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, Soundbreaking explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives.Visit Soundbreaking Website
Engineer Bob Ludwig traces the rise of the cassette tape.
Steven Van Zandt traces the birth of the single and the LP.
Producer Scott Litt and Dave Grohl explore MTV Unplugged.
At launch, black artists found themselves excluded from MTV.
Chuck D didn't believe there would ever be a good rap record because rap was an "event."
Public Enemy’s Chuck D. traces the roots of Hip Hop to the Caribbean “toasting” tradition.
Nile Rodgers takes us from the hippies of Greenwich Village to Disco and Dance music.
The pounding rhythm at the core of Gospel is the foundation of rock and roll music.
“I Am My Music” explores how formats, from the LP to mp3s, have shaped our musical lives.
“Sound and Vision” follows the rise of MTV and how video overhauled the industry.
"The World is Yours" looks at the art of sampling and the musical revolution it inspired.
“Four on the Floor” gives a look at rhythm in music, the pulse that stirs our senses.
“Going Electric” explores how amps and electrification transformed sound.
“The Human Instrument” explores the art and science of recording the human voice.
"Painting with Sound" reveals how the recording studio itself became an instrument.
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