Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
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Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Documentaries, Music • TV Series • 2016

The producer’s role can vary from Sir George Martin’s inspired guidance of the Beatles to Phil Spector's dictatorial insistence on his signature sound...more

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1 season available (8 episodes)

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(8 episodes)

Season1
Episode 1

The Art of Recording

The producer’s role varies from George Martin’s inspired guidance of the Beatles to Phil Spector's dictatorial insistence on his signature sound to the fierce creative independence of artist-producers like Joni Mitchell and Prince.
Episode 2

Painting With Sound

Magnetic tape and multitracking technology allowed experimentation, from the 4- and 8-track productions by the Beatles and the Beach Boys, to the 16- and 24-track productions by Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, to the digital innovations of today.
Episode 3

The Human Instrument

Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists––divas like Adele, suave crooners like Frank Sinatra, and rock star screamers––this episode considers the gamut of tricks and techniques that can enhance and alter the human voice.
Episode 4

Going Electric

Electricity allowed musicians to create new sounds. This episode examines the process by which science and engineering become sound, illustrated through blues music and artists like the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and the Who.
Episode 5

Four on the Floor

If the vocal track is the heart of a song, the rhythm track––the beat––is its body. Charting the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beatbox and beyond, this episode listens in on the ongoing dialogue between dance floor and recording studio.
Episode 6

The World Is Yours

Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop, this episode tracks the way in which sampling––borrowing fragments from existing records––created a new genre, upended the establishment, and set in motion an as yet unresolved controversy over copyright.
Episode 7

Sound and Vision

This episode tackles the emergence of music videos. Offering unprecedented exposure to artists with a knack for the form––Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Idol, Eurythmics––MTV turned singles into smash hits and performers into international celebrities.
Episode 8

I Am My Music

From vinyl discs to cassettes, CDs, and MP3s, each generation has had a new way to make music its own––a way of listening that determines not only how and where we listen, but also the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love.

Nobody Knew That Boston Wasn’t Really a Band

The Elevated Musical Consiousness of the Beach Boys

The Record Wars and Rock and Roll

The Who in the Studio

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