Despite the purportedly humble demeanor of the famed pianist, Ivan Moravec deserves a requiem as great as any of his forerunners. The Czech pianist died in a Prague hospital on July 27th after treatment for pneumonia. He was 84 years old. Throughout his lifetime, he was particularly acclaimed for his interpretations of Chopin, Mozart, and Debussy.
In his TED seminar, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne exhibits an acoustical awareness that might surprise his fans. Stemming from self-awareness in his own music that suggested mixed success across diverse music venues, Byrne stresses the importance of acoustics and characterizes acoustical engineering as "sound architecture," demystifying the long-held views of audiophiles that, talent aside, acoustics can make or break a performance.