May's Recommended Books
(2007) Oliver Sacks
Neurologist and Physician Oliver Sacks is best known for his engaging books and collections of stories about the human mind. In Musicophilia, Sacks explores the extraordinary effects of music on our grey matter, and the ways that music shapes our interpretations of the world around us. (He also explains why you can't stop humming that #@?& LMFAO track over and over to yourself...).
(2010) Trevor Schonomaker (ed.)
Most of us think of records as a way to record and replay music. In a fascinating art exhibit at Duke University's Nasher Gallery however, records were reimagined as more than vessels for music transmission, but as actual physical objects meriting examination themselves. The Record is the catalogue that accompanied this super cool show, and examines installations by a range of artists including Lauri Anderson and David Byrne.
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