MUSIC NEWS - Update on his February 2010 TED (Technolgy, Entertainment, Design) talk, From David Byrne;
The Venue Makes The Music Creation In Reverse
I was honored to do a TED talk this year back in Feb. It¹s about 18 minutes long and now, today, they are posting it online (see link below). It is also available as a video podcast downloadable free from the itunes store @ itunes.apple.com. I am hooked on watching these podcast versions of their famous talks, which they¹ve had available for a few years now. You can carry them with you and watch an 18 min talk from an array of incredible thinkers (many of whom are pretty well known) whenever you feel like it. Inspiring stuff.
My own talk (it wasn't a musical performance) was based on the idea that the acoustic properties of the clubs, theaters and concert halls where our music might get performed determines to a large extent the kind of music we write. We semi unconsciously create music that will be appropriate to the places in
which it will most likely be heard. Put that way it sounds obviousbut most people are surprised that creativity might be steered and molded by such mundane forces. I go further, it seems humans aren¹t the only ones who do this, who adapt our music to sonic circumstances. Birds do it too. I play lots of sound snippets as examples, with images of the venues accompanying them. enjoy.
© David Byrne
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