Update: After making the videos available for a couple of weeks, PBS has now taken them down. If you’re really interested in watching Soundbreaking, you can purchase it in DVD format. It’s worth it.
From November 14 through November 23, PBS is airing an eight-part series, Soundbreaking, which explores the art of recording music and the moments when new sounds were born. The series features “more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time,” highlighting the “cutting-edge technology” that transformed the way we make music. You can now stream 3 of the first 8 episodes online, with the rest soon to come. If there are any geo-restrictions, we apologize in advance.
Watch the first episode, “The Art of Recording,” up top. Legendary producers like Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Quincy Jones, Tony Visconti, Rick Rubin and George Martin all make appearances.
A new episode should appear each day. To find them, click here and then scroll down.
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