ERIC Number: ED393455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Art and Science of Audio Book Production.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
The diverse skills and technologies necessary to achieve high levels of artistic and technical quality in audio book production are called audio book art and science. This document explains the principles of audio book art and science and is divided into three sections: "Communication Art in Audio Book Production,""Science in Audio Book Production," and "Position Descriptions for Audio Book Production Staff." The first section focuses on narration as a communication art. Voice, speech, language, and narration skill are highlighted as the primary components of narration. The physical, mental, and artistic enhancing factors of narration are described and the importance of correct pronunciation is noted. A list of criteria for evaluating an audio book original master recording follows. The next section discusses narration and host environments, ideal ventilation and quality of lighting, and specifications for original master recordings and running masters (composite recordings made from two consecutive original masters). Examples of quality assurance and quality control methods are also provided. The last section describes the purpose, amount of supervision received, requirements, and responsibilities for the narrator, monitor, and reviewer. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.