99% Invisible

I don’t really write about music or podcasts, but I was talking with a friend about this episode of 99% Invisible and thought I’d share it with all y’all. The podcast is about the 99% of great design that is completely invisible, and how that shapes our world and our lives, the topics range from airport crowd-control systems to political rallies and in this episode, music recording.

Jon Brion, who composed music for Paul Thomas Anderson and Michel Gondry, talks about the distinction between a song as a piece of written music, and a performance piece, as a recording.

It’s only ten minutes long, but really interesting. If you enjoy it, check out some of the other episodes over on http://99percentinvisible.org/