How Music Works

How Music Works

How Music Works is David Byrne?s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Acting as historian an How Music Works is David Byrne?s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking...

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Title:How Music Works
Author:David Byrne
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Genres:Music
ISBN:How Music Works
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:345 pages pages

How Music Works Reviews

  • Christopher
    Sep 12, 2012
    As much as I am a fan of Talking Heads and David Byrne, when he wrote a book about bicycling a couple of years ago, I picked it up but I didn't get very far. Not a big fan of bicycles. But I am a big fan of music. So when David Byrne writes a book explaining music, I AM THERE. This ...
  • Chris
    Jan 31, 2014
    This book fails to live up to its title, and indeed to the name of its author, who's musical career might lead you to expect that he has some interesting insight into the question of how music works. What you get instead is a cursory and unfocused ramble through recent history of mu...
  • Nicole
    Jan 03, 2013
    You should see my copy of this book - so many little flags to remind me to go back and check something out again!! Really enjoyable read for me, particularly the first six chapters (Creation in Reverse, My Life in Performance, Technology Shapes Music: Analog and Digital, In the Recordi...
  • Josh
    Oct 29, 2017
    This was good! David Byrne takes a comprehensive, largely pragmatic survey of all aspects of music. He spends a lot of time refuting musical/artistic myths. For example, he definitely doesn't think music is made by inspired geniuses. It comes from hard work and practice. And more borin...
  • julieta
    Apr 10, 2018
    Una maravilla de libro. De verdad, me gusta mucho más que el anterior, diarios de Bicicleta, me parece que se llamaba. Este es David con todo, y eso que no puedo decir que he seguido su carrera, aunque siempre he admirado su capacidad para hacer tantas cosas distintas, arte, performan...
  • Alan
    May 06, 2018
    David Byrne's How Music Works was a perfect book for me to take traveling?dense with information, observations and concrete advice, all organized in manageable sections and copioiusly illustrated. Byrne delivers most handsomely on his title's promise: these essays are nothing less th...
  • Jud Barry
    Dec 20, 2012
    Byrne gives us his take on music in a style that is very pleasant, straightforward, and conversational. He comes across as someone whose wide-ranging, collaborative experience and creative intelligence combine with an everyday kind of modesty in a way that allows you to imagine you cou...
  • Marvin
    Dec 02, 2013
    I expected ex-Talking Heads front man and eclectic solo artist David Byrne would have some interesting things to say about music. But I was impressed by the scope and range of How Music Works. Byrne covers nearly every aspect of creating and enjoying music from the first steps of compo...
  • Denis
    May 05, 2018
    Absolutely fantastic read. Byrne has done a great service here. Whether or not you are a musician, care about David Byrne or the Talking Heads, this well researched and organized work (each chapter clearly focuses on different aspects) will enlighten you in some way or another as to un...
  • Neal
    Sep 08, 2012
    My review for Amazon's Best Books of the Month: It's no surprise that David Byrne knows his music. As the creative force behind Talking Heads and many solo and collaborative ventures, he's been writing, playing, and recording music for decades. What is surprising is how well his voice ...
  • Cheryl
    Jun 02, 2016
    Fascinating. Even though I know nothing about music, not even to know the difference between a chord and a chorus, nor have I been able to either enjoy or appreciate Talking Heads or Byrne's other music, I thoroughly enjoyed most of this book. I do admit to feeling overwhelmed enough, ...
  • yh
    Sep 09, 2013
    I've loved the music of Talking Heads for a long time, so when I first heard about this book, I made sure to file it away so that I could read it. I finally did, and I'm really glad that David Byrne wrote this book. This isn't really a memoir, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather...
  • Patrick
    Nov 29, 2012
    An uneven, often enjoyable, but ultimately disappointing read. My disappointment stems?as, I'm sure, will most readers' interest in the first place (mine included)?from my deep admiration and subsequent expectations of David Byrne. In the acknowledgments at the end of the book, Byr...
  • Loring Wirbel
    Dec 31, 2012
    I approached Byrne's latest with a little trepidation, due to a less than stellar NY Times review, and due to the number of people in the music industry (notably his own former bandmates in Talking Heads) who feel somewhat mistreated by Byrne. I was ready to read something that might ...
  • Ben Winch
    Jul 18, 2014
    This is great. Good. Okay. All of the above. It?s unique (so far as I know): its closest relative is probably Miles Davis?s autobiography, or Byrne-friend Brian Eno?s Year With Swollen Appendices. It?s autobiographical, in a strictly professional/artistic sense ? that is, con...
  • Charles
    Nov 14, 2012
    I have been a Talking Heads listener for 30 years. For some reason that escapes me now I began to read How Music Works. To my delight I found it compelling. While much of the text is almost a autobiographical narrative of the creating of Byrne's musical corpus, the role of that narr...
  • Tomas Ramanauskas
    Jul 30, 2017
    David Byrne, a legend, becomes your professor for duration of this book and delivers a fascinating deep dive into the world of music, its hows and whys. He scatters autobiographical experiences amid broadly scoped lecture on the sounds, the formats, the shapes, the evolution, even the ...
  • Pustulio
    Sep 29, 2014
    Si fuera por el contenido este libro tendría sus cinco estrellas. La estrella que le falta es culpa del editor. Byrne lo dice al principio que él no es escritor y que no sabe como acomodar un libro. Pero pues para eso tienes un editor, la única falla que le veo al libro es orden. Br...
  • Anetq
    Mar 21, 2017
    Det er præcis det titlen siger: En minutiøs gennemgang af 'hvordan musik virker' og dermed mener han det hele: hvordan lyd påvirker os, hvor meget kontekst spiller ind, hvordan teknologiudviklingen former musikken, hvordan man skaber musik, samarbejder kreativt, performance, optagel...
  • Elaine
    Jan 12, 2013
    This really was a joy to read. Touching on all aspects (and genres) of music, from how technology shapes our perceptions of what music should be, to what to expect from a recording contract, this book really does cover it all. David Byrne (frontman from Talking Heads), is engaging, ...
  • Vicki
    Jun 06, 2017
    There is a lot of information about musical roots and how musicians worked to perfect their sound according to what worked best with their style. I was fascinated by the facts about the designs of opera houses, concert halls and clubs. There are some entertaining tidbits in this book...
  • Jane
    Nov 21, 2012
    I LOVED this. Devoured it. Byrne is incisive and articulate and offers new way of seeing (and hearing) music. I do a good deal of business writing and no longer often find myself on fire to get something written down, but from the start of this book I was itching to tie Byrne's ideas o...
  • Martin Hernandez
    Dec 13, 2015
    La música de TALKING HEADS nunca me llamó mucho la atención, de hecho, no tengo uno solo de sus discos en mi colección, y tampoco sabía que David BYRNE es/era el genio creativo detrás de esa banda. Compré el libro porque me gusta la música, el título despertó mi curiosidad...
  • ΠανωςΚ
    Oct 22, 2017
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  • Tim F. Van der Mensbrugghe
    Feb 25, 2018
    Na dit boek luistert ge met des te meer verwondering naar muziek, en beseft ge: muziek gaat niet over de songschrijver, of de muzikanten die spelen, noch over de luisteraar. Het gaat over ons allemaal, als mensen. Er valt niet aan te ontsnappen, want zelfs onze taal is muzikaler dan we...
  • Darwin8u
    May 26, 2015
    ?But at times words can be a dangerous addition to music ? they can pin it down. Words imply that the music is about what the words say, literally, and nothing more... ? David Byrne, How Music Works ...If done poorly, they can destroy the pleasant ambiguity that constitu...
  • Al Young
    Feb 10, 2018
    I love, love, love Byrne's books. Whenever, I read negative reader reviews, it's usually because they are expecting something else. Indeed, there are people more qualified to write a book called "How Music Works"- music historians, sound engineers, social scientists, linguists, and...
  • Wilbert Herzog
    May 30, 2018
    In my very long list of hundreds of books and magazines i've read to the topic of (mostly) popular, modern music this book will be on top and always be a favorite. Not only because David Byrne, the leader of one of the most interesting bands of the New Wave - Era is the author, but als...
  • Bezimena knjizevna zadruga
    Mar 25, 2018
    Samouveren, gotovo pretenciozan poduhvat. Poku?ati pisati o muzici. Sistemati?no, sre?eno, racionalno. Ma ikako pisati o muzici. O muzici se ne pi?e, recimo. O na?inu kako i za?to nastaje, kako putuje i deluje naro?ito. A opet, ?itanje koje jo? uvek traje me uveava da su sve...
  • Justin Walshaw
    Jan 14, 2018
    And yet, I still can't play the trombone ...