11 December 2015
My novel Earworm, a technothriller about the music business, features the band University of Death. Led by the charismatic and eccentric Dove, the band is struggling to survive as its fame and audience are in decline. I had a lot of fun writing about the UoD concert, where my goal was to capture the electricity of a live performance and give readers a hint of the band's sound that they could flesh out with their own imagination. One of the nice things about the book is that everyone will have a different idea of what the band sounds like.
I have, however, made a short track to help promote the book in which you can hear "University of Death" soundchecking at their Berlin concert, which is mentioned in the book. I put it together using some sample-based music software when the book was first published a few years ago, and thought I'd share it again now. It originally appeared on Dove's MySpace page, back when MySpace was the next big thing for bands. Now, I've uploaded it to my SoundCloud page. I've enabled it for download too, so you can add it to your iPod and playlists, and I've embedded it below so you can play it without leaving this page.
Earworm is available to order now in print and on Kindle from Amazon worldwide. It makes a great gift for a musician or music fan, so if you're looking for something a bit different to give this Christmas, I hope you'll take a look at it. You can read a sample of the book on the Amazon website, and read the rave reviews from music magazines here.