Music Audio Stories challenge my skills, not just as a composer but as a sound engineer, editor, and sound designer.
Most of the music is orchestral based but sometimes, other instruments are included, such as guitars, banjo, and drums. Music Audio Stories introduce a variety of music genres, styles, and instruments to children. I'm an adaptive musician and the process of making music for my stories has allowed me to be expansive. I love to explore the crossing and merging of genres and styles of music. I'm good at orchestrating but I like to experiment with other types of sounds too.
One of the particular skills I have is the ability to tell a story within the music I compose. Being a songwriter gives me an insight into how to lift a lyric, or in this case, a story to another level in atmosphere and emotion. Speaking of songwriting, this skill I have is extremely useful for Music Audio Stories!
The first song I wrote in an audiobook was the pirate's song in Johnny No Cash. I do feel however, my songwriting skills were already evident in my first story March of The Ants as it is told in a sort of rhyming styling throughout! As I wrote more audiobooks, I started to write more songs in the stories. Songs are a great way to teach children as they love to sing along.
I hope to produce my own song CD one day! Watch this space...