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How Music Works is David Byrnes remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.

Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns—and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between).

Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about musics liberating, life-affirming power.

About the Author

David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins, Byrne lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781938073489
Publisher:
McSweeney's
Subject:
Music : History & Criticism - General
Author:
Byrne, David
Subject:
Music : Business Aspects
Subject:
Music : Ethnomusicology
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120912
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 39 oz

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Ethnomusicology
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Music Business and Songwriting

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