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How Music Works

David Byrne

How Music Works

by David Byrne

How Music Works

David Byrne

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Talking Heads singer-songwriter David Byrne takes a deep dive into music, from its history, to its production, to its impact on humanity.

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How Music Works

by David Byrne

How Music Works

David Byrne

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Music is so ingrained in our lives that it's easy to take it for granted. So many factors, from the history of musical instruments to breakthroughs in technology, have shaped how music sounds and how we consume it. The impact music has had and continues to have on our culture is deeply profound.

David Byrne is a Grammy-winning musician, best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of the band Talking Heads. In How Music Works, Byrne forgoes the traditional musician's autobiography, instead choosing to examine how music has evolved and changed humanity.

How Music Works covers an array of music-related topics including the role music has played in different cultures over the years. It also examines the history of music technology and the recording process. Alongside recountings of his own journey as an artist, Byrne discovers how music is shaped and how it shapes us.

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"How music works, or doesn't work, is determined not just by what it is in isolation… but in large part by what surrounds it."

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