1. How important music is to you when reading a story?
If I had to rate the importance on a scale from 1 to 10, then it’s a solid 8. While it’s not essential, I much rather read stories which include sound effects and music.
2. Do you think it is equally important in all stories and genres?
Of course. Using the appropriate background music and sound effects during scenes can give the reader the right vibes and enhance their reading experience, which eventually helps them connect to the story emotionally.
Writing a drama with deep meaning? Include progressive calm / melancholic music.
Writing a romantic love story? Include tender / sweet music.
Writing a silly comedy? Include whimsical / humorous music and sounds.
Writing a fantasy? Include ethereal / mystical music and sounds.
Writing an intense thriller or horror? Include spooky / tense music and sounds.
3. Is it always a plus to set a scene?
3.a Have you ever found yourself truly amazed by the way an author used music?
I have, numerous times. It contributed a lot to the story progression and helped me connect with the important moments.
3.b Have you ever found yourself annoyed by the way it was implemented?
I have a couple times as well. Sometimes the used music doesn’t correspond to the scene’s happenings or events, for example when an uplifting music is used in a sad scene and vice versa. If that’s the case, I mute the sound and try to enjoy the story without it, though it’s a shame.
4. If you are a writer, do you add music to your stories?
I do. I find it fun to experiment with different music and sound combinations in various scenes.
4.a Do you use music throughout the whole episode, or only in some specific scenes?
I try to find as much corresponding music as there is in the portal and if I don’t, I use the next most appealing one to the scene. Of course small breaks in between are also a big contribution to the variety of the sounds and music a writer uses.
4.b Honestly, how much time does it take to you to choose a decent music that actually fits the scene you are working on?
That depends. While I sometimes already know which background music will fit a scene perfectly and know it by heart, other times I need another good look on the list to find “the one”.
5. Any favourite and/or hated Episode music?
Some of my personal favourites are the following:
- music_teenangst (y tho Episode)