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How Music Works by David Byrne

How Music Works (original 2012; edition 2012)

by David Byrne (Author)

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The Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads presents a celebration of music that offers insight into the roles of time, place and recording technology, discussing how evolutionary patterns of adaptations and responses to cultural and physical contexts have influenced music expression throughout history and culminated in the 20th century's transformative practices.… (more)
Title:How Music Works
Authors:David Byrne (Author)
Info:McSweeney's (2012), 352 pages
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How Music Works by David Byrne (2012)


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David Byrne, formerly of the band Talking Heads, explores what music is, how it's created, its function for humans, and the business of recording and sharing it.

The practical music business chapters were informative and could be useful, though they sometimes leaned a bit too far into the music autobiography category. But I really enjoyed the musings on the nature of music - why it gets composed in certain ways, how we listen to it, how it differs across cultures - even if they were occasionally disjointed and vague. ( )
  rhowens | Nov 26, 2019 |
David Byrne does a fantastic job of tackling how music works, from composition, to live gigs, to producing, to physics. It's a fantastic and really easy read. His style is incredibly personal and some of the things he talks about are mind blowing.

Would definitely recommend. ( )
  simonspacecadet | Jul 29, 2018 |
How Music Works is as detailed and as well organized as you’d expect from a book written by a (self diagnosed) Aspergian. Actually, it's not so much a 'book' as it is a collection of essays that cover a wide array of topics relating to the mechanics and aesthetics of music plus some history of the Talking Heads and the NYC club scene of the early 80's. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
Byrne truly covers every aspect of the title in this book - from the hard science, to the social science, to the history, to the business of music. And he does it in a very down-to-earth way. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jan 29, 2016 |
A wonderful book about pretty much every aspect of music and the music business. One strange thing though: Byrne numerous times during the book talks about money and whether he made enough in a certain year or on a certain project to get by, and another time he talks about the "1 percent" who fund opera and symphonies and how 'we' aren't part of that, or some such. Hmmm. Unless he made some very grave financial errors during his life, he is a many times over multi-millionaire, and is an entrenched part of the 1%, whether he likes it or not. Regardless, a great book! ( )
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