Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Unedited Version)HDClosed Captioning
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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe 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.||52:45||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPainting 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.||53:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe 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.||53:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGoing 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.||52:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFour 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.||52:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe 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.||52:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSound 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.||52:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoI 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.||53:15||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSneak Peek: Trailer||The official trailer of the series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music.||2:20||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoElton 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.||6:48||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|103||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLester Smith On Microphones||Lester Smith explains microphone technology using real microphones from Abbey Road Studios.||6:52||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|104||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMark Knopfler On Guitars||Mark Knopfler demonstrates different guitar techniques and styles on a few different guitars, showcasing their unique tones and advantages.||14:24||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|105||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGreg 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.||9:08||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|106||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPaul 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.||7:03||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|107||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLinda 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.||5:14||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|108||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLes Paul On Charlie Christian||Les Paul shares a few stories about meeting Charlie Christian and how they were friends until very late in life.||3:27||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|109||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRingo Starr On Drums||Ringo Starr explains the pieces to a traditional drum kit and demonstrates some basic rock rhythms.||11:34||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|110||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRoseanne 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.||2:33||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|111||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTom Scholz and His Old Hammond B3 Organ||Tom Scholz demonstrates his Hammond B3 organ with an impressive performance.||3:58||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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Wow, if the rest of the episodes are anything like last night's, this series will be amazing! And from the descriptions on the Soundbreaking website, I can tell they will!
The previous reviewer's must not have read the fine print that the episodes are available to download the day after they broadcast. So don't worry, you will get your full episode download!
Wow how is this not getting more buzz??!!
While scrolling through my Directv hell I accidentally landed on PBS and saw an ad for what I thought was a movie. Turns out it's not a movie BUT AN 8 PART TV SHOW!?!?!?! I watched the first episode but wanted more so I came on here to see if it was available. Christmas came early because I can watch the whole thing!!!! Kudos to the filmmakers behind this genius work of art. Half way through my binge and it's my favorite show of 2016.
What is this? - UPDATED
The full episodes are up now, so I'm updating my review to reflect the content. It's great. I'm really glad this series was created, and that the full episodes were made available on iTunes. If you're into recording technology and music definitely check this series out.
- HD Version
- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Nov 14, 2016
- © 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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