About Story Spieler

Roy Trumbull

Storyspieler began in late 2004 when the rss format became popular and blogs really took off. Taking blogs a step further to podcasting happened rather quickly. Thanks to the mp3 format it was now possible to handle audio files without eating up storage capacity. Initially I used Radio Weblogs as my host because they supplied all the software bells and whistles.

At first I used the website provisions that were part of my personal ISP space. I quickly found that 24 megs didn’t go very far but it was a start. In the summer of 2005 I registered the domain Storyspieler.com which gave me some breathing room. The honeymoon lasted almost 2 years and then I had my first hacker attack. It took the form of someone downloading the same file endlessly which ate up my bandwidth. After that I had to require a user name and password.

The next step was to post the bulk of my readings on Internet Archive so that the bandwidth problem was solved. The Storyspieler site now just links to files that are on Internet Archive. Not being an HTML kind of guy I also resorted to creating PDF files that contain clickable links to groups of stories. Having come from a field where nothing survived for more than 3 to 5 years, I felt myself ahead of the game in dropping the tedious creation of pages in favor of something more reasonable

In the summer of 2009 I learned that Radio Weblogs would stop serving as a host at the end of the year. They really were a software company anyway. That sent me on a search for another way to host the podcast. After several trial runs of different packages that all had fatal problems I settled on WordPress as have so many others.

Along the way I’ve written and narrated a few stories and novels of my own. Through Gutenberg.org I connected with Cory Doctorow and have narrated 4 of his stories. I also contacted  David Bauman who writes the Starman series and have narrated 3 novels. It’s always neat to work with living authors who can tell you their intent and how their coined words are to be pronounced.

One of my frustrations in that regard was the Jack London story The Bones of Kahekili which was set in Hawaii. It was full of words and phrases that I didn’t want to chance. I wasn’t so concerned with saying them like a native as I was in avoiding gross mispronunciations. By pure luck I was contacted by a high school classmate who had lived in the islands over 40 years.

But mainly I depend on Gutenberg.org for stories. Where else would you go to find Tom Swift and the Visitor From Planet X? I tend to do folklore for awhile, then Sci-Fi, Childrens Stories, and sometimes history. If you look over what I’ve narrated you’ll find it to be rather eclectic.

The majority of the readings I’ve done since 2004 have come from text at Gutenberg which is a site that preserves a wide range of books and documents that are in the public domain. It’s sort of like having a university library on your computer. Much as I use my local library and my county library I’m painfully aware of the limits of their stacks.

I’ve found many treasures at Gutenberg. The volunteers who do the heavy lifting have digitized many fascinating volumes.

One unexpected result was that people who are learning English as a second language can follow along as I read. The result however is that they’ll learn a west coast accent contaminated with a few pronunciations that are very mid-western. Everyone in my immediate family was either from Illinois or their parents were from there. Sorry about that.

Gutenberg is a great resource available to all and I hope you’ll give them a visit soon.

Recently the site was moved from Storyspieler.com to Storyspieler.net. This was done because the host for the original site wasn’t using the current version of server software and that prevented me from using the current version of WordPress. I apologize for the change but it’s important for the future.

Because I’m using a plug-in to show contents in alphabetical order, you’ll see a title and short description but no player or download option. If you click on the title that will bring up both the player and download option.


10 Responses to About Story Spieler

  1. Jon Gicker says:

    I saw your name on Gutenberg, and it reminded me of listening to you years ago doing Folk Music Farrago. I enjoyed the show and am glad to read that you are still active. Best wishes!


    • Roy Trumbull says:

      I’ve only run into one other person who remembers that show. Someone taped two of my KPFA shows and posted them on Internet Archives. That show was called TNT for topical and traditional.

  2. Allison Martin says:

    My four kids and I often listen to radio shows, stories, and different poems I have downloaded from Archive.org while we are traveling in the car or working on quiet projects at home and we must have the same interests because pretty soon we realized that a lot of time we were listening to you. Well, it certainly didn’t take long for my kids to start to request “Mr. Trumbull’s tales,” and you have officially become a part of my family! I just wanted to thank you and let you know how much your beautiful narratives have meant to us. Your voice absolutely transports us to another world each time and your wide range has really broadened my kids’ interests. Through you they are inspired to not only listen to things they might not have otherwise, but also explore and read and try new things on their own, also. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We wholeheartedly appreciate the time you spend narrating these works and making them available so freely.

    • Roy Trumbull says:

      I’m glad you and your kids enjoy the story narrations. After I’d done them for several years I found I had a following of people learning English as a second language. Often the texts can be found at gutenberg.org and they could hear the story and follow the text. The only downside is that although I was born and raised in California I have a number of words I pronounce like a midwesterner. Lots of my family came from Illinois.
      I hope your kids become avid readers and that you have a good library nearby.

  3. Roy Trumbull says:

    You can use roy@storyspieler.net .

  4. Steve Arnott says:

    Dear Roy,

    I love your reading of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. In fact I’d like to use it as part of a short film, would you have any objections?



    • Roy Trumbull says:

      Curious thing regarding PP. My reading of the PP novel has been downloaded 27,000 times whereas PP in KG has been downloaded 70 times. I’m sure a search brings up both.

  5. william miesse says:

    To Roy Trumbull

    RE: JOAQUIN MILLER EXHIBIT in Mount Shasta 2013

    Hello Roy, I am helping to create a Joaquin Miller exhibit at the Mount Shasta Sisson Museum, (Mount Shasta City, CA) which opens April 6th, 2013.

    1. We will have a small room devoted to True Bear Stories and I was thinking it would be entertaining to have your TBS recordings available on headphones in the room. Can we have your permission to do so?

    2. I have often thought of creating an audio version of Miller’s 1873 “Unwritten History: Life Amongst the Modocs” an important Mount Shasta novel, one of the few books that took the Indian’s side of the story. Maybe you would be into recording it (you would retain all rights to post online, etc) and we could also sell it as an audio CD with all profits from the local sales to museum and yourself?

    One audio caveat- Most paperback versions of Miller’s “Life Amongst the Modocs: Unwritten History” are from the 1873 first edition published in England.
    There are actually two versions of the famous opening sentence to the novel.
    First American edition 1874: “As lone as God, and white as a winter moon, Mount Shasta starts up sudden and solitary from the heart of the great black forests of northern california.”
    First English edition 1873: “Lonely as God, and white as a winter moon, Mount Shasta starts up sudden and solitary from the heart of the great black forests of northern california.”

    I and others prefer the 1874 American first edition sentence “As lone as God….” and our exhibit will be using this 1874 version in its displays.

    Thanks, Bill Miesse for the Mount Shasta Sisson Museum

    PS I am amazed at the number of works your are providing to the world. Awesome.

  6. Moshe Kahan says:

    A goldmine have I discovered with this website. You are a delight to listen to.
    Is there an organization that would be interested in me volunteering to read for the public from my computer at home.

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