Sandblast Productions Makes Musical Magic With Thomsen/Scott Productions for New "Little Women" and "Cuckoo’s Nest" Audiobooks

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Sandblast Productions Produces Audiobook Music for the 50th Anniversary Edition of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" Narrated by John C. Reilly and Classics Deluxe Edition of "Little Women" Narrated by Christina Ricci

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"Loren Toolajian of Sandblast Productions takes my ideas, expands them, refines them, and turns them into perfect pieces of underscoring. In my business, that's magic," says audiobook producer Kevin Thomsen.

Ken Kesey’s novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" has been produced as a play, a movie that won Jack Nicholson an Oscar, and most recently as an Earphones-Award-winning audiobook featuring Oscar nominee John C. Reilly as its narrator. Audiofile Magazine called it "a performance to be remembered." The classic novel "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott – with five feature film versions – features audiobook narration by Emmy nominee Christina Ricci.

Both audiobooks were produced by Thomsen/Scott Productions with music composed by Sandblast Productions. While movie soundtracks are linked to the images on the screen, audiobook soundtracks link to images in the reader’s imagination. Grammy winner Kevin Thomsen is known for creating the sonic atmosphere from sound effects to music that enhance an audiobook’s narration.

Thomsen worked in collaboration with Sandblast Productions music composer Loren Toolajian on "Cuckoo’s Nest" and "Little Women." Thomsen and Toolajian have previously worked together on audiobooks by Ricky Martin, Run DMC, Randy Jackson, Denis Leary, Frank Bruni, and Chaz Bono.

"On every dramatic project including audiobooks, I try to create music that helps convey the emotional truth of the moment. In both of these books, there are moments of great humor and sorrow, so the music has to speak to both of those. You have to find the truth of the interaction between the music and the words," says Loren Toolajian.

"Working with Loren is deeply collaborative. A wonderful back and forth. I'm no musician, which makes what he does seem like magic. Loren takes my ideas, expands them, refines them, and turns them into perfect pieces of underscoring. In my business, that's magic," says Kevin Thomsen.

When director Kevin Thomsen and composer Loren Toolajian work together they establish a main theme. Then typically Thomsen will select several "cues" – places where he feels music will enhance a romantic, melancholy, or other dramatic moment. With "Cuckoo’s Nest," a cello and an American Indian flute create the mood. In "Little Women" they sought a more “music in the parlor room” atmosphere.

"Adding music touches the listener’s emotions and deepens the experience - it illuminates the narration. The important thing is that it should not be too forward or too much – it should just sneak in. The music helps tie the book together," says Thomsen.

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