Sunday, 30 April 2017

What's it like narrating Music Audio Stories?

Narrating Music Audio Stories is a lot of fun! If you listen carefully to my stories, you will notice that the music is phrased with the narration and character voices, making it almost seem like songwriting rather than your standard audio book. This quality of writing words and sentences rhythmically was evident from my first audio book March of The Ants and has continued in every audio story I have written since. As with everything I do, I don't over think! This just happens naturally.

Once the story and score is written, I record the scratch track. This is the guide track that the actors will later follow when they do their voice-overs. From the guide track I have recorded, Adie cuts out the narrator's lines and I re-record the lines in my "narrators" voice! I record the narration in the same way I record singing, with one side of the headphones off my ears so I can hear my natural voice as I go.

Narration in any audio book is important but especially in a children's audio book because the storyteller's voice must be animated, expressive, dynamic and full of energy. Pronunciation is also important. Whilst I focus on these things as well as my performance, Adie is listening back in the control room and making sure I'm doing a good job!

I colour all of the character's lines on the script in different colours to make parts easier to read. I keep all the narration in black ink and even though I already know most of the lines, as I wrote them, I still need the script to guide me. I don't think of it as "reading" though! When you already know most of the lines it becomes more fluid and more of a performance.

At first, as most people will say when they first hear their voice recorded, it was a little strange to hear my voice! For years I have heard my singing voice but never my speaking voice so it took some time to get used to. The more audio books we made, the easier the narration became and now I absolutely love being the narrator of Music Audio Stories.

Check out my special brand of children's audio books here: www.musicaudiostories.com ;-)

Anna-Christina 

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