Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music
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SOUNDBREAKING will air weekdays, Nov. 14-23, 2016, at 9PM on MPB TV.

SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC, an upcoming eight-episode PBS series, is coming to MPB TV. The series explores the impact of recorded music on the modern world. Produced by the late legendary music producer Sir George martin, the series showcases artists, producers and innovatos from across the music spectrum. 


November 14 – The Recording Artist

Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit. Episode 1 profiles the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers; featuring George Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more.

November 15 – Painting With Sound

Learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument. From the advent of magnetic tape, Episode 2 charts the evolution of multi-track recording and the ingenuity of artists such as The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.

November 16 – The Human Instrument

Celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture ––the vocal track. Episode 3 considers the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great; with Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Christina Aguilera.

November 17 – Going Electric

From the invention of the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new and never-before-heard sounds. Hour 4 reveals the power of technology to continuously redefine music, from Delta blues to The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo.

November 18 – Four On The Floor

Chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beat box and beyond––from Little Richard and James Brown to disco with the Bee Gees, EDM and Beyoncé. Witness the endless experimentation that transformed the bedrock of all music.

November 21 – The World Is Yours

Meet the pioneers of hip hop and explore how sampling, the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records, created a new genre of music that took over the world, including Public Enemy, Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, Beck and more.

November 22 – Sound and Vision

Trace the rise of MTV and explore how the music video transformed the way we experience music––from David Bowie, Devo and Madonna to the Eurythmics and Nirvana. Learn how a one-time marketing tool became an art form, as well as a powerful mediator between artist and audience.

November 23 – I Am My Music

From the LP to the cassette tape, the CD, and MP3, discover how the listening format of each generation determines not only how and where we listen, but also the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love; featuring Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.

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