My life is music. Since I was a child, I played and listened to music. At college, I studied music. I listen to it as often as possible. Music is my best friend. I also love to write, not music but words. And as a writer, I love reading. The two go hand-in-hand.
Livescribe makes a unique pen that allows you to record audio while taking notes. This is great for students who need to take notes during lectures and for business people during meetings. The unique aspect about this process is that the audio is synced to the words. Tap the pen on any word, image, or doodle and you can hear the audio that was recorded at that moment.
This technology can also be useful to create soundtracks for books. Imagine syncing music that helps tell the story. You click on a word and hear music as it relates to the story at that time. Here is an example.
It was a Saturday morning unlike any other Saturday morning. I began the day at my favorite coffee shop reading the news. The sounds of Georg Matthias Monn’s Cello Concerto in G Minor accompanied my morning ritual. Although the concerto’s key is minor, the music sounds quite happy and energetic.
If this were a LiveScribe Pencast (the name that the company calls the integration of notes and audio) you could tap any word with the LiveScribe pen and hear the music at that moment in the story. You could add recorded dialogue, sound effects, and other audio media to enhance the story. This technology can create an enjoyable and rich reading experience. Anyone can read and listen to a Pencast. Each Pencast is a PDF file.
Pencasts can also be beneficial for understanding instructions. Click on words to hear additional explanations to help you set up your computer system or other piece of technology.
Adding multimedia to books is not a new idea. Links and touchscreen technology can also provide books with soundtracks. The beauty of Livescribe’s solution? It is an easy technique.