Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Unedited Version)

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Unedited Version)

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Unedited Version)

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2016-11-14
  • Episodes: 19

Description (Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Unedited Version))

The art and evolution of music recording is one of the 20th century’s great untold stories. Executive Produced by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, this eight-part series combines more than 150 original interviews with rare archival studio footage—and an extensive soundtrack featuring almost 300 songs—to explore the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our lives. Soundbreaking provides unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Debbie Harry, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck D, BB King, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Roger Daltrey, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, RZA, Roger Waters, St. Vincent, Rick Rubin, Bonnie Raitt, Questlove, and Beck. The series explores a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, from the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multitrack technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling. You’ll hear the songs you love in a whole new way.


Title Time Price
1 The Art of Recording 52:45 USD 1.99
2 Painting with Sound 53:44 USD 1.99
3 The Human Instrument 53:44 USD 1.99
4 Going Electric 52:44 USD 1.99
5 Four On the Floor 52:44 USD 1.99
6 The World Is Yours 52:44 USD 1.99
7 Sound and Vision 52:44 USD 1.99
8 I Am My Music 53:15 USD 1.99
9 Sneak Peek: Trailer 02:20 Free
10 Elton John & Sir George Martin in Conver 06:48 Season Only
11 Lester Smith On Microphones 06:52 Season Only
12 Mark Knopfler On Guitars 14:24 Season Only
13 Greg Phillinganes On Stevie Wonder, Quin 09:08 Season Only
14 Paul Anka On “My Way” 07:03 Season Only
15 Linda Perry On “Get This Party Started 05:14 Season Only
16 Les Paul On Charlie Christian 03:27 Season Only
17 Ringo Starr On Drums 11:34 Season Only
18 Roseanne Cash On Sun Records 02:33 Season Only
19 Tom Scholz and His Old Hammond B3 Organ 03:58 Season Only

Trailer (Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Unedited Version))


  • Generally Good

    By twz139
    Most of the series is well done, but by no means an exhaustive documentary of the history of recording, or the cutting edge artists of music technology as much as the successful main stream artists who made good use of the technical changes. However the eigth episode soundtrack has a serious flaw, basically a reverberant / phase issue that makes all the music sound hollow. Inexcusable for a series about audio. Still worth watching and enjoyable otherwise.
  • Freaking Great!

    By faninberkeley
    Chiming in with the other reviewers—this is one of the best documentary series I’ve ever seen. Great interviews, great behind-the-scenes stuff, beautifully shot and edited, and very relevant to the way we listen to music now. Passing on to everyone I know that missed the series on PBS.
  • Great programming

    By tagguy
    Agree with others who said they couldn't believe Soundbreaking didn't get more recognition! Watched the series on PBS and now will enjoy every interview again at my leisure. Worth every penny. A journey through music and the people behind the sounds.
  • Epic

    By rayadito
  • EC

    By Mendozaaaaaaaaa
    We get extra credit for watching this in my class. First episode was educational. Hoping for more hip-hop later.
  • What is this? - UPDATED

    By Dan----
    The full episodes are up now, so I'm updating my review to reflect the content. It's great. I'm really glad this series was created, and that the full episodes were made available on iTunes. If you're into recording technology and music definitely check this series out.
  • Wow how is this not getting more buzz??!!

    By Ghost Of Mbenga
    While scrolling through my Directv hell I accidentally landed on PBS and saw an ad for what I thought was a movie. Turns out it's not a movie BUT AN 8 PART TV SHOW!?!?!?! I watched the first episode but wanted more so I came on here to see if it was available. Christmas came early because I can watch the whole thing!!!! Kudos to the filmmakers behind this genius work of art. Half way through my binge and it's my favorite show of 2016.
  • Awesome Series!!

    By Zadina777
    Wow, if the rest of the episodes are anything like last night's, this series will be amazing! And from the descriptions on the Soundbreaking website, I can tell they will! The previous reviewer's must not have read the fine print that the episodes are available to download the day after they broadcast. So don't worry, you will get your full episode download!