Nov 14 Mon-Wed 23 10pm-12pm Soundbreaking Series on PBS – How Musicians, Producers and Technical Advances Created Modern Recorded Sound

Joni Mitchell is beyond any producer

Soundbreaking (Trailer) explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives.

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The eight-part series explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, WNET Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music airs weekdays PBS, November 14 Mon-23 Wed 10/9c.

SOUNDBREAKING NOV 14 10pm

Ep 1 | The Art of Recording (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Aired: 11/14/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
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 Art of Recording” offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches.
Producing Joni Mitchell Isn’t Realistically Possible (Preview)
1:04 Video duration: 1:04 Aired: 11/14/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
Producer Peter Asher explains how an artist like Joni Mitchell is impossible to produce. We look back to a live performance of the song “California” to see Mitchell in action, an inventor of her own unique musical language and expression.
The Recording Studio As A New Tool of Black Empowerment
2:07 Video duration: 2:07 Aired: 11/14/16 Rating: TV-PG
Video has closed captioning.
In the first episode of Soundbreaking, music writer Jason King suggests that the recording studio gave Black artists to tools to raise their own voice as producer. Q-Tip and Arthur Baker express their infatuation for Sly Stone’s ability to take control of his sound and create a unique brand of funk that continued to bubble under popular music and in modern day productions.

Ep 2 | Painting with Sound (Clip)
53:30 Video duration: 53:30 Aired: 11/15/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
“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.
The Elevated Musical Consciousness of The Beach Boys
4:15 Video duration: 4:15 Aired: 11/15/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
In the second episode of Soundbreaking, we trace the evolution of the Beach Boys through the seminal album “Pet Sounds” and the single “Good Vibrations.” Producer Don Was and music writer Chuck Granata discuss Brian Wilson’s punishing process in the studio layering the results of multiple sessions into a final track. With commentary from musicians Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye.

Ep 3 | The Human Instrument (Clip)
53:30 Video duration: 53:30 Aired: 11/16/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
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 4 | Going Electric (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Aired: 11/17/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
“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 5 | Four on the Floor (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Aired: 11/18/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
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.

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Ep 6 | The World is Yours (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Airing: 11/21/16
Passport Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
“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 fragments from existing records created a new genre.

Ep 7 | Sound and Vision (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Airing: 11/22/16
Passport Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
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 8 | I Am My Music (Clip)
53:00 Video duration: 53:00 Airing: 11/23/16
Passport Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG
Video has closed captioning.
“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.

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