Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
Weeknights through November 23 on CET
Soundbreaking, a new eight-part series, combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers and innovators from across the music spectrum, with rare archival studio footage and an extensive soundtrack, to deliver one of the most wide-ranging series on the art of music recording.
The Recording Artist
Monday, November 14, at 10pm on CET
Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit. The first episode profiles the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers; featuring George Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more.
Painting with Sound
Tuesday, November 15, at 10pm on CET
Learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument. From the advent of magnetic tape, Episode two charts the evolution of multi-track recording and the ingenuity of artists such as The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.
The Human Instrument
Wednesday, November 16, at 10pm on CET
Celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture – the vocal track. Episode three considers the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great; with Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Christina Aguilera.
Thursday, November 17, at 10pm on CET
From the invention of the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new and never-before-heard sounds. Hour four reveals the power of technology to continuously redefine music, from Delta blues to The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo.
Four on the Floor
Friday, November 18, at 10pm on CET
Chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beat box and beyond – from Little Richard and James Brown to disco with the Bee Gees, EDM and Beyoncé. Witness the endless experimentation that transformed the bedrock of all music.
The World is Yours
Monday, November 21, at 10pm on CET
Meet the pioneers of hip hop and explore how sampling, the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records, created a new genre of music that took over the world, including Public Enemy, Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, Beck and more.
Sound and Vision
Tuesday, November 22, at 10pm on CET
Trace the rise of MTV and explore how the music video transformed the way we experience music – from David Bowie, Devo and Madonna to the Eurythmics and Nirvana. Learn how a one-time marketing tool became an art form, as well as a powerful mediator between artist and audience.
I am My Music
Wednesday, November 23, at 10pm on CET
From the LP to the cassette tape, the CD, and MP3; discover how the listening format of each generation determines not only how and where we listen, but also the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love; featuring Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.