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Sounds of...stuff.

Audio recording is part of my life. I've been doing it since I was a kid, and still have the cassette tapes to prove it. Throughout all of those, it's interesting hearing yourself and others grow up, how the voice has changed, and hearing how different you sound compared to the way you think you sound. My theory on what makes an effective narrator/VO artist is that you can "hear" what you sound like in real life vs. what you hear in your head. I figure it makes it easier to modulate your voice, create a sound that's pleasing to (mostly) everyone's ears, and not sound like Elmer Fudd (unless you're trying to).

The dark side of all this is what doesn't make it onto the recording. The stutters, the false starts, the lip smacking, belches, mysterious throat sounds, and the occasional growling belly. The amount of times I've had to stop due to these issues is countless. The mysterious throat sounds are what get me. I'm about ready to speak, then I hear a croak or something akin to a cricket sound in slow motion.

Anyhow, hope everyone's having a great week. Remember to buy the latest book I've narrated, Future Days:


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