th, 2019, 12:10 pm

Newgatenovelist wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Hello Kevin and Charlie,

This was a good choice. I'll never look at some of the local cats in the same way!
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/tomcat_marquis_el_128kb.mp3 (1.36)
Erin
Charlie listened and gave his full approval. PL OK!
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