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Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

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"Soundbreaking" is an eight-part documentary exploring the history of music recording. The series profiles accomplished artists, producers and music innovators, and features original interviews and clips. Studios and pioneering technology are tracked through time, revealing the evolution of recording. Episodes discuss how recordings became visual when MTV popularized music videos and how each generation had its own medium to play tracks, from vinyl to CD.

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From vinyl discs to the cassette tape, the CD, and the MP3, listening formats determine how and where people listen, and how music is collected, stored and shared.
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MTV and music videos transform music and the way people experience it -- from David Bowie, Devo and Madonna to the Eurythmics and Nirvana.
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Sampling creates a new genre of music and sparks a musical revolution, making way for artists such as Public Enemy, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys and Beck.
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The progression of the beat from drum and bass to beatbox and beyond, including funk, disco and EDM.
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The way in which electricity has been harnessed to create never-before-heard sounds.
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The vocal track is one of the most fundamental components of a song but it can also be the most challenging to capture; the emotional quality in the music of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera.
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The recording studio transforms popular music with the use of magnetic tape and multitrack recording, reinforcing the work of artists such as the Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.
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The role of the record producer and their contrasting styles, from George Martin and Sam Phillips to Tom Petty and Dr. Dre.

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