As far as I have heard, you are not only very active in the audiobook sector, you have even founded your own publishing house. Can you tell us something about that?
I am actually one of the very first people in Germany who produced audiobooks in the early ’90s during the first wave. I met a producer back then who had imported the whole concept from England — the format was called "talking books" if I remember correctly — and then asked me if we could produce something like that in my studio. That's how the first series was created, with narrators like Uli Wickert, who was still a newsreader at the time, or illustrious guests like Joachim Witt ("Der goldene Reiter" ed.). At that time, of course, we still recorded everything on 1/4-inch tape. When the real audiobook boom began, I was already out again — which was a real shame in hindsight! But my passion for it never really died. Later on, I worked as a service provider for larger publishing houses for a long time, as they gradually added an audio division to their portfolio. At some point I received an inquiry as to whether we could compose and produce the music for an audiobook by Cornelia Funke. This was about the "Reckless" series, the fourth volume of which will be released in November 2020. In the end, there was a lot of gloomy cello music and after the audiobook was released, we even had public readings where we could perform the music live. This was also what led to us getting to know Cornelia a little bit better and, what’s more, the period when we received the nicest compliment of all time; she came up to us after a performance and told us that when she first heard our music, she already had the feeling that we had understood her book better than she had. Since then this has developed into a real friendship and to us wanting to produce more audiobooks together in the future. This is what we are investing a lot of time and effort into doing now and, more recently, also from our own publishing house called "Atmende Bücher".