Legendary musician and raconteur David Byrne joins fellow musician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) to explore the joy, the physics, the history, and the business of making music on the occasion of Byrne's new book, How Music Works.
Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer, having produced the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, David Lynch’s Lost Highway, David Fincher’s The Social Network, and Fincher’s English adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. In 1997, Reznor appeared on Time magazine's most influential people list, and Spin magazine named him "the most vital artist in music." Over the course of his career, Reznor has also collected countless production and remix credits including collaborations with David Bowie, Saul Williams and Marilyn Manson. In addition to his continued work in Nine Inch Nails, Reznor is recording new music as a member of the group How To Destroy Angels.
Josh Kun is a professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, where he is director of The Popular Music Project at The Norman Lear Center. He is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America, co-author of And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl, and co-editor of Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border, among other volumes. With The Grammy Museum, he recently curated Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975, part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time series. He is currently collaborating with The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Public Library, and Angel City Press on Songs in the Key of L.A., a multimedia exploration of Los Angeles through its vintage sheet music.
String Theory is a genre bending hybrid performance collaborative that transforms music and dance into multi-sensory experiences accessible to a wide audience. Using their signature sonic sculptures, String Theory creates site-specific multi-media spectacles. Their giant harps transform architecture into huge musical environments. The instruments are ignited by contemporary dance, original music, and occasional projections, creating an immersive performance that brings the audience on an unexpected and memorable journey. String Theory has traveled the globe collaborating with such organizations as TED, The Grammy’s, Warner Music, Intel, and HBO among others. String Theory also composes score and produces music for film and television.
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