Soundbreaking

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.

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The Record Wars and Rock and Roll

03:20

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



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The Era of Private Music Listening

02:59

Engineer Bob Ludwig traces the rise of the cassette tape.

Jimmy Jam: MTV Was White Rock Music Television

03:15

At launch, black artists found themselves excluded from MTV.

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

03:13

Producer Scott Litt and Dave Grohl explore MTV Unplugged.

Questlove: Rappers Delight Was a War of the Worlds Moment

04:31

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

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

01:22

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

Nile Rodgers: The Crowd Where The Music Never Stops

02:18

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