About My Stories
Welcome to Music Audio Stories!
My name is Anna-Christina! I am the author, narrator, and creator of Music Audio Stories! My journey began when I teamed up with British music producer Adie Hardy, to help me bring my first few unique audiobooks to life. Whilst working on my first story, I searched online for other audiobooks similar to mine. I couldn’t find any combining original classical music with original children's stories, sound effects, and rhyming styling like mine. I decided to invent my own genre and call my creations ‘Music Audio Stories’!
I have worked with actors and musicians including the Olivier nominated TV and film actor Paul Kaye who was the original Mr Wormwood in Matilda, and Thomas Meadows, who can be found drumming for some of today's biggest artists such as Kylie Minogue. Music Audio Stories requires all of my skills, both as a composer and musician as well as a writer. I want to create audiobooks like no other, like mini-movies, and I love everything to do with music, audio, and stories!
What makes my audiobooks different
One of the things that make my stories special from other audiobooks you may have heard is the strong themed, original classical music behind the narration. Unlike other children's audiobooks, the music continues throughout and is an essential part of the stories. If you listen carefully, you will notice that the music is phrased with the narration and character voices, making the stories almost seem like songwriting rather than your standard audiobook. Most of the scores are orchestral but at times, other instruments, such as electric guitars, banjos and drum kits are included. Music Audio Stories also introduce a variety of music genres, styles and instruments to children. Songs feature in most stories to aid with the lessons being taught. They have been described as “insanely contagious”!
I use Sound effects, traditional Foley methods, and cartoon-style voices combined with panning techniques to create movement in the sound and add to the atmosphere and excitement of each adventure. Not everything you hear is prominent in the mix of my audiobooks. There are a few subtle sounds in the background to listen out for. Try listening to Music Audio Stories with headphones on!
Each story has its own benefits and is tailored towards certain topics and themes. They promote environmental awareness, mindful living, kindness towards animals, and each other. My stories are ambitious, highly engaging and every scene is filled with wonderfully detailed observations. I write uplifting stories that inspire children to follow their dreams and never give up on the goals they want to achieve. All of my characters are based on animals and insects. Most of the characters’ voices are performed by myself or Adie Hardy, but I am fortunate enough to have special guests do voice-overs for me now and then. They include talented actors from TV, film, theatre, and musicians.
Apart from enjoying the stories together with your child, you will find many benefits. My audiobooks enhance mental well-being, build confidence, and develop imagination. They teach your child the importance of friendship, cooperation, tolerance, and team effort with everyone no matter how different they are. They inspire movement, problem-solving, build social skills and promote concentration. They are educational and wonderful for children with impaired vision or vision disabilities.
Your child will learn about animals and insects, colours, numbers, nature, and magic! Each story has excellent lessons that are taught in a fun and simple way. My feedback has shown that children love to hear the stories over and over again, as they discover new things each time they listen.
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