This fascinating book ‘allows us to see music in a new light’. From Beethoven, to Cage, to Eno, music is everywhere - it helps to make us what we are.
But, as David Byrne argues, music does not exist in isolation, it is not just about content; it has context, expectations and history. As a musician who has been at the forefront of experimentation, he explores the way in which technology helps to shape music, suggesting that we often accept technology that is merely ‘good enough’. Byrne concludes that although music can more easily be individually created and consumed, communally made music may be ‘the ideal world in microcosm’, a magical shared experience. After a lifetime in music, Byrne is still passionate and ultimately thinks ‘it is a great time to be making music’.