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Robert & Johnson

A Space adventure with a cheerful song. This story teaches children about our Solar System in an easy and fun way.

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Robert and Johnson is an epic Space adventure! Adie and I collaborated on the score and ended up with an expansive psychedelic space theme. None of the orchestral instruments we normally use are in this particular section of music and we strived to make the piece as atmospheric as possible.

The lead characters for this story were inspired by the actors who play them. We recorded their voice-overs at the same time, which was a great deal of fun. They also co-wrote the song they sing together and played their own instruments.

The alien's voice was a real challenge for us because we both had no idea how it should sound! Cormac did an excellent job in shaping the character's voice and it worked extremely well with the script. Book Details

Character voices:

  • Aris Tsigaras - Robert the bear
  • Aaron John - Johnson the badger
  • Cormac McCoy - Bowda the alien
Aris Tsigaras recording the voice of Robert in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories
Aris Tsigaras recording the voice of Robert in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories
Aaron John recording the voice of Johnson in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories

Aris and Aaron recording the voices of Robert and Johnson.

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories

Discussing how their lines fit together in the script.

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in audiobook Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure by Music Audio Stories
The script for the story and a photo of the Solar System with microphones in the studio image

And that's a wrap!

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording guitar and banjo for their song in the studio
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording guitar and banjo for their song in the studio
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording guitar and banjo for their song in the studio

Aris and Aaron writing their song in the studio.

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording guitar and banjo for their song in the studio
Aaron John recording banjo for Robert & John's song in the studio
Aris Tsigaras recording guitar for Robert & John's song in the studio

Having fun recording guitar and banjo for their song.

Educational Elements and Teaching

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Music Audio Stories are fun as well as educational. This audiobook is a great way for children to learn about our Solar System. One of the best Story Time sessions I've had was at Gower House School. In one day I literally taught and made 84 children smile and laugh with Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure! It was AWESOME! 😀 I had five groups, including a group of 5-6, and 6-7 year old.

I was completely out of my comfort zone because I mostly do groups of 2-4 year old. I made a great lesson plan to accommodate the older children and printed out a poster. They had already learned things about the planets but it made me very happy that I could teach them a few more things which they didn't know and the teachers were pleased. Their drawings were brilliant, look here: 5-6yrs Gallery / 6-7yrs Gallery.

Behind The Scenes

Below you will find video footage of Adie creating the Sound Effects for the Spaceship and background sounds in the space theme. There's also a funny video of Aris and Aaron creating their song together at the studio with Adie.

Feedback

Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure has not only impressed teachers, but reviewers also. With a 5 Star Rating, Kathryn Svendsen wrote a fantastic review of the story in her blog Shelf Full of Books and made the audiobook one of her 'All-time favourite children’s books of 2015'! 🌠

Book Room Reviews highly recommends this audiobook and Dawn Heslin from Bound4Escape also has lovely things to say about it.

💜 Anna-Christina

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