David Byrne: Music adapts to Architecture

In this YouTube video, David Byrne, frontman of the Talking Heads, gives a 15-minute TED talk.  His thesis is quite interesting: that, through the ages, musical styles and performance practices have evolved to suit their performing venues.

I'd never considered this idea before, and his case is compelling.  In so many words, I think Byrne suggests that music adapts to its performance venue the same ways living creatures adapt to their habitats.

He'll explain much more effectively than I can.  Go ahead and watch:

 

Posted on January 26, 2013 and filed under Audio & Video.