February 5, 2015

A Long-Expected Party for Us, an Unexpected Party for You

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Welcome to The Seventh Age Projects, a website wholly dedicated to bringing you wonder and joy in the form of incredibly well-crafted books, short stories, selected readings, and poetry in varying audio formats. Before reading any further, we ask that you please put on a pair of headphones, and listen to our Concerning Hobbits preview.

Don’t worry, we’ll still be here.

Listened to it? Great.

If you’re back reading this then I am guessing Joe’s incredible audio work and my voice-over brought you back. So because you’ve returned to us, let me tell you what our goals are, both long term and short.

Our long term goal, and ultimate end for this collaboration, is to bring you an audio book version of The Lord of the Rings that implements Howard Shore’s score from The Lord of the Rings films, features ambient sounds, and powerful narration. We want to craft that work into a format that can be passed on from parent to child or friend to friend, for absolutely free.

That’s right – I said free.

Joe and I have long talked about how important The Lord of the Rings, and the other works of J.R.R. Tolkien, are to us. We share a deep and abiding fulfillment in the story of the Ring and Frodo’s harrowing journey. That coupled with our particular gifts, my voice and Joe’s audio expertise, helped us see that we want people to hear the story the way we hear it in our minds when we read it or see it on the silver screen. We’ve decided to put our talents to use and bring you other stories, not just from Tolkien, many of which are classics that reside in the public domain that we can record and produce for you, and that is what we want to do.

There are other works however; I am a published author and Joe and I share a passion of putting my work into audio format that I can either sell or give away, but all of that is down the road. Our short term goals are something we’ll post more about soon, but really this is about providing you a fresh and powerful way to experience literature.

Mainly, we wanted to say, “Hello,” and show you a preview of what you can expect from us, and a vision of the work that we hope to accomplish in the years to come. We’ll be providing regular updates to our progress, sneak peeks of what’s to come, some projects we’d like to crowd-fund, and many things we want to give you for free. We want to start a podcast to talk about stories and have regular folks like you join us each session to talk about the story that matters to you. So, all of that to say- take a look around our website, that is wholly meant as a gift to you, subscribe to our newsletter and share us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and any other social media you can think of. All it takes to give people these stories is a two seconds and the click of a button. We hope you’ll afford us that.

But most importantly, if you didn’t listen to Concerning Hobbits preview, please go back and do so, then let us know what you think. We have worked hard, Joe especially, to bring you this small taste of a greater work we want you to be a part of.

So, it is appropriate to say that we are looking for someone to share in an adventure with us and searching for members to join our company on this endeavor, and it would bring us no small happiness to know that person is you.

Hope to see you on the road, as it goes ever on and on, until then we remain, faithfully,

The Seventh Age Projects Team


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One Comment on “A Long-Expected Party for Us, an Unexpected Party for You

March 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Are you aware of the Phil Dragash reading? That project also used Howard Shore’s music and sound fx, I assume from the movies rather than a foley artist, but I don’t know. There are some weaknesses to that recording. The voices are great and obviously made in imitation to the actors of the films, but the sound levels are somewhat variable and can be impossible to hear then suddenly far too loud. Sibilants are piercing, often.

I hope greatly that your project is as good or better and I would not mind paying for it, although the idea of “free” is quite enticing. Good luck guys.


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