"Soundbreaking" Tells the Stories of Pop Music Icons and the Creation of their Sound

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08 November 2016
Courtesy of PBS
The Eight-Episode Series “SoundBreaking”
Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 23 at 10 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)
         Charting a century's worth of innovation and experimentation in the creation of music, “SOUNDBREAKING” offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds.  From the invention of the microphone to the Moog synthesizer, from the phonograph to digital streaming, “SOUNDBREAKING” moves between past and present to tell the stories behind the sounds, and reveals how innovation redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be.
          As Sir George Martin’s final project, the 8-episode 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 literally ever. The doc includes never-before-seen footage of everyone from Paul McCartney and Tom Petty to Christina Aguilera and Questlove – over 150 interviews and performances in total.
         Organized thematically, each episode of Soundbreaking tells stories of pop music icons using their determination, ingenuity and guts to create works of art that have touched us all. Stories within the episodes include:
• George Martin and the Beatles' groundbreaking work in the studio creates a new paradigm for pop music

• Phil Spector's rise as the first 'rock star producer'
• Paul Epworth's collaboration with Adele on "Rolling in the Deep"
• Stevie Wonder embraces the synthesizer and makes a break with Motown 
• Giorgio Moroder fuses R&B with electronica and the dance floor explodes
• The art of sampling gives rise to hip hop
• Michael Jackson and Madonna take the art of the music video to new heights 
• Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye use the long-playing record for new kinds of expression


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