How music works is a non fiction book by david byrne a musician writer and public figure best known for his work with the group talking heads he discusses the form and influence of music in a non linear narrative fashion using a variety of experiences from his career to create something part autobiography and part music theory. 2 the major scale a scale is a collection of notes selected from the full set of notes in an octave the choice of notes in the scale provides the framework on which a piece of music is built we have already been introduced to the chromatic scale. But i was impressed by the scope and range of how music works byrne covers nearly every aspect of creating and enjoying music from the first steps of composing and to the nuances of performance to producing and promoting plus he puts it in sync with the world we live in never forgetting that music is a vital and ever changing aspect of existence. How music works is easy to read and very enjoyable there is so much wonderful snarky english humor that you dont even realize you are learning something even if you are a casual fan of music you will find some eye opening facts in here such as why you hear those discordant sounds at the beginning of an orchestral concert
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