How Music Works (Paperback)

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Former Talking Head frontman David Byrne takes readers on a panoramic yet personal journey through music as an artform, an experience, and a product, hitting upon music hall architecture, digital technology, studio experimentation, stage performance, songwriting, corporate music biz, psycho-acoustics, and the psychology of listening and fandom. Unique and essential for music lovers! 

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How Music Works
is David Byrne’s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of knowledge to explore the panoptic elements of music, how it shapes the human experience, and reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life. Byrne’s magnum opus uncovers ever-new and thrilling realizations about the redemptive liberation that music brings us all.

About the Author

DAVID BYRNE is an author, a musician, and a filmmaker known for his creative collaborations and work with the Talking Heads. He resides in New York.

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Praise for How Music Works

“Brilliantly original”—The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating” —Booklist

“Extraordinary” —The Guardian

“Dazzling”—The Onion A.V. Club

“Essential”—The San Francisco Chronicle

“Absorbing”—The Independent

Product Details
ISBN: 9780804188937
ISBN-10: 0804188939
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English