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virushopper
08-21-2012, 11:55 AM
http://www.lfla.org/event-detail/765/An-Evening-with-David-Byrne-and-Trent-Reznor

Dinki Di
08-21-2012, 12:11 PM
I hope they hit things off and decide to book some studio-time together.

sheepdean
08-21-2012, 12:18 PM
Ahahaha fuck my life, I want to go to this so badly :(
If this kind of thing isn't normally recorded by the venue, it would be neat if someone could accidentally leave on their camera for the whole thing.

jessamineny
08-21-2012, 01:03 PM
So it looks like this is part of a larger book tour (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/david-byrne-on-tour-how-music-works) for Byrne for How Music Works, and he's appearing with people throughout the tour. The first part of the tour, it's mostly journalists he's paired with. The last part, he's mostly paired with other musicians (with Bernie Krause in San Francisco and Carrie Brownstein in Portland). Here's a blurb on the book... sounds really interesting.

How Music Works is David Byrne's remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he's spent a lifetime thinking about. He explains how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and how the advent of recording technology 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 tells us how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators. Touching on the joy, physics, and the business of making music, he also shows how it is inextricably linked to its cultural and physical context.

Baphomette
08-22-2012, 11:56 PM
Tickets procured!

slave2thewage
08-23-2012, 12:06 AM
Well, this is... a thing.

howdidislipinto
08-24-2012, 02:32 PM
Tickets purchased. I will be inside of this. I can't wait!

I couldn't afford the book at checkout, but if there really is a signing I hope we can purchase it on the day of the event. It sounds like a great read, David Byrne rarely has anything boring to say.

littlemonkey613
08-24-2012, 07:04 PM
Holy shit. Bought that shit so fast.

WorzelG
09-02-2012, 12:12 PM
Since the discussion is about music marketing etc, I wonder if this will coincide with the HTDA release?

Shnoorum
09-02-2012, 08:06 PM
Since the discussion is about music marketing etc, I wonder if this will coincide with the HTDA release?

While I wouldn't be suprised if it got a vague mention, but I doubt we'll hear much new. We can but hope however

Findus
09-09-2012, 01:58 PM
I figure this is an okay place to post this new David Byrne video.

http://vimeo.com/48153500

DVYDRNS
09-09-2012, 09:15 PM
i preordered this record a few months back. i cant wait for it to get here.

Baphomette
09-14-2012, 04:57 AM
I may have to sell my ticket to this event. Anyone interested?

ZootZap
09-14-2012, 03:27 PM
I may have to sell my ticket to this event. Anyone interested?

...if someone pays me a roundtrip and a simple hostel, I would (better could) be very interested!

It doesn't hurt to dream :rolleyes:

KrakenWakes
09-15-2012, 08:52 PM
I may have to sell my ticket to this event. Anyone interested?

Maybe, what are you looking to get for it?

Baphomette
09-15-2012, 09:36 PM
Maybe, what are you looking to get for it?

Face value. So, $25.

I should know by next week if I'm going or not.

sheepdean
09-16-2012, 02:54 PM
Btw guys, in the Q&A bit, I think someone should ask about Tapeworm

JCC1701
09-17-2012, 02:32 AM
I may have to sell my ticket to this event. Anyone interested?
Miss Baphomette, I am interested! Please let me know if still available. Thanks in advance!!

FernandoDante
09-17-2012, 08:49 PM
Btw guys, in the Q&A bit, I think someone should ask about Tapeworm
And Marilyn Manson.

ManBurning
09-18-2012, 12:42 AM
Don't waste valueable Q&A time on that rubbish, bring out the heavy guns, like Yo, where is the Fragile re-issue, and whatever happened to this so called HTDA that was apparently finished in May.

Is there even going to be an open Q&A for Trent's career to answer NIN questions? Seems like this session is moreso devoted to the release of this other Dude's new book, and sounds like Trent was invited as he is basically one of the first musicians who started the whole "music as a businessman all on your own in the digital age without a record label" approach.

Findus
09-18-2012, 01:24 AM
A few days ago I skimmed through his new book when I spotted it at Barnes & Noble. It's quite an impressive collection of information, history, and thoughts.

sheepdean
09-18-2012, 02:43 AM
Don't waste valueable Q&A time on that rubbish, bring out the heavy guns, like Yo, where is the Fragile re-issue, and whatever happened to this so called HTDA that was apparently finished in May.

Is there even going to be an open Q&A for Trent's career to answer NIN questions? Seems like this session is moreso devoted to the release of this other Dude's new book, and sounds like Trent was invited as he is basically one of the first musicians who started the whole "music as a businessman all on your own in the digital age without a record label" approach.
The open QA is MEANT for questions about the industry. But people are going to be asking about Talking Heads reforming and that crap, so I'm sure the NINnies there can throw some questions at Trent about Coke Zero and its effects in the workplace.

eversonpoe
09-18-2012, 05:06 PM
i didn't realize it but David Byrne was staying in the hotel where i was doing work today (on the top floor at the Vertigo Sky Lounge, re-doing their sound-system). there were a couple dudes outside with talking heads records, waiting to talk to him and get them signed. they were talking to St. Vincent when i was getting ready to leave, but i didn't realize it until she rode away on her bike (which was adorable).

FernandoDante
09-18-2012, 11:12 PM
The open QA is MEANT for questions about the industry. But people are going to be asking about Talking Heads reforming and that crap, so I'm sure the NINnies there can throw some questions at Trent about Coke Zero and its effects in the workplace.
David Byrne has a record and tour to promote. Don't you think Mr. Reznor would also take the opportunity to promote something?

I know I'm among the less hopeful for new HTDA this year, but still, if he's going to make any REAL announcements, he might as well do them in the next week or two.

jessamineny
09-18-2012, 11:46 PM
God, I hope there's no audience Q&A, or if there is that they weed out NIN fans who think this is a Trent Reznor Event. This is a stop on Byrne's book tour... he has some intellectual arm candy at most stops, and in LA it's TR.

Adam10647
09-19-2012, 11:21 AM
I some how missed this! If any one has 1 or two extra tickets please let me know, and hopefully we can work something out. I'm a massive NIN fan and love the Talking Heads fan and I would love to go.

Adam10647
09-19-2012, 11:24 AM
I may have to sell my ticket to this event. Anyone interested?
Hey, I would love to go to this and didn't hear about it till tickets were gone. If you still have any extra tickets I would love to buy them.
Thanks

Elke
09-19-2012, 01:08 PM
God, I hope there's no audience Q&A, or if there is that they weed out NIN fans who think this is a Trent Reznor Event. This is a stop on Byrne's book tour... he has some intellectual arm candy at most stops, and in LA it's TR.

Wait... you don't consider TR to be intellectual arm candy? Or just his fans?

jessamineny
09-19-2012, 03:16 PM
Wait... you don't consider TR to be intellectual arm candy? Or just his fans?

At most stops on his book tour, Byrne has special guests who are either helping to lead the discussion or adding to the discussion because of their expertise in certain areas. I said that TR was indeed Byrne's intellectual arm candy at the LA stop of his book tour.

To emphasize the fact that this is not a true double billing. TR is a special guest. And NIN fans might sadly be inclined to make a Q&A (if there is one) All About Trent.

snaapz
09-20-2012, 11:25 AM
I'd like to hear more on what TR has to say about working on TGWTDT.

When you talk about the physics and sciences of scoring a scene, how deep into the settings does he get? Take the table scene in Lisbeth's home. If the table was dark green, breakfast was toast, coffee was in mugs & the curtains were red and drawn closed... but everything else was the same... would the music sound the same? Do curtain colours affect the audio frequencies, instruments/synths used, volume etc...? Does it matter if Mikael is clean shaven or has stubble? Or does TR/AR only look at the situation and words being said. What was the longest amount of time spent on a scene trying to come up with a suitable track? This I would love to see answered.


http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/mast_image_landscape/mastimages/Girl with the Dragon Tattoo table.jpg

talkingnothing
09-22-2012, 01:29 AM
This is going to be all the more interesting considering the topic and the news about htda and columbia. I saw david byrne and st. vincent in mpls (which was awesome), but wasn't able to go to db's event the night before (the first of the book tour conversations). so far I haven't found a recording or transcript online from the event. really really hoping someone going to the db/tr evening will be able to record and share.

Baphomette
10-13-2012, 03:10 AM
I won't be going to this after all. Anyone interested in my ticket?

littlemonkey613
10-15-2012, 01:10 AM
I was the last question of the night if any of yall were there!

Leviathant
10-15-2012, 01:11 AM
What did you (or anyone else) ask? Inquiring minds would like to know!

littlemonkey613
10-15-2012, 01:22 AM
I asked if it is ever emotionally difficult to put a project aside that your passionate about in order to work harder on another, and if he had moments of regret in terms of choosing a focus, and I mentioned David Fincher b/c I knew he was hesitant about working on that.

I wish I remembered his answer better (I think my sister recorded it and I'll put it up). He talked about how it has been hard and recently he has turned down projects he would have loved to do. Also that he doesn't want to be known as a film composer, and doesn't want that to ever become his m.o. He also talked about trying to follow his passion and stuff in terms of choosing what to do.

There was a few silly questions. Like I literally did not even understand what some people were asking/saying. Im going to go in my memory bank and come back in a few with more details.

peanoot3
10-15-2012, 02:07 AM
I found this video: Trent Reznor on why he chose record labels".

(http://www.youtube.com/embed/wsE865Jpv4k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>)http://youtu.be/wsE865Jpv4k

howdidislipinto
10-15-2012, 04:46 AM
The event was pretty wonderful. Trent was talkative as always, David was surprisingly quiet but once he got a little warmed up was very into it, and since the discussion was primarily focused on the marketing/post-internets aspect of music, at times he seemed genuinely interested in learning from what TR has done, interjecting with his own questions. The moderator was way cooler than they usually are at these things, asking intelligent questions and then staying out of the way. I would have loved to have heard more creative commentary from the two artists, but given the topic of the night, it obviously wasn't going to happen.

The q&a was horrifically cringeworthy. Some questions could literally be reduced to, "Me me me me me. So, what do you think about me?" A couple of NIN fans who clearly didn't even know who the fuck David Byrne was only added to the cringeworthiness. Luckily the David Byrne-only fans were awkward in their own way, perhaps I'm only more upset about the NIN fans because I want us to represent ourselves better, ha. I wish questions could have been written and submitted beforehand, because clearly some people just wanted to interact with the artists without bringing anything to the table.

Since these events always end with the q&a, they unfortunately leave a weird taste in your mouth even when the majority of the experience was a delight -- and in this case, it definitely was.

thelastdisciple
10-15-2012, 05:31 AM
The q&a was horrifically cringeworthy. Some questions could literally be reduced to, "Me me me me me. So, what do you think about me?"
What do you mean by this, like "what do you think about my NIN tattoos" and crap like that? if so good grief, why is there STILL such a mentality like this out there. I hope they weren't from ETS.

Def sounds like pulling crap out of their ass just for the sake of interacting with them. Wanna smell my finger? a herp derp derp.

GoodSoldier333
10-15-2012, 09:45 AM
To whoever can put up a transcript of the event or another video, cookies await you! :)

witte
10-15-2012, 09:54 AM
I found this video: Trent Reznor on why he chose record labels".

(http://www.youtube.com/embed/wsE865Jpv4k&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen></iframe>)http://youtu.be/wsE865Jpv4k

amazing how a vision can change in a couple of years

sheepdean
10-15-2012, 10:27 AM
Did we manage to go a whole Q&A without Tapeworm coming up?

sweeterthan
10-15-2012, 10:48 AM
More videos please!

jessamineny
10-15-2012, 11:20 AM
Found this one on turning down projects


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWAUn6ZPJdE

cahernandez
10-15-2012, 11:58 AM
"In a talk with David Byrne, the Nine Inch Nails mastermind said he decided the pros of releasing his group How to Destroy Angels' via Columbia were worth the cons":
http://www.spin.com/articles/trent-reznor-david-byrne-major-labels-destroy-angels-radiohead

WorzelG
10-15-2012, 12:52 PM
^^^I don't remember seeing flyers / posters advertising NIN concerts in London even when they were on a major label? Unless I just wasn't looking, the places I heard of them were in magazines / radio and I'm sure the likes of Zane Lowe would interview Trent regardless of major label status

icklekitty
10-15-2012, 01:32 PM
I saw loads of them, especially for the With Teeth tour. I even stole a couple.

Going by the article, they seem to forget that Radiohead are MUCH bigger globally than NIN. Even so, I see the sense in using a record label under certain conditions. A few other bands I like are making albums, then approaching a label to promote just that record and perhaps the coinciding tour. The tour ends, the band is free again, and freelances another label when necessary.

orestes
10-15-2012, 01:45 PM
Bowie's been doing it for years.

gorast
10-15-2012, 02:41 PM
Do you guys think a full video of the event will surface? Or even just a rundown of what was discussed?

spahn
10-15-2012, 02:49 PM
Do you guys think a full video of the event will surface? Or even just a rundown of what was discussed?

it normally does. just be patient. :)

jessamineny
10-15-2012, 02:54 PM
Do you guys think a full video of the event will surface? Or even just a rundown of what was discussed?

They say there will be a blog here
http://www.facebook.com/NINarmy

FernandoDante
10-15-2012, 03:11 PM
Trent said that Radiohead were playing there six months from then, but it was more like... two.

WorzelG
10-15-2012, 03:23 PM
He talked about how it has been hard and recently he has turned down projects he would have loved to do.

I'm curious to know what these are - although they might disappoint me too that he didn't take them on

Toadflax
10-15-2012, 03:25 PM
Ha! I actually heard you saying the "me me me" thing on the way out.

PQHooligan
10-15-2012, 04:11 PM
Ha, was just about to come here to say that Pitchfork had video and mentioned ETS!
http://pitchfork.com/news/48208-watch-trent-reznor-discusses-return-to-major-labels-in-conversation-with-david-byrne/

sheepdean
10-15-2012, 04:49 PM
They say there will be a blog here
http://www.facebook.com/NINarmy
We've got audio, but it's being cleaned up, so check back in a day or so

howdidislipinto
10-15-2012, 06:33 PM
Trent just tweeted that he was in the studio with a hero of his, but then clarified it's not Byrne. Hopes dashed!

littlemonkey613
10-15-2012, 06:37 PM
Found this one on turning down projects


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWAUn6ZPJdE

O my glob thats me asking. My derp fucking giggle.

ancientlasers
10-16-2012, 08:26 AM
I found this video: Trent Reznor on why he chose record labels".

(http://www.youtube.com/embed/wsE865Jpv4k&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen></iframe>)http://youtu.be/wsE865Jpv4k

So I'm the dude that filmed a section of the talk with David Byrne and Trent Reznor, where Trent was explaining why he decided to go back to major labels and it...kind of...got posted onto Pitchfork, SPIN, NME, and the rest of the entire internet.

Trent, if you're pissed...I apologize. But look on the bright side - you're on the front page of every major music website!

sheepdean
10-16-2012, 05:34 PM
Sorry it took so long: http://www.facebook.com/NINarmy/posts/449638071749284

innerturmoil
10-17-2012, 01:00 AM
Artwork from event.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/natepottker/DavidByrne_3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/natepottker/DavidByrne_4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/natepottker/DavidByrne_5.jpg

icklekitty
10-17-2012, 09:38 AM
Sorry it took so long: http://www.facebook.com/NINarmy/posts/449638071749284


Thanks for that!

Due to years of standing in the front row listening to whiny 90s rock bands, my hearing isn't all that good anymore and I can't hear much of this very clearly. Is someone able to summarise the key points (a transcript would be great but I'm sure not many people are able to transcribe 80 minutes worth very easily!).

GoodSoldier333
10-17-2012, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the effort guys!
I don't think it's your hearing. I was only able to make out half of it all.

jmtd
10-22-2012, 04:21 AM
The Hotline link to this page is broken - it's prefixed with http://www.theninhotline.net/news/permalink/%20

Leviathant
10-22-2012, 10:03 AM
The Hotline link to this page is broken - it's prefixed with http://www.theninhotline.net/news/permalink/ (http://www.theninhotline.net/news/permalink/)

And now it's fixed -- thanks!

wizfan
10-22-2012, 10:05 AM
"Bad ID. Naughty, naughty ID."

HAH!

Leviathant
10-22-2012, 10:29 AM
"Bad ID. Naughty, naughty ID."

HAH!

And that's why The Hotline's content management system is pretty much impervious to attack.

ninperu
10-22-2012, 12:18 PM
--> http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.549130111769616.142708.156186317730666&type=1

Baphomette
10-25-2012, 04:36 PM
a transcript would be greatIs there one available yet? If not, I'll do it. I've got a couple of free days and I'm fast w/transcribing.