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Composer's Corner

How did two musicians come together to form the powerhouse composing duo behind Music Audio Stories?

Adie Hardy and Anna-Christina composing music and the score to Music Audio Stories at the recording studio image

Our paths first crossed four years ago for the making of a band album. We both stem from successful music careers and found we had a common interest in pursuing other areas of the music industry we had not previously explored. We began to collaborate on various projects and one of those projects became Music Audio Stories!

Even though we are both musicians, we draw on different strengths to create our stories. The combination of our performance, musical and production abilities meant that we already had the skills we needed to make audiobooks. As we progressed, we discovered we also had the talent for creating voices! 😁

Adie recording guitars at Unit 2 Studios image

The blend of our edgy approach to classical music with modern and vast influences makes for unique musical results.

We compose music using the full orchestra, piano, guitars, bass, banjos, drums, percussion and all sorts of other instruments. It helps that we play many instruments too. We explore different musical styles, genres and techniques so our stories sound fresh and vibrant.

An audio story isn't just told through the words but through the music as well. The music creates the atmosphere and sets the scene. It moves with the rise and fall of the words and helps the listener to connect to the story.

Anna-Christina composing on piano image

A reviewer once described our Music Audio Stories as "films without the pictures", and that's exactly how they feel when you listen to them. They are incredibly visual and a lot of that has to do with the music composition.

The process of creating music for our stories varies but they do often begin with a strong melody on the piano. Sections of music are built around a theme to match each scene of the story. We are organic composers which means we improvise, letting ideas flow naturally. We don't use formulas or mathematical equations. We work with our instincts and emotions and never over analyse anything we create.

Unlike other audiobooks, the music in our stories continues throughout and is an essential part of the stories. If you listen carefully to our 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 audiobook. We're so proud of what we have been able to create with our Music Audio Stories! 😊

💚 Anna-Christina

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About Music Audio Stories | Creating Audiobooks

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