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The art and evolution of music recording is one of the 20th century’s great untold stories. Executive Produced by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, this eight-part series combines more than 150 original interviews with rare archival studio footage—and an extensive soundtrack featuring almost 300 songs—to explore the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our lives. Soundbreaking provides unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Debbie Harry, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck D, BB King, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Roger Daltrey, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, RZA, Roger Waters, St. Vincent, Rick Rubin, Bonnie Raitt, Questlove, and Beck. The series explores a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, from the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multitrack technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling. You’ll hear the songs you love in a whole new way.

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Description

The art and evolution of music recording is one of the 20th century’s great untold stories. Executive Produced by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, this eight-part series combines more than 150 original interviews with rare archival studio footage—and an extensive soundtrack featuring almost 300 songs—to explore the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our lives. Soundbreaking provides unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Debbie Harry, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck D, BB King, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Roger Daltrey, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, RZA, Roger Waters, St. Vincent, Rick Rubin, Bonnie Raitt, Questlove, and Beck. The series explores a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, from the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multitrack technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling. You’ll hear the songs you love in a whole new way.

    • EPISODE 1

    The Art of Recording

    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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    • 52 Minutes

    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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    • 52 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Painting with Sound

    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.

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    • 53 Minutes

    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.

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    • 53 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    The Human Instrument

    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.

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    • 53 Minutes

    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.

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    • 53 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Going Electric

    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.

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    • 52 Minutes

    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.

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    • 52 Minutes
    • 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––from Little Richard and James Brown to disco and EDM––this episode listens in on the ongoing dialogue between dance floor and recording studio, and captures the ever-evolving process of building an irresistible beat.

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    • 52 Minutes

    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––from Little Richard and James Brown to disco and EDM––this episode listens in on the ongoing dialogue between dance floor and recording studio, and captures the ever-evolving process of building an irresistible beat.

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    • 52 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    The World Is Yours

    Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop, this episode tracks the way in which sampling––the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records––created a new genre, upended the establishment, and set in motion a controversy over copyright that has yet to be resolved.

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    • 52 Minutes

    Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop, this episode tracks the way in which sampling––the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records––created a new genre, upended the establishment, and set in motion a controversy over copyright that has yet to be resolved.

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    • 52 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    Sound and Vision

    Chronicling the era in which MTV forged an indelible link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, this episode 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, Eurythmics––MTV turned singles into smash hits and musical performers into international celebrities.

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    • 52 Minutes

    Chronicling the era in which MTV forged an indelible link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, this episode 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, Eurythmics––MTV turned singles into smash hits and musical performers into international celebrities.

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    • 52 Minutes
    • EPISODE 8

    I Am My Music

    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 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.

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    • 53 Minutes

    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 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.

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    • 53 Minutes
    • EPISODE 101

    Sneak Peek: Trailer

    The official trailer of the series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music.

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    • 2 Minutes

    The official trailer of the series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music.

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    • EPISODE 102

    Elton John & Sir George Martin in Conversation

    The producer’s role can vary from 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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    • 6 Minutes

    The producer’s role can vary from 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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    • EPISODE 103

    Lester Smith On Microphones

    Lester Smith explains microphone technology using real microphones from Abbey Road Studios.

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    Lester Smith explains microphone technology using real microphones from Abbey Road Studios.

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    • EPISODE 104

    Mark Knopfler On Guitars

    Mark Knopfler demonstrates different guitar techniques and styles on a few different guitars, showcasing their unique tones and advantages.

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    • 14 Minutes

    Mark Knopfler demonstrates different guitar techniques and styles on a few different guitars, showcasing their unique tones and advantages.

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    • 14 Minutes
    • EPISODE 105

    Greg Phillinganes On Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Michael Jackson

    Greg Phillinganes explains the keyboard parts for several Stevie Wonder songs and how Stevie changed his style as his career went on. He also talks about working with Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson on some of his biggest hits.

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    Greg Phillinganes explains the keyboard parts for several Stevie Wonder songs and how Stevie changed his style as his career went on. He also talks about working with Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson on some of his biggest hits.

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    • EPISODE 106

    Paul Anka On “My Way”

    Paul Anka tells the story of how he wrote “My Way” for Frank Sinatra by trying to imagine himself as Frank, and writing as if he were him.

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    Paul Anka tells the story of how he wrote “My Way” for Frank Sinatra by trying to imagine himself as Frank, and writing as if he were him.

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    • 7 Minutes
    • EPISODE 107

    Linda Perry On “Get This Party Started” & Pink

    Linda Perry describes writing “Get The Party Started” at home on some new recording equipment and meeting Pink, who would eventually record the song.

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    Linda Perry describes writing “Get The Party Started” at home on some new recording equipment and meeting Pink, who would eventually record the song.

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    • EPISODE 108

    Les Paul On Charlie Christian

    Les Paul shares a few stories about meeting Charlie Christian and how they were friends until very late in life.

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    Les Paul shares a few stories about meeting Charlie Christian and how they were friends until very late in life.

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    • EPISODE 109

    Ringo Starr On Drums

    Ringo Starr explains the pieces to a traditional drum kit and demonstrates some basic rock rhythms.

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    Ringo Starr explains the pieces to a traditional drum kit and demonstrates some basic rock rhythms.

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    • 11 Minutes
    • EPISODE 110

    Roseanne Cash On Sun Records

    Rosanne Cash talks about the vast amount of musical talent in Memphis when she was growing up, and describes taking her son to see Sun Records.

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    Rosanne Cash talks about the vast amount of musical talent in Memphis when she was growing up, and describes taking her son to see Sun Records.

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    • EPISODE 111

    Tom Scholz and His Old Hammond B3 Organ

    Tom Scholz demonstrates his Hammond B3 organ with an impressive performance.

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    Tom Scholz demonstrates his Hammond B3 organ with an impressive performance.

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© 2016 Higher Ground LLC All Rights Reserved, George Martin photo: Abbey Road Studios,The Beatles and George Martin photo: © Apple Corps Ltd., Johnny Cash photo: Don Hunstein © Sony Music Entertainment, Linda Perry, Rick Rubin, Chuck D photos: © Colin Finlay, Marvin Gaye photo: Jim Britt Archives, Tiesto photo: © Jordan Loyd 2015, Jimi Hendrix photo: Marc Sharrat/REX/Shutterstock, Adele photo: Sony Music Archives, Ringo Starr, Darryl McDaniels, Elton John, Chuck D photos: © Robert Essel 2016 – NYC, Mick Jagger photo: ©The Bob Bonis Archive BobBonis.com

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