Sounds of the Country is a half hour story with 28 featured sounds. Child listeners join Eardrop as he helps 'The Farmer' feed all his animals. This is a lovely story and is very popular with all the preschool age groups and older children too. Today I am sharing with you the process of producing 'Sounds of the Country'. This was the title I recorded first, and I was fine tuning the look and feel of Eardrops at the same time. It was an exciting and challenging few months!
Creating the farm 'soundscape' was great fun. Luckily my brother Dave happens to be a farmer in Northland, New Zealand, so his farm, and his mate's farm down the road, were our main recording bases. My cousin who happens to be an amazing Sound Engineer Roj Green and I lucked in on the 'shoot day' with mostly still and sunny weather, and we were able to capture most of the sounds we wanted to.
The animals were so tame on my brother's farm. They came running when they saw us, even carrying all the equipment. You can hear that on the CD, especially the 'cows' track as 400+ cows walked towards us expecting to be given some hay.
And guess what, we even had a little rain shower, right when were near a little tin shed - as if on cue. That rain sounds fantastic on the CD! I had to smile at Roj lying down to record the rain hitting the blades of grass. Sound engineers really are audio wizards.
Once we recorded the field sounds (the animals and other featured sounds), it was time to go into the studio. We created a background, which is a very subtle atmospheric track, which we laid down as the base for the story. Then we arranged the sounds as per my story script - and began the process of editing, re-editing, testing the draft edits on young children, and re-editing again.
When we were sure we had the final script ready it was time to book our voice artists. The amazing Daisy Lawless is the voice of Eardrop. She was brilliant to work with and happy to come into the studio in the evenings to work with us. Daisy's voice has that nice balance between young but not childish. She was 19 when she voiced Sounds of the Country. And guess who scored the role of The Farmer? Roj! He moonlights as a voice artist. I have had many comments about the voices used on all the Eardrops CDs and how gentle and lovely they are.
We mastered Sounds of the Country at 4am a fortnight after the final voice record. It was an incredible moment and a real milestone in the Eardrops journey :-)
"These CDs are amazing - my daughter just loves to listen to her Sounds of the Country one, but it is so damaged now from her hauling it around I have to replace it. What fabulous resources you have created" Robyn, Porirua
Head to the shop to download Sounds of the Country or grab the story on CD.
Thank you for reading! Comments welcome. Liz xx
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