Smiles all round at Gallo-Romano Media

We received a lovely email today from the author of “101 Tips on How To Be A Bouncer” – Mr Darren Lee.  He has now received his finished audiobook – narrated by our very own Oscar Sparrow and seems very pleased with the result.

Not being shy about blowing our own trumpet… we our proud to share his testimonial with you:

 101 How To be a Bouncer audiobook cover (1)“When I first decided to seek auditions for my book, 101 Tips on How to Be a Bouncer: Techniques to Handle Situations Without Violence, into an audiobook I really had no idea what to expect. I knew I wanted a British accent which was refined, yet had a bit of an edge. Some of the auditions missed the point completely and others sounded like they had been recorded in a garbage can outside a nightclub. I had just about given up entirely when along came Oscar Sparrow of Gallo-Romano Media with a short audition piece that seemed to perfectly duplicate what I wanted, plus adding a certain quality to his product which only comes from years of experience and dedication. In short, to say I am happy with the audiobook is an understatement. For Oscar, his work isn’t just a churn and burn to make a quick buck. He is VERY good at what he does, it certainly shows in his work and I would have no hesitation recommending him to prospective audiobook producers in the future!”

Thanks Darren! Needless to say… we are all walking round with big grins on our faces.

Listen to 101 Tips…

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Great news, the audiobook for Darren Lee’s 101 TIPS ON HOW TO BE A BOUNCER is now finished and is available FREE with every Kindle copy purchased.

You can find the book and audiobook here

It  lasts around two and a half hours and was recorded by Oscar Sparrow, in his firm but friendly South-London accent.

 

You can find out what Oscar thinks about the book and also hear an audio sample on Emma Calin’s blog where he is doing a guest post today. 

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The Gentleman And The Rogue – Recording The Audiobook Right Now

The Gentleman and The RogueWe are in the process of recording an historical romance with a twist!  The Gentleman and The Rogue by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon is period erotic romance and our first m/m gay audiobook.

With over 670 ratings on Goodreads and 5 star ratings on Amazon we knew we were in for an interesting story and we were not disappointed. It is a cracking mystery adventure with an evil villain, a noble quest, forbidden love, passion and romance all developed in a fast moving plot.

The recording has been a challenge as the authors requested that the Gentleman should have an upper class accent and the Rogue, as a young cockney sparrow should sound as if he comes from a lower class London background.  This seemed very reasonable and the authors loved the audition we sent them.

When we read through the book before starting the recording we then discovered that there are actually 15 other characters plus the narrator  – a young girl, servants, footmen, landlords, a doctor and a magistrate to name a few!  We have had a lot of fun placing all their accents and characters – and even more fun keeping track of them so that when they appear at different times in the book they are consistent.  All in a day’s work for narrators and editors!

The main audio is now almost complete.  Then it’s over to the editor for processing and checking.  This audiobook will probably last over 9 hours when it’s complete so it takes many hours of painstaking work to edit it all together, get rid of any strange noises (tummy rumbles before lunch and ‘oinks’ after!) as well as final polishing to blend it all together.

If you need to read it before the audiobook is out (end of May 2013) you can find it by clicking here: The Gentleman And The Rogue on Amazon Worldwide  (NB. Explicit erotic content).

New Audiobook Bouncing Along Nicely…

We are pleased to announce that we recently fought off the competition and snatched the contract to create a most unusual audiobook for Mr Darren Lee.

He works in the security sector and is a successful trainer. He has written a great manual for nightclub workers and security managers which is available on Kindle.  Having an audiobook would provide another medium to deliver his message and reinforce his training program.

The author felt that  British English would suit the subject – in particular a London accent with a bit of an edge.  Who better than our Oscar Sparrow to audition for this role?  Darren liked Oscar’s chatty, informative style and common touch and awarded us the contract to record and produce his audiobook.  We have recorded the text – it is now in final polish and production phase and we expect it to be finished by the end of April.

The title of the book?

“101 Tips On How To Be A Bouncer”

101 Tips

You can find this book in the mean time in Kindle format on Amazon worldwide

Escape To Love – The Audiobook

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Escape To Love is supplied with an eighty minute audiobook – recorded by the author, Emma Calin.

The great news is that you get this audiobook FREE when you buy the e-book on Amazon. There is a secret URL in the Kindle version that you use to access the MP3 file.iPods escape to love

You can then play the audiobook on your computer, or indeed any MP3 device – including the Kindle if you wish.  Did you know that you can play any MP3 format audio on your Kindle?  At the moment the easiest way to do this is using the USB lead connected between your Kindle and the computer where the MP3 file is saved – just copy it across to the Music Folder and play!

As a special treat, here is an excerpt from Emma’s audiobook:

 

 

Find Escape To Love on Amazon Worldwide 

Freeze Frame Poetry Anthology – Music Reveal

Isabelle Fuller

Thank you for the music

As the date for the launch of the Freeze Frame Poetry Anthology approaches (Friday 21st Dec!), Oscar Sparrow interviews the composer of the original music used on the audio album….

One of the huge number of things about which I know nothing is music. My mother was a singer who could not believe her genes carried the recessive potential for a tone deaf croaking sparrow. After all, she had specifically ordered a nightingale.

Fortunately, I am surrounded by talent. One of the requirements for the music track was that it contained a variety of themes with changes of pace and melody. It is surprisingly difficult to commission original work.  I approached Izzy, who composed and played the theme for “I Threw A Stone” and she agreed to give it a try. We had a long session of reading the poems and she took them away to get a feel for the individual poets. Although the music track is a continuous piece in its own right, the mandate was to create moods and reflections complimentary to the audio tracks. Obviously the music speaks for itself but I had a chat with her shortly before its goes live.

You have worked on a couple of projects for us before. How did this job feel?

It was a huge leap of difficulty. I wrote and played the flute track on “Where is God” by Jo VonBargen the fabulous American poet. (You just have to hear her read her work – it’s a thrill it really is, She opened me up to poetry power). I did the same with the piano theme for Oscar’s book but Freeze Frame was something much more complex. I spent a lot of time thinking about the different themes. Because I had access to the audio tracks I could feel my way into the atmosphere of what I wanted to do.

I was out shopping and saw you on a poster as a star flautist at a concert. Which is your preferred instrument? 

The piano allows me to compose and I can just play without accompaniment. I get more chances to perform with the flute. The piano is more versatile and has a ready depth that you need for composition.

I have no idea what it feels like to compose music. Can you tell me?

It’s a great feeling to get the idea out of my heart and into my fingers. It doesn’t really feel like an idea in my head – thoughts are more like words somehow. Music is something fluid you tap into. It’s not like thinking at all, its like skating or dancing – it happens inside you and you express it without knowing how or where its going exactly. You need technical information about harmonies and such like but it is a marvellous sense of freedom.

In this case did you have a starting point?

Only the tradition of everything that anyone has ever composed. There’s a lot of music written around individuals, physical themes and other art forms. Any composer feels humbled by it. There are pieces like Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, The Planets, the whole book of ballet music and pieces like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that I saw in Disney’s Fantasia 2000 when I was a very little girl. I think it changed me! I know composers are supposed to be highbrow but my first awareness of music was from Barbie cartoon movies which featured classical ballet.  You never feel you can do anything like that but it’s still in me  to do what I can. I just have to.

What’s next?

I’ve enjoyed working to a theme and I have an idea beginning along those lines. I can’t really express it yet. I’ve sent the project down into my heart to warm up and get some feeling. It’s like……. waiting for springtime now….

Favourite film and favourite song?

You’re going to laugh at me. My film would be “The Page Turner” which is about a psychotic sadistic pianist. I’m afraid my favourite song  is “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. I know its far older than me but that guitar riff takes me somewhere sublime. I think they’re for old rocker guys. Do you think I’m normal?

I’m actually more worried about the psychotic pianist. Gallo-Romano don’t pay much!

It’s always a pleasure to work with Izzy because she does the work. That’s the way I like it.

So- here it is, the music that will buffer between the poets. It will play in its entirety at the end of the book. As an update I can say that we are on target for the e book with audio launch on 21st December. The “real” paper book will follow in the New Year.

Guys – it’s good.

In case you missed it here is the soundcloud music link.