Oh, a new BTS video has just dropped. It was published on Audible’s YT channel and is a little intro into Wanderlust. RA describes his character in the book, Griffin, (first response: rather unusual name for a *British* man, but well), talks about the theme of “language” (communication?) in the book, and about the language of the book itself. There is also a short sequence of RA reading from the book in the recording booth (presumably a simulated scene), and finally RA’s take on how the author has described Paris in the book. See for yourself:
I don’t know about you, but I was almost waiting with bated breath for RA to comment in some way on the nature of the genre.
Alas, no. He’d be too professional for that… I was most interested in the insights into his actual work process. I had noticed in previous pictures from other audio gigs that he reads his text from a tablet. I found that surprising because I know from own experience that you often make notes and annotations when recording – on emphasis, pronunciation, even just where to pause and catch your breath. Tricky bits are often unanticipated, and thus notes often happen only *after* you have read the piece aloud for the first time. Paper is really the easiest medium for that. Drawback in a studio context: The sound of paper shuffling. So an e-reader/iPad is a better alternative – yet how do you make notes on the screen. (It’s possible via picture mark-up on photos, of course, but does that work on a long text???) Anyway, looking over his shoulder in this little clip, you can catch a glimpse of his tablet screen – and there are little marks visible in the text.
Anyway, that’s obviously just me having my own particular interest in the technical aspect of recording. I’m sure there are a lot of other things to be discussed about his little interview.
Anyway, I think I might get my Wanderlust going this afternoon then, checking whether RA cuts it as 35-yo Griffin.
Just kidding – I’m sure he cuts it nicely…