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    Soundbreaking

    Official Trailer

    Soundbreaking is an eight-part series on the art and evolution of music recording.

    Official Trailer

    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking The Era of Private Music Listening

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    The Era of Private Music Listening

    Engineer Bob Ludwig traces the rise of the cassette tape.

    The Era of Private Music Listening

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    The Record Wars and Rock and Roll

    Steven Van Zandt traces the birth of the single and the LP.

    The Record Wars and Rock and Roll

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    “I Am My Music” explores how formats, from the LP to mp3s, have shaped our musical lives.

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    Jimmy Jam: MTV Was White Rock Music Television

    At launch, black artists found themselves excluded from MTV.

    Jimmy Jam: MTV Was White Rock Music Television

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    “Sound and Vision” follows the rise of MTV and how video overhauled the industry.

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    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking An Experiment, A “One Off”: Nirvana on MTV Unplugged

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    An Experiment, A “One Off”: Nirvana on MTV Unplugged

    Producer Scott Litt and Dave Grohl explore MTV Unplugged.

    An Experiment, A “One Off”: Nirvana on MTV Unplugged

    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking The Holy Trinity of Hip Hop and Rap Music Was Three DJs

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    The Holy Trinity of Hip Hop and Rap Music Was Three DJs

    Public Enemy’s Chuck D. traces the roots of Hip Hop to the Caribbean “toasting” tradition.

    The Holy Trinity of Hip Hop and Rap Music Was Three DJs

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    "The World is Yours" looks at the art of sampling and the musical revolution it inspired.

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    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking Questlove: Rappers Delight Was a War of the Worlds Moment

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    Questlove: Rappers Delight Was a War of the Worlds Moment

    Chuck D didn't believe there would ever be a good rap record because rap was an "event."

    Questlove: Rappers Delight Was a War of the Worlds Moment

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    The Power of Gospel’s Frenzied Rhythm

    The pounding rhythm at the core of Gospel is the foundation of rock and roll music.

    The Power of Gospel’s Frenzied Rhythm

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    “Four on the Floor” gives a look at rhythm in music, the pulse that stirs our senses.

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    Nile Rodgers: The Crowd Where The Music Never Stops

    Nile Rodgers takes us from the hippies of Greenwich Village to Disco and Dance music.

    Nile Rodgers: The Crowd Where The Music Never Stops

    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking The Who in the Studio: The Synth is a Member of the Band

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    The Who in the Studio: The Synth is a Member of the Band

    The synthesizer played an unforgettable role on the incredible back catalog of The Who.

    The Who in the Studio: The Synth is a Member of the Band

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    “Going Electric” explores how amps and electrification transformed sound.

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    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking What Would Happen to the Music Business Without Electricity?

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    What Would Happen to the Music Business Without Electricity?

    Plugging in launched a musical revolution creating sounds never heard before.

    What Would Happen to the Music Business Without Electricity?

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    The Making of the Song: Imogen Heap

    Recording techniques have allowed the voice to take on a new role as an instrument.

    The Making of the Song: Imogen Heap

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    The Unmistakable Bessie Smith

    The power of women’s voices define the power of the Blues for Bonnie Raitt.

    The Unmistakable Bessie Smith

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    “The Human Instrument” explores the art and science of recording the human voice.

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    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking Nobody Knew That Boston Wasn’t Really a Band At All

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    Nobody Knew That Boston Wasn’t Really a Band At All

    Tom Scholz reveals that the rock band Boston was a one-man recording studio experiment.

    Nobody Knew That Boston Wasn’t Really a Band At All

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    "Painting with Sound" reveals how the recording studio itself became an instrument.

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    Video thumbnail: Soundbreaking The Elevated Musical Consciousness of The Beach Boys

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    The Elevated Musical Consciousness of The Beach Boys

    Don Was discusses the musical process of the Beach Boys through "Pet Sounds."

    The Elevated Musical Consciousness of The Beach Boys

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    The Recording Studio As A New Tool of Black Empowerment

    Rapper Q-Tip on Sly Stone's ability to create unique funk productions as his own producer.

    The Recording Studio As A New Tool of Black Empowerment

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    Producing Joni Mitchell Isn’t Realistically Possible

    Producer Peter Asher explores the unique talents of musical innovator Joni Mitchell.

    Producing Joni Mitchell Isn’t Realistically Possible