Recently, I came across a small article about Booktrack, a platform that offers “soundtracks for books.” I haven’t used it yet, but I’m intrigued. It’s a service that offers tools to add music, ambient sounds, and sound effects to accompany a story, a book, or other text. It’s touted as a way to bring a book to life, enhance the reading experience, and provide a more immersive story world. It’s being marketed not just to writers wanting to add a dimension to the text but to, say, teachers who want to engage kids more in the classroom, etc. A lot of its options are offered for free upfront, but I’m sure it’ll be more purchase-based depending on how much you use it and what you use it for. Here’s a quick video that gives you a better idea of what it’s like.
Now, I’ve bought books where they actually include a CD with it to be listened to while reading. I hear plenty of authors talk about the types of music they listen to during different writing stages. I also know that I tend to veer toward certain styles of music depending on what scene I’m working on–such as more sweeping movie scores for fight scenes, versus ambient music during dialogue-heavy parts. Should writers be making more of an effort to suggest the sounds and music readers hear, or should that remain up to the reader’s imagination?
Do you have a book soundtrack, a playlist you turn to for particular genres or specific titles? How about when you’re writing? Does your music differ according to the story or scene, or do you tend to stick to whatever styles are more personally motivating and enjoyable?