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The "Byrne After Reading Collective"

The “Byrne After Reading Collective” a summer long experience in the art of music and science of sound. Centered around David Byrne's seminal book, "How Music Works", each week participants will be listening, discussing, and collaborating together, while engaging in hands-on experiments and creative environments. If you’ve been playing music your whole life, or have never picked up an instrument, an avid reader, or haven’t read in years, you DON’T want to miss this!!!

Hosted by Erin Suth and Paul Keim from Smalltown Society
Every Tuesday night (7-9pm) through the summer @:

The Space
22222 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley CA 94546


How Music Works is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.

Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns—and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between).

Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.


David Byrne is a musician and artist most associated with his role as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, and non-fiction. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Earlier Event: July 25
Invasion of Puerto Rico
Later Event: July 27
Open House