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GUEST,J Wynia 02 Mar 12 - 04:55 PM
GUEST,J Wynia 02 Mar 12 - 08:32 PM
Max 02 Mar 12 - 10:43 PM
katlaughing 02 Mar 12 - 11:11 PM
My guru always said 03 Mar 12 - 03:52 AM
GUEST,Noreen 03 Mar 12 - 10:51 AM
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Subject: Tech: Podcast Seeking Singers, Researchers...
From: GUEST,J Wynia
Date: 02 Mar 12 - 04:55 PM

I'm starting a new podcast called "What The People Sang" (http://www.whatthepeoplesang.com/). It's dedicated to sharing a love of traditional folk songs. History, background, context different versions, and recordings together give a picture of these old songs and how they've come to us through history.

The general idea is to go digging into folk songs from earlier than the 1922 "public domain" line in copyright history. Immigration songs, general folk songs, work songs, cowboy songs, etc.

Episodes would feature one or more individual songs, the history, context, different versions, etc. of those songs. I also want to include a simple recording of each song that we can release as a public domain version of these songs. That's where you come in.

While I will probably make some of these recordings myself, I'm looking for volunteer singers to help out. Volunteers would use their own computers and microphones to record simple renditions of songs from whatever resources we have on the song. In some cases, we may have dozens of existing recordings to work from. In others, old sheet music. For others, a bunch of lyrics and a fragment of a tune. At least for the time being, I'm going to limit the scope to songs in English, but may branch out to cover songs in other languages as long as compete translations are provided for listeners who don't speak that language.

If we can figure out the logistics, I'd love to figure out how to have multiple singers collaborate on some recordings, but we'll have to see where this leads. Otherwise, what I'm envisioning is planning out episodes and the songs covered, asking the group of singers for volunteers to tackle recording it, having the group pick which version(s) to include and then putting the episode together.

I'm not aiming for high production value: just real people singing these songs clearly. Obviously, the better your microphone, the better the recordings will be, but even the built-in microphones in laptops like the MacBook Pro are surprisingly good and up to the task. I do have some sample recordings of the kind of thing I'm thinking of if you're concerned that you won't be able to produce something of high enough quality and want to compare.

I'll take care of all hosting/distribution for this project, with the song recordings likely hosted on Archive.org to ensure that future generations can enjoy them for free.

I come to this as an interested amateur who loves old songs. I believe this will be a fun project for all involved and will hopefully bring these old songs to others. Obviously, if you have a deeper background in this area than I do, I'd love your help on research, etc. as well.

If you're interested as a singer or interested in contributing as a co-host, as a researcher, editor or in some other way, please drop me an email at: j@wynia.org. I look forward to working with you on this.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Podcast Seeking Singers, Researchers...
From: GUEST,J Wynia
Date: 02 Mar 12 - 08:32 PM

Quick additional note is that I will not be making ANY money off of this. If, at some point in the future, revenue becomes possible, I'll be passing that along to contributors. This is entirely a project that's a labor of love.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Podcast Seeking Singers, Researchers...
From: Max
Date: 02 Mar 12 - 10:43 PM

I'll rap about it with you. I founded this site 16 years ago. Might have a thing or two worth talking about. Shoot me a note at max@mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: Tech: Podcast Seeking Singers, Researchers...
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Mar 12 - 11:11 PM

Max, you are a man of understated brevity.:-)


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Subject: RE: Tech: Podcast Seeking Singers, Researchers...
From: My guru always said
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 03:52 AM

Sounds like an excellent project, good luck!

Wish I had the technical skills & time to join the fun, but alas I haven't. Am sure you'll find some willing victims volunteers here though.

Would be excellent if you & Max can collaborate, he's our host & founder & a genius to boot. Such a good boy!

Do keep us informed via this thread please!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Podcast Seeking Singers, Researchers...
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 10:51 AM

Sounds interesting...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Podcast Seeking Singers, Researchers...
From: GUEST,J Wynia
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 01:58 PM

I do have a few episodes sketched out and people lined up to record the first 3 songs we'll feature. Hopefully, once we get a few episodes out, we can recruit even more people to participate. The more people participating, the less work any one person has to do, which I think will be key to this project's success.


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