Listen to a 3,350-song playlist of Haruki Murakami’s personal record collection

It’s the next best thing to being in the Japanese author’s study

The internationally renowned novelist once said, in an interview with The New York Timesthat he has over 10,000 records in his personal collection but is too scared to count.

The music-obsessed author has penned award-winning novels, such as Hear The Wind Sing, A Wild Sheep Chase and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. His novels often used a large range of musical references from the jazz, classical and American pop genres, with many books from his ouevre titled as song references.

His thirteenth novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2013) features perhaps one of his most eloquent passages on the intrinsic link between music and life:

“Our lives are like a complex musical score. Filled with all sorts of cryptic writing, sixteenth and thirty-second notes and other strange signs. It’s next to impossible to correctly interpret these, and even if you could, and could then transpose them into the correct sounds, there’s no guarantee that people would correctly understand, or appreciate, the meaning therein.”

Now, fans can listen to a playlist featuring 3,350 songs from the author’s personal record collection. Listen to the playlist here.

(via Open Culture)