Dear friend in Christ…
As another Year of Grace gets underway, we’re carrying on with our project of making an Audio Book of Concord. You probably know that we attempted to make this happen starting at the beginning of last Advent, and that we got bogged down about halfway through the Apology of the Augsburg Confession this summer. The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and ambitious projects fall short. Oh well! We’re starting back up again, because it’s better than quitting.
Are you interested in volunteering to read for ConcordCast? Send us an email via the ConcordCast contact form.
After we have replied and granted you access to the ConcordCast Readers spreadsheet on Google, consult the following procedures, rules, & regs.
Scheduling & Communication
Requesting reading spots — Please request open reading slots via email or via the Notes to/from readers section on the ConcordCast Readers spreadsheet; your name will be added to the spreadsheet once we have confirmed availability, etc. Just indicate the date of the reading your want— it’s much easier for us to find.
Frequency — Right now we are limiting volunteers to two readings per one-month period, starting on the Monday after Christmas. The sheet is color-coded into alternating one-month blocks in order to assist you.
Questions or comments? — If you have questions regarding your assigned reading, please enter them in the Notes to/from readers box next to the week of your reading. Others may have the same question and it will helpful if the answer is visible to everyone.
Reading/Recording Nuts & Bolts
Text — We use the public domain version of the text of the Book of Concord of 1580 (the English translation of the Triglotta by Dau & Bente), available at bookofconcord.org. Here is the daily schedule of readings that we are using. (Nota Bene: we are not on the same week as the site.)
Equipment — Please use a high-quality recording device. A condenser microphone and QuickTime/Audacity would be preferable, but if you do not have access to a condenser mic, a smartphone with an audio-recorder or a multimedia mic will often render decent-quality recorded audio. Test and see.
Audio bitrate — Record at 192-256 kbps, if possible. (NB: some of these mics are very sensitive, such that you don’t need to project all that much when you record. Speak clearly and at a good volume, but don’t call down fire from heaven.)
Introductions & Transitions — If you’re starting in the middle of an article, don’t introduce it at all; just start reading. We’ll stitch it to the prior reading and it’ll be slick. For example, if you sign up for “AP II 42-III 52”, a reading which covers part of the article “Of Original Sin” and the entirety of the article “Of Christ”, just start reading the text like you were the one reading the whole time. When you get to the end of an article, pause for a couple seconds, and then introduce the next article by saying (in the case of our example) “Article Three, Of Christ”; then begin reading again. That’s it.
Sending your recording — In the (likely) event that the file is too large to send via email, use Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Droplr, Amazon Cloud, Hightail or some other cloud service to send your recording. If you are using Dropbox or Google Drive, let us know and we will grant you access to the ConcordCast shared folder to expedite the process. Whichever method you use, please send your recordings one week ahead of time if at all possible.
Mistakes — If you flub something in your reading (it happens to all of us, especially with this edition of the Book of Concord, which is a bit antiquated), just stop, wait a few seconds and start the sentence or paragraph over. We can edit out the mistake and stitch it back up, easy as pie. However, it is important that you let us know the time-stamp of the glitch so that it is easy to find.
Pet peeves — Please do not go crazy with inflection and intonation. Read clearly and with expression, but not dramatically. Please regard the text reverently, for it is in a very real sense sacred to Catholic churches of the Augsburg Confession, even if is not divine or inspired. The idea here is lectio continua, not reader’s theatre.
Publicity — Send us a headshot and a two-to-three sentence blurb about yourself to include when the episode airs. If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, let us know.
Promotion — If you are going to volunteer for this project, we ask that you would help get the word out to family, friends, fellow Lutherans, Lutheran inquirers, bored commuters, etc. Please promote the whole project, not just the episodes where you’re the one reading! Following ConcordCast on Twitter or Facebook makes this easy to do. Reshare and retweet! Make an announcement after church or at your Bible study! You may consider promoting ConcordCast with a bulletin-insert at your church (subject to the approval of your pastor and church council, of course). The domain concordcast.com redirects to the podcast feed here at Pseudepigraphus. It’s easy to remember: “Con Cord Cast Dot Com.”
That’s all we’ve got in the way of the Third Use of the Law for this project. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Yours in the Confession of Christ,