Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 19

In this, the final chapter of "Lady Chatterley's Lover", Sir Clifford takes the news of Connie's leaving him with a bit of male hysteria.

Despite her wish to the contrary, Lady Chatterley travels to Wragby to meet in person with her estranged husband.

Listen to Chapter 19 of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" HERE.

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Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 18

During their return to London from Venice, Connie tells her father, Sir Malcom, she'll not return to Wragby since she's with child, the child of a man not her husband. Sir Malcolm imagines her lover a lucky man.

Connie and Mellors reunite in London.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Levelator Note :: We Love Great Customer Service

Had a nice note from Bruce Sharpe regarding an earlier post on Levelator and its java-based audio levels adjustments machine.

Hi,

Sorry to hear you didn't get the results you wanted from The Levelator. We're working on a new version which (among other things) greatly improves the "breathing" issue that you mention.

Would you be able to provide me with the audio file you used, pre-Levelator and pre-MP3 encoding? I can test it and see if the new version is indeed better. Samples like this have been a great help in improving the algorithm.

Thanks!
Sent Bruce an excerpt of the original wav file and expect to hear from him soon.

Now that's customer service. Bruce must have seen the link back to Levelator and made the time to make contact. Sweet. Thanks, Bruce. Can't wait to test the new version of Levelator.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence - Chapter 17

Scandal.

Mellors' estranged wife Bertha returns to find herself unwelcome in Mellors' cottage, where there's evidence of another woman. In a fury, Bertha publicly announces who she think's been sleeping in her bed.

Gossipy letters to and from Wragby and Venice abound.

Listen to the mp3 HERE.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence - Chapter 16

Mrs. Bolton knows, but covers for the stormy absence of the Lady of the Chatterley house.

With the skeptical help of her sister Hilda, Connie clandestinely meets Mellors on her last night near Wragby before leaving for a Venice holiday.

"It's the nicest woman's arse as is," is what Connie remembers as Clifford opines on the nature of spirit vs. guts. "It's the nicest woman's arse as is."

Download / listen to the mp3 file HERE.

Great to be back. Lots of travel & freelance work lately, and a neighbor moves in, moves out, and another neighbor move in and continues construction across the hall. The new neighbor loves loud music. Hmmm.

Experimented with Levelator - free a Windows / Mac 10.4 compression agent. You'll hear the 'breathing' as the program adjusts levels during longer silences. Further experimented recording for the first time on the Dell PC using the similarly free and wonderful cross-platform Audacity, which is why the Levelator test became an option since overall levels changed throughout the recording as the proper audio settings were located. From beginning to end, a net reduction of 10 db in input level. That's a lot. The 'breathing' is less noticable toward the end.

Have begun to transfer all the audio files for this work to Blip.tv. Check it out. Free hosting and automated cross-posting for all your multi-media needs.

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POST NOTE: Got rid of the Levelated file. The breathing and increased level overall did not match previous chapters. Alas.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Banned Books Week::September 23-30, 2006

Sorry to interrupt your regularly-scheduled podcast with this, but it seems too on point not to mention Banned Books Week, given the nature of this particular ditigal space.

The American Library Association fights the good fight against censorship. Sometimes, without a fight, books like "Lady Chatterly's Lover" might never have been published in the United States.

From their web site:
More than a book a day faces expulsion from free and open public access in U.S. schools and libraries every year. There have been more than 8,700 attempts since the American Library Association (ALA) began electronically compiling and publishing information on book challenges in 1990.
Extraordinary. Who knew?

Is this not a frightening statistic? Horrifying that there is one person in this day and age who believes censorship is a valid response to things one does not like.

For shame. For shame.

Celebrate banned books? Hardly.

Shout it from the rooftops: liberty or death.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence - Chapter 15

With the news that Connie is pregnant, Mellors ruminates on how men might once again be men: red trousers.

"Tha's got a proper woman's arse," he says, "I like it."

Out looking for Connie, Mrs. Bolton finds the lovers together, walking in the riding.

Listen to Chapter 15 of Lady Chatterley's Lover HERE.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence - Chapter 13

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Connie and Mellors push Clifford around in the broken motorized chair and fighting ensues between the Chatterleys.
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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Chapter 11 of Lady Chatterley's Lover

Uthwaite rumour has it that Constance Chatterley will provide Clifford - and Wagby - with an heir. Even the suspicious gossip Mrs. Bolton believes it's possible that the parapelgic Clifford will be the future child's father as Connie plans an extended trip to Venice in order to deflect suspicion of fatherhood well away from Mellors.

This link takes you to Chapter 11.

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It's wonderful to be back, reading D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" once again. Thank you one and all for your cards and letters of support and encouragement.

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