this is a librivox recording…

February 6, 2010 at 11:48 am | Posted in not bloody music | Leave a comment

Imagine the situation: you are faced with the long, lonely trudge home from work and look to your generic mp3 player to provide some company. However, you find yourself so sick of bloody music that even something as exciting as, say, the opening of papua new guinea by future sound of london is enough to make you want to go and play in the traffic. What now?

Well, now is the time to fire up the download you got earlier from the wonderful website Librivox. This may be my favourite web2.0 thing. I’ll let them explain:

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.

Volunteering for LibriVox is easy and does not require any experience with recording or audio engineering or acting or public speaking. All you need is a computer, some free recording software, and your own voice. We accept all volunteers in all languages, with all kinds of accents. You don’t need to audition or send us samples. We’ll accept you no matter what you sound like.

Not all the readers are Martin Jarvis, of course, but once you’ve got your ears around the amateur (but usually pretty good) voices, this is a fantastic resource. I’ve listened to Darwin, Ruskin, Thoreau, Blackwood and most recently have been really enjoying H.P. Lovecraft. Here’s a link to a story about unearthly music keeping demons at bay, which is appropriate to the themes of this blog, I think you’ll agree: The Music of Erich Zann

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