Imagine Desert Island Discs for novels – welcome to The Undercover Soundtrack…

Imagine a novel could guest on Desert Island Discs. For those of you receiving outside the UK, Desert Island Discs is an immensely popular and long-running show on BBC Radio 4, where guests are asked to choose pieces of music that form a soundtrack to their lives.

After my recent co-post with Porter Anderson here about undercover soundtracks to our novels, I am excited to announce a series… hosting writers who use music in the creation of their work. They’ll be talking about special pieces that have guided them to a deeper understanding of a character, or have helped to populate a mysterious place, or clarified a particular, pivotal moment. Or anything else music has given their writing – I’m all ears.

And in case you’re curious, here are the Undercover Soundtracks for my own oeuvre. Find Lifeform Three here. And My Memories of a Future Life here.

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  1. #1 by Paul Greci on November 10, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    This sounds interesting, Roz. :-)

    • #2 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on November 10, 2011 - 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Paul – I’ve got some great contributors lined up and can’t wait to see what they write.

  2. #3 by philipparees on August 30, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    This idea really grips me. A s poetic narrator my hope is to convey the experience of particular pieces in words. In ‘A Shadow in Yucatan’ I wrote a storm scene to almost ‘lift’ the storm in Beethoven’s pastoral symphony lock stock an barrel into poetic transliteration. From the responses of readers it seemed to work because it is the scene most commented on. In a current work I have done the same with the late quartets, not one in particular but the collection fragmenting under his deafness and dislocation. I am fascinated to read of others attempting it too, and the different ways they do it.

  3. #5 by chrisnickson2 on May 15, 2014 - 11:24 am

    That’s definitely interesting. I’ve posted a Spotify playlist for one of my books (Emerald City) and there’ll be one for the follow-up next month (West Seattle Blues). Those have a time and place where music is very much part of the story. Most of my writing is historical, however, and music would detract. But I think it definitely has its place, whether in the creation of the book or adding to its atmosphere.

  4. #6 by chrisnickson2 on May 15, 2014 - 11:25 am

    And, in fact, I guess I’ve taken it a step further, as I write the lyrics for a song called West Seattle Blues, which a friend of wine – a cult singer on the US West Coast – recorded, and which will be an extra in the ebook version.

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