Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (1,170)

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is an upcoming eight-episode PBS series that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world. SOUNDBREAKING was the last project produced by legendary music producer Sir George Martin who passed away on March 8. The series combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated music artists, producers and innovators with rare archival studio footage and an extensive musical soundtrack, to deliver one of the most wide-ranging series on the art of music recording.

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I Am My Music
8. I Am My Music
November 22, 2016
The final episode shifts the focus to the experience of listening to music. From vinyl discs to the cassette tape, the CD, and the MP3, each generation has had a new way to make music its owna 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.
Sound and Vision
7. Sound and Vision
November 22, 2016
The penultimate episode in our series proceeds from the once-preposterous notion that music is a visual art form. Chronicling the era in which MTV forged an indelible and inextricable link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, Sound and Vision considers what it means to see music as well as hear it. Offering unprecedented exposure to artists with a knack for the form-- Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Idol, the Eurythmics--MTV turned singles into smash hits and musical performers into international celebrities. It also created new expectations of musical entertainment and imposed new burdens on recording artists. Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Episode Seven tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video's role in the popular music of today.
The World is Yours
6. The World is Yours
November 21, 1950
The sixth episode of Soundbreaking focuses on a musical revolution that was not only inspired by recording but generated from its history: the art of sampling--a kind of musical comparative to Adam's rib.
Four on the Floor
5. Four on the Floor
November 18, 2016
If the vocal track is the heart of a song, the rhythm track--the beat--is its body. It is the sonic element that taps into the most primal part of us and makes us want to move. The Rhythm Track breaks the beat down, and examines the endless experimentation that has taken place in its core, the very bedrock of all music. Charting the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beatbox and beyond--from Little Richard and James Brown to disco and EDM--Episode Five listens in on the ongoing dialogue between dance floor and recording studio, and captures the ever-evolving process of building an irresistible beat.
Going Electric
4. Going Electric
November 17, 2016
From the invention of the electric guitar to the evolution of synthesized music, electricity allowed musicians to invent brand 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.
The Human Instrument
3. The Human Instrument
November 16, 2016
Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists--divas like Adele and Christina Aguilera, suave crooners like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and rock star screamers--this episode considers the gamut of tricks and techniques that can enhance and alter the human voice while exploring the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great.
Painting With Sound
2. Painting With Sound
November 15, 2016
The advent of magnetic tape and multitracking technology allowed artists to experiment with music in new ways, from the 4- and 8-track productions born of the friendly rivalry between the Beatles and the Beach Boys, to the 16- and 24-track productions created by Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, to the digital innovations that today fuel the work of artists such as Beck, Bon Iver, and Radiohead.
The Art of Recording
1. The Art of Recording
November 14, 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; from Rick Rubin's gentle coaxing that brought Johnny Cash back to greatness to the fierce creative independence of artist-producers like Joni Mitchell and Prince.
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Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is an upcoming eight-episode PBS series that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world. SOUNDBREAKING was the last project produced by legendary music producer Sir George Martin who passed away on March 8. The series combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated music artists, producers and innovators with rare archival studio footage and an extensive musical soundtrack, to deliver one of the most wide-ranging series on the art of music recording.

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on November 14, 2016.

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Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    November 14, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (1,170)