Soundbreaking

November 2016

Ep 8 | I Am My Music

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“I Am My Music” shifts the focus from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that defined that experience. From vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its own.

Ep 7 | Sound And Vision

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Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Sound and Vision 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.

Ep 6 | The World Is Yours

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"The World is Yours" looks at a musical revolution that was not only inspired by recording but born from its history: the art of sampling—a kind of musical equivalent of Adam's rib. Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop (Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, Rick Rubin), the episode tracks the way in which the practice of borrowing ...

Ep 5 | Four On The Floor

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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. “Four on the Floor” breaks the beat down, and examines the endless experimentation that has taken place at its core, the very bedrock of all music.

Ep 4 | Going Electric

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“Going Electric” tells the story of how electricity has been harnessed and channeled to create new and never-before-heard sounds, tracing both the chain reaction unleashed by the invention of the electric guitar and the evolution of synthesized music.

Ep 3 | The Human Instrument

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Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments, “The Human Instrument” surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists—from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers.

Ep 2 | Painting With Sound

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“Painting with Sound” chronicles a watershed event in the history of music: the moment when the recording studio itself effectively became an instrument and gave rise to sounds that could never be reproduced live.

Ep 1 | The Recording Artist

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Soundbreaking begins where a recording does — at the intersection of inspiration and execution. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, "The Recording Artist" offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches.
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