Friday, April 13, 2007

Michel Faber on Music and Writing

Michel Faber on music and writing:

When I was writing my Victorian opus, The Crimson Petal And The White, I didn't play 19th-century music to "get me in the mood". I played Miles Davis (his electric funk period), Mahavishnu Orchestra, Transglobal Underground, Severed Heads, Nurse With Wound. I did this not merely because I love this stuff. I did it because I'm wary of filling the air around me with the same ingredients as I'm trying to put into my prose. I don't want to fool myself into thinking I've captured something on the page when, in reality, it's swirling around the room. My most violent, angst-infused prose was written to a soundtrack of happy, serene music. And vice versa.


Jan said...

Interesting Blog, Kate.
Hopefully, I shall call back. Thankyou!

Lesley said...

Great article, Kate - thanks for linking. I think the strangest has to be Jay McInerney's axe. And I have to say, I was surprised and amused to learn that Coupland's was as banal as chocolate.