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Creating Audio Books

Our Journey

Our Music Audio Stories journey began when we (Adie Hardy and Anna-Christina) decided to combine our musical talents and skills to create fun and inspiring children’s audio books. Whilst working on our first story March of The Ants, we searched online for other audio stories similar to ours, yet could find nobody combining original classical music with original children's stories and Sound Effects. We decided to invent our own genre and call our creations "Music Audio Stories".

We have a passion to entertain, teach and instil positive messages to children helping them to build confidence and fulfil their dreams. Each of our stories has its own benefits and is tailored towards certain topics.

During our years in the publishing field, we have worked with actors and musicians including the Olivier nominated actor Paul Kaye who has appeared in numerous TV and film roles and was the original Mr Wormwood in the award winning West End hit musical Matilda and Thomas Meadows who can be found touring the world drumming for some of today's biggest artists such as Kylie Minogue.

We enjoy every aspect of the creative process and we can't wait to see where this journey takes us!

Anna-Christina and Adie Hardy working at the studio on Music Audio Stories image
Making Music

As we mentioned on the About Our Stories page, one of the things that makes our audio stories special from others you may have heard, is the strong themed original classical music behind the narration. Unlike other audio books, the music 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 audio book. Most of the scores are orchestral based but at times we include other instruments, such as guitars, banjo and drums. Our audio books also introduce a variety of music genres, styles and instruments to children.

Songs feature in most of our stories to aid with the lessons being taught. Songs in our stories have been described as “insanely contagious”.

Producing Sound Effects

Sound Effects really add to the atmosphere of each adventure and we strive to create movement as much as possible. We include traditional Foley methods. Not everything you hear is prominent in the mix of our audio books, so there are a few more subtle Sound Effects in the background to listen out for.

We have stories that feature the sounds of New York City, villages, forests, farms, Space and even an Ice Hockey game! This aspect of the creation process is real fun and stretches us to use our imagination. Often we look around the studio for unusual objects to create sounds.

Writing Stories
Each story has an original theme. They are educational and instil positive messages. We have a number of stories tailored for different seasons throughout the year. The stories are ambitious, highly engaging and every scene is filled with wonderfully detailed observations. We write uplifting stories that inspire children to follow their dreams and never give up on the goals they want to achieve.
Inventing Characters
All of our characters are based on insects and animals and their adventures. The narration is voiced by the author Anna-Christina and is in perfect phrasing with the music. Most of the characters’ voices we do ourselves but we are fortunate enough to have special guests do voice-overs for us every now and then. They include talented actors from TV, film, theatre and musicians. Characters really come to life when the actors voice them.

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