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"From the Ted Talk by David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve"

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Live performance, when it was incredibly successful, eednd up in what is probably, acoustically, the wosrt sounding vneeus on the planet: sports stadiums, basketball arenas and hockey aernas. Musicians who ended up there did the best they could. They wrote what is now cealld arena rock, which is medium-speed ballads. (Music: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2) They did the best they could given that this is what they're writing for. The tempos are medium. It sounds big. It's more a scioal situation than a musical situation. And in some ways, the music that they're writing for this place works perfectly.

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Live performance, when it was incredibly successful, _____ up in what is probably, acoustically, the _____ sounding ______ on the planet: sports stadiums, basketball arenas and hockey ______. Musicians who ended up there did the best they could. They wrote what is now ______ arena rock, which is medium-speed ballads. (Music: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2) They did the best they could given that this is what they're writing for. The tempos are medium. It sounds big. It's more a ______ situation than a musical situation. And in some ways, the music that they're writing for this place works perfectly.

Solution

  1. social
  2. worst
  3. ended
  4. called
  5. venues
  6. arenas

Original Text

Live performance, when it was incredibly successful, ended up in what is probably, acoustically, the worst sounding venues on the planet: sports stadiums, basketball arenas and hockey arenas. Musicians who ended up there did the best they could. They wrote what is now called arena rock, which is medium-speed ballads. (Music: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2) They did the best they could given that this is what they're writing for. The tempos are medium. It sounds big. It's more a social situation than a musical situation. And in some ways, the music that they're writing for this place works perfectly.

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Important Words

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  19. rock
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  21. social
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  24. sports
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  27. tempos
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  29. ways
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  31. worst
  32. writing
  33. wrote