Music is a deep well of information, stories, and inspirations that make for interesting discoveries. Its history, varied cultural significance and traditions, and innovations over time provide constant fodder for study and exploration. Whether you are a music student or someone who works in the industry or simply interested in anything related to music, here are some of the best music-themed TED Talks worth watching.
Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music
English conductor Benjamin Zander shares his passion for classical music and his interesting take on how to tap into our love for it. Infused with humor and inspiring stories, he talks about the love for music and the power of possibilities among others.
David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve
“The writer, Thomas Frank, says that this might be a kind of explanation why some voters vote against their best interests, that voters, like a lot of us, assume, that if they hear something that sounds like it’s sincere, that it’s coming from the gut, that it’s passionate, that it’s more authentic. And they’ll vote for that. So that, if somebody can fake sincerity, if they can fake passion, they stand a better chance of being selected in that way, which seems a little dangerous. I’m saying the two, the passion, the joy, are not mutually exclusive.
Maybe what the world needs now is for us to realize that we are like the birds. We adapt. We sing. And like the birds, the joy is still there, even though we have changed what we do to fit the context.”
Famous instrumentalist David Byrne talks about music, venues, and how context sparked innovations in the music industry.
Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen
Deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie demonstrates how listening to music goes beyond just using our ears to hear the sounds. It is an awe-inspiring talk that provides a glimpse into the power and depth of music and how we can always learn new ways of truly enjoying it.
Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors
If you think that leadership and music is unrelated, think again! This video features Israeli conductor Itay Talgam who talks about the leadership challenge a conductor faces. It is an insightful talk that imparts important lessons on leadership using examples based from some of the most legendary conductors’ styles.