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Soundbreaking

Soundbreaking

Get an in-depth look at the art of music recording and how it has evolved. The last project of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the programs feature more than 150 exclusive and original interviews.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/cbmUf7XCXo8S7TxajnUJyQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false “I Am My Music” shifts the focus from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that defined that experience. From vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its own. /episodes/get/48620 /episode/48620 I Am My Music /episode-player/48620

From LPs to cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s, discover how listening formats determine how and where we listen, and also the ways we collect, store and share the music we love; featuring Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Air date:
Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/z-3raVkN2JEgT8imST-JOg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Sound and Vision tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video's role in the popular music of today. /episodes/get/48562 /episode/48562 Sound and Vision /episode-player/48562

Trace the rise of MTV and see how music videos transformed our experience of music - from David Bowie, Devo and Madonna to the Eurythmics and Nirvana. Learn how a marketing tool became an art form and a powerful mediator between artist and audience.

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Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:00
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Thu Oct 31st, 9:00pm
Fri Nov 1st, 1:00am
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/wDyKzeUUw-5XFbvV-_dZEg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false "The World is Yours" looks at a musical revolution that was not only inspired by recording but born from its history: the art of sampling—a kind of musical equivalent of Adam's rib. Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop (Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, Rick Rubin), the episode tracks the... /episodes/get/48528 /episode/48528 The World is Yours /episode-player/48528

Meet the pioneers of hip hop and explore how sampling - the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records-created a new genre of music that took over the world; including Public Enemy, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Beck and more.

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Mon, 11/21/2016 - 12:00
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Thu Oct 24th, 9:00pm
Fri Oct 25th, 1:00am
Sun Oct 27th, 4:00am
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Chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beat box and beyond - from Little Richard and James Brown to disco with the Bee Gees, EDM and Beyonce. Witness the endless experimentation that transformed the bedrock of all music.

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Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:00
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Thu Oct 17th, 9:00pm
Fri Oct 18th, 1:00am
Sun Oct 20th, 4:00am
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/jAvGrg80yAt4OsgJidfdew==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false “Going Electric” tells the story of how electricity has been harnessed and channeled to create new and never-before-heard sounds, tracing both the chain reaction unleashed by the invention of the electric guitar and the evolution of synthesized music. /episodes/get/48426 /episode/48426 Going Electric /episode-player/48426

From the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new sounds. Evaluate the power of technology to continuously redefine music, from Delta blues to the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo.

Air date:
Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:00
WGBY 57/HD
Thu Oct 10th, 9:00pm
Fri Oct 11th, 1:00am
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Celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture--the vocal track. Consider the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great; with Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera.

Air date:
Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:00
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