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on August 16, 2014

Music

I started reading the amazing How Music Works by David Byrne (yes, the same David Byrne that was in Talking Heads) last night and it’s absolutely fascinating. I find myself having to read some paragraphs two or three times so that I can absorb their meaning fully. There’s a short, but very interesting section where he discusses how birds and whales have had to adapt their calls to reflect changes in their environment, and how the disappearance of a species can leave a sonic gap in the environmental orchestra for that particular area.

There’s also a discussion of the making of the video for Once in a Lifetime, where Byrne describes working with choreographer Toni Basil – yes, the Hey Mickey Toni Basil, and paring down the movements and gestures used in the video. Naturally, after reading that I had to go and watch the video again, more than once.

A book to be treasured, and one I would definitely recommend. David Byrne’s other books – The Bicycle Diaries and Arboretum, are also worth checking out.

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