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How Music Works

How Music Works
David Byrne

October 7th, 2012

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Released: 2012-09-12

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How Music Works by David Byrne


How Track Works is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime enthusiastic about. In it he explores how profoundly song is shaped by using its time and position, and he explains how the appearance of recording technology in the twentieth century ceaselessly modified our relationship to playing, performing, and paying attention to music.

Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns—and displays how those patterns have affected his own work through the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees song as part of a bigger, virtually Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and bodily context. His vary is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest highschool reel-to-reel recordings to his newest work in a house song studio (and all of the large studios in between).

Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the trade of creating track, How Track Works is a brainy, irresistible journey and an impassioned argument about track’s releasing, lifestyles-declaring power.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: It's no surprise that David Byrne knows his song. As the inventive power behind Talking Heads and lots of solo and collaborative ventures, he's been writing, enjoying, and recording track for many years. What’s surprising is how smartly his voice interprets to the web page. On this broad-ranging, sometimes autobiographical diagnosis of the evolution and inside workings of the tune industry, Byrne explores his own deep curiosity in regards to the “patterns in how music is written, recorded, disbursed, and acquired.” He’s an opinionated and smartly-skilled tour guide, and the resulting essays–on subject matters from rockers' garments to the role of the turntable, live performance tiers to recording studios–will give you a wholly new viewpoint on the complicated trip a tune takes from conception to your iPod. —Neal Thompson

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Writer: David Byrne Writer: McSweeney's Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 352

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