How Music Works by David Byrne

Thursday, October 18, 2012


'David Byrne's detailed theories on how the medium shapes the music fascinate'

'Ever against the grain, the now 60-year-old Byrne explores a whole symphony of argument in this extraordinary book with the precise, technical enthusiasm you'd expect from the painfully bright art school-educated son – born in Scotland, raised in the States – of an electrical engineer, occasionally mopping his fevered brow in the crestfallen manner of a 19th-century poet. The title is perfectly chosen. Music doesn't just work because of its effect on the senses; every aspect of its sound and construction has an emotional impact, right up to the way it's distributed, even marketed, and the machines on which it's consumed. It's fascinating'. Mark Ellen.

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