video topic: Architecture, music
entry type: lecture, online
video title: David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve
Speaker: David Byrne
producer: TED lectures
run time: 20 mins
release date: 2010
official website: http://www.ted.com/talks/david_byrne_how_architecture_helped_music_evolve.html
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As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.
About David Byrne
David Byrne builds an idiosyncratic world of music, art, writing and film.
Musician, author, filmmaker, curator, conservationist, digital music theorist, bicycle advocate, urban designer, visual artist, humanist ... David Byrne has many ways of expressing himself -- all of them heartfelt, authentic and thought-provoking.
From his groundbreaking recording career, first with Talking Heads and then as a solo artist and collaborator, to his recent use of digital media to connnect his creations to the world, he has been meshing art and technology to create jaw-dropping, soulful masterpieces that tell a story, and often invoke his audience to create some masterpieces of their own. In a recent art installation, Playing the Building, Byrne transformed an empty building into a musical instrument, and then invited visitors to play it.
His most recent book, Bicycle Diaries, is a journal of what he thought and experienced while cycling through various cities of the world.
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