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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.

Robert and Johnson's Space Adventure Cd cover image

Robert and Johnson is an epic 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 at the time 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.

Story Synopsis

There is a forest called Forest Friendly where all of the animals are very good friends but the two best of friends are Robert the brown bear and Johnson the badger. They love to play guitar and banjo and sing cheerful songs. One day, when they are out in the forest playing guitar and banjo, they find a strange round metal object. They climb inside. They don’t know that this is no cave, but a Spaceship! This story includes an original classical soundtrack with a psychedelic space theme and a cheerful song written by the two lead actors..

Story length: 10m44s | Age: 4+

Character voices:

  • Aris Tsigaras as Robert the bear
  • Aaron John as Johnson the badger
  • Cormac McCoy as Bowda the alien
Aris Tsigaras recording the voice of Robert in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image
Aris Tsigaras recording the voice of Robert in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image
Aaron John recording the voice of Johnson in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording the voices of Robert and Johnson.

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording the voices of Robert and Johnson.

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image
Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording in our audio book Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure image
The script for the story and a photo of the Solar System with microphones in the studio image

Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording the voices of Robert and Johnson.

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

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

Educational Elements and Teaching

Music Audio Stories Solar System poster image

Music Audio Stories are fun as well as educational. This story is a great way for children to learn about our Solar System. One of the best Story Times 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 learnt a few 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, have a look here: 5-6yrs Gallery / 6-7yrs Gallery.

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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.

Behind The Scenes

Below you will find video footage of Adie creating the Sound FX of the Spaceship and background sounds in the space theme. There's also a fun video of Aris Tsigaras and Aaron John recording ad-libs for the space scene.

Listen to a sample of the story below

💜 Anna-Christina

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