The problem was that I'm not really an author, I'm a composer. However, I did notice that I like to listen to music while I read, and I thought "hey, I'll make a book with a soundtrack!". My Music Book is the result. The tricky part was getting the music to 'track' what was being read at different rates, so that the sound playing would reflect the text at the appropriate time no matter how quickly the book was being read. I used Phil Burk's JSyn to build an integrated text/music application. The music is algorithmically-generated, running continuously with the text.
What happened after I wrote My Music Book ultimately led to this web site (i.e. putting it all on-line). After attempting in vain to locate a literary agent or publisher willing to try marketing a CD-ROM/book (innumerable happy rejections!), I discovered that I really don't have the drive of an author to keep flogging myself on the "publishing road". Or my prose may be as bad as I fear in my more depressed moments... But I like the music! Honest!
So I decided to put the whole thing on-line, and hopefully a few
more people might enjoy it beyond my immediate set of friends and
family. Unfortunately in its present form, My Music Book
is a fairly substantial download (400+ Mbytes). But heck, these
new-fangled computer networks are getting faster every day.
Ultimately I decided to put a
lot of material
on-line, including My Music Book. In any case, here it is: