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Soundtrack for a Book

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Swap Homepage:http://bonjourmiette.blogspot.com/2009/02/soundtrack-to-book-swap.html
Swap Coordinator:bonjourmiette (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Books  Music 
Number of people in swap:10
Location:International
Type:None
Last day to signup/drop:April 30, 2009
Date items must be sent by:May 15, 2009
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

So, this is the first swap I've hosted on Swap-Bot, but I've had the idea for ages, ever since listening to [the real] Tuesday Weld's 'I, Lucifer' album, which happens to be a sort of soundtrack to the book of the same name.

In this swap you will choose a book, preferably one you love enough and know well enough to come up with a soundtrack for it, and you will create a mix CD soundtrack for it. You will then send a copy of the book and the CD to your swap partner. Your soundtrack can be inspired by the characters in the book, it can be songs that the characters listen to or mention in the book, or it can be songs that if you were in charge of making the book into a movie you would but in the soundtrack. Be creative, you don't need to stick to any one genre or even time frame. If you want to read 18th century lit and score it with techno for your update, that's totally cool. For added points, let your partner know about how the songs relate to the book, or which scene a song should play during.

To set an expectation I can see coming up, the book you send does not have to be brand new and in mint condition. You may send a new one if you wish or you may send a pre-loved copy from a used bookstore or your own personal library. However, the book should be in readable condition, no pages falling out or covers falling off.

This swap is about connecting music you love to a book you love and not so much about checking out your partner's profile and picking things in the genres they like, so if you are not open to being sent mixes in a diversity of genres, you've been forewarned. =)

Newbies are welcome, but please have your info filled out and message me about it, or I reserve the right to remove you. Everyone else no no sends and please have 4.8 or over rating.

I've been flaked on in countless mix trades over the years and I know how much it sucks to put in all that work and get nothing back. So while I can't promise that I can angel the book part of the swap (this depends on how many people there are) I can, and will angel the CD portion.

I'm setting the signup out to give people a chance to come up with their books and start thinking of songs.

Also this is open to international, but the books should be in English.

Edit 3 Mar: I've upped the ratings requirement due to concerns about low rated swappers flaking as I agree that the amount of effort means I should try to ensure that no one gets flaked on as best I can from the get-go.

Discussion

Cygni 02/15/2009 #

on my watch list! this could be funny ^_^

maybesomeday 02/15/2009 #

this is a great idea! on my watch list for now.

Erdbeersternchen 02/16/2009 #

Lovely idea, and you even have got a homepage for the swap! I'm defenitely joining, it should be fun.

kath85 02/17/2009 #

I'm watching this swap for now - it's such a creative and fun idea! My only concern is that someone with a 3.5 rating can join, especially since this is a swap that will take a whole lot of work. I would feel a lot more comfortable with a rating restriction of at least 4.5 if not 4.8 or 4.9. I guess I'm starting to feel a little cynical, but it seems there is at least one flaker in almost every swap I've participated in.

TheFallenAngel 02/19/2009 #

I would join, but a swap with others with 3.5 ratings is a bit low for me. 4.8 or 4.9 is better if I have to take all that time, then possibly send overseas.

picxie 02/27/2009 #

mm same here.. LOVE the idea but not sure about the ratings requirement :) will watch and see if host will tighten the reqs a bit

bonjourmiette 03/ 3/2009 #

Actually now that I think about it, you guys are right, the ratings requirement ought to be tighter especially since in my experience Mix CD swaps seem to have the biggest flake out rate because people seem to be all motivated until they have to do it and then they just can't be arsed. So I'm raising the requirement to 4,8 and no no-sends.

JayNizzy 04/19/2009 #

This seems like a lot of fun...just gotta find the right book. Watching for now. :-)

CraftyKat 04/23/2009 #

This is a great idea! There are so many books I could make great soundtracks for! :-)

Robot 04/26/2009 #

this is an outstanding idea! i love it!

bonjourmiette 05/ 1/2009 #

Everyone less than a 5.0 I've reviewed your profiles and in some cases spoken with you about the glitches, and for those still in the swap I feel confident that you're on board and your otherwise perfect histories mean you'll not flake on this swap. So I'll be clicking the assign partners button here in a second.

Everyone just remember if you're going to be delayed in mailing for any reason plesae let your partner know early and keep me posted on it.

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