How Music Works
By David Byrne
(McSweeney's Books, Hardcover, 9781936365531, 352pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
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Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patternsand 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 music's liberating, life-affirming power.