Here's a collection of all the "A new hevn" readings. Hopefully, I'll finally find some time to try cutting them together, so gathering them in one easy-to-find location sounds reasonable - but I believe it'll be helpful for other hitRECorders too. Besides, I think that generally, with this kind of big projects it's useful and quite convenient to keep different components (ideas, images, voice-overs, music etc.) in seperate albums. Speaking of which, Danah has been compiling an album of Hevn&Urth Art, you might wanna check it out: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/371106. Also, I'm going to put here only the readings in English; for foreign versions of the poem, please go to this album: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/373081.
I feel like there is more in this than just the recording. This is my first time even seeing 'a new hevn'. I hadn't even looked at it before this. I wanted it to be NEW, leaving space for the unexpected and unplanned. For example, I didn't expect that single perfect cry-baby tear, but it happened. :) But I trust Metaphorest and Wirrow, and felt like this epic of theirs deserves a first impression.
I didn't even want to look at 'a new hevn' until I could get time in the studio to record. So this is my first time even seeing this story, let alone reading it out loud. I wanted it to be NEW, leaving space for the unexpected and unplanned. (There is also a video of this recording, but it needs to be re-formatted.)
a bunch of different voices. a "univoice," perhaps? sort of assigned some loose characters for this. Hevn. Urth. Chorus. Wise Narrator (gosh, this was HARD.)
Alpal beat me to it (and did a better job) but I was working on it for awhile so I thought I'd release it....
I only did the first two stanzas cuz my computer wouldn't cooperate :P
Anyway, I love it going in this direction and I'd love it to have even more and more voice... I really, really like the idea of a Greek Chorus feel to this --- seems appropriate for a creation myth.
The rhyming creation myth by wirrow and Metaphorest. I tweaked the words just a little, and my draft of the text is resourced below. And here I recorded a reading of it. There's already been lots of great readings of this poem, and I hope there are more to come. I think it might be cool to mix a grand multitude of voices together to tell this story.
The next thing that probably ought to happen is for visual artists to start drawing specific parts. Pick a stanza you like, or even just one line and turn it into any sort of image. Maybe pretty soon we could have a bit of a storybook slideshow going, which is usually an important step in big animation projects.
not really. hahha. but still.
longest read I've ever done.
Soooo... I played around with the first few verses and added my voice (which I tried to time as closely to Joe's as possible) and some background noise.
This is such a lovely story. I wubbles stories. ♥
This is based on Joe's version. fast-forward about 8 seconds... I didn't realize I was RECording, oops! I speak too fast, I don't enunciate, I have a rotten cold, I huff & puff into the mic and my accent changes. Pffft, fantastic.
After four takes (this is the 1st one), I still couldn't manage to get through the whole thing without blubbering, so I'm tossing it in.
I refuse to be afraid of my own voice.... just as long as I'm not singing with it ;-)
wirrow and Metaphorest's rhyming creation myth, read as if it were a bedtime story. One take, me and my laptop's built-in mic.
A reading of the full "A New Hev'n."
I have a request. I want to do a remix of A New Hev'n, and I get that some people might not want to REC the whole thing (it is, after all, pretty epic). So if people could REC a stanza or too, that'd be awesome ^_^
(PS: Sorry for making Hev'n sounding crazy posh. I didn't mean to :o)
There are already a bunch of readings of this up here, but I thought I'd do one anyway.
saw the rewrite 20 minutes after I recorded my last version, so I went back and did it agan - by heart!
Dedicated to Ally Alpal, who inspired and encouraged me to give this a shot. Don't think anything can beat her reading though.
I played a lot of Lisa Gerrard while recording this <3
Penelope asked for a reading of a stanza from "a new hevn" ... I ended up reading a few... this is from stanzas 5-13.
For whoever to use for whatever you'd like:)
heehh.. see what i did there? i red wirrow's story... lol... ok. i need sleep :/
This is how I heard the poem the first time I read it.
Well, I imagined two old voices telling the story together, they didn't compete for their favourite bits, but they tended to tell the bits that were relevant to their character. Also, the urth character had a Yorkshire accent, but this was the best I could do.
I'm in a very poetic mood, so I thought I'd try my hand at a reading of "a new hevn". I really love the poem but was reluctant to record myself reading it because I sincerely hate my voice and I know my breaths get all caught up because I'm so nervous, but I wanted to contribute regardless :]
This is my reading of "A New Hevn". My voice is very deep, and I just woke up. Forgive me if I don't sound clear or if I mispronounce any words.
Loved the feel of Hevn's words so I RECorded it... may be helpful... or NOT. But it was fun regardless. Excuse the clicky clacky of me hitting the RECord button. :)
Being my first RECord, I thought it would be fun to add my voice to this amazing text from Wirrow and Metaphorest.
mom n I were talking about virtual worlds and digital dreams, which is where Inception came in...coincidentally it was showing on my flight back to Japan and hence I was subsequently led here via Joe's stellar facial expressions and then impulsively inspired upon listening to Joe's narration.
someone knocked on my window in the middle of my recording sooo that was kinda creepy...
if my nose sounds like it's plugged, it is. sorry, but it is a universal truth that raw inspiration is most certainly accompanied by plugginess.
brought to you by Japan's latest aftershock. (live, pray, and do.)
I feel a wee bit presumptious, since so many people have already recorded this, but I do like the idea of somebody making a tatterdemalion motley mix'n'match version, and would like to contribute if it happens, so here's my take on performing this lovely creation myth.
Reading of Joe's edit of a new hevn
(there were a few stumbles but I left them in because I wanted a more raw feel to the reading)
I have no idea why I chose to read it with a partial accent, but I did, and I kinda like it. ;)