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Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

A new eight-part series | Weeknights Nov. 14–23 at 10:00 p.m. on KCTS 9

November 9, 2016
This blog post was created by KCTS 9 marketing and communications intern Danielle P. in collaboration with KCTS 9 staff.     
This November, KCTS 9 will be airing a new eight-part series about the art and evolution of music recording and its extraordinary impact on our modern world.  The series features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with a variety of acclaimed artists and producers from throughout the music industry. 
Episode 1: The Recording Artist
Monday, Nov. 14, 10:00 p.m.
The first episode of Soundbreaking is about the role of the music producer and how different producers use their unique recording styles to interpret an artist’s vision and help turn it into a popular song. The episode features several celebrated producers, including Dr. Dre, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty and the legendary Sir George Martin.
Episode 2: Painting With Sound
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 10:00 p.m.
The studios where artists record their songs can have a significant effect on the end result. Episode 2 explores the role of the recording studio and charts the evolution of multi-track recording through the years. Featured artists include The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.
Episode 3: The Human Instrument
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10:00 p.m.
When it comes to popular music, many people agree that amazing vocals are a big part of what makes a song great. This episode explores the strong emotional quality of the human voice and the powerful effect that it has on listeners. Featured vocalists include Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera. 
Episode 4: Going Electric
Thursday, Nov. 17, 10:00 p.m.
Episode 4 focuses on something critical to the rock star brand: the amplification and electrification of instruments. From the invention of the electric guitar to today’s synthesizers, new developments in technology allow artists to generate new and never-before-heard sounds. This episode features musicians who have been on the cutting edge of technology, including The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo. 
Episode 5: Four on the Floor
Friday, Nov. 18, 10:00 p.m. 
From the drums to the beatbox to EDM, rhythm and beat have evolved, yet they continue to connect with audiences. In this episode, viewers will explore rhythm’s unique ability to make people want to get up and dance. Little Richard, James Brown, the Bee Gees and Beyoncé are among the artists whose music has this effect on listeners.
Episode 6: The World Is Yours
Monday, Nov. 21, 10:00 p.m.
This episode focuses on hip-hop and the art of music sampling. The two forms have intertwined over the past 40 years to create a new genre of music popular worldwide.  Learn how hip-hop is more than just rap and R&B, and music sampling is more than just taking parts of other songs.  Featured in this episode are Public Enemy, Beck, The Beastie Boys and Run DMC. 
Episode 7: Sound and Vision
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 10:00 p.m.
Music videos first began as a promotional tool, but they have evolved to become nearly as important as the songs themselves. Sources like MTV made it possible for artists to provide their listeners with a visual to emphasize the message they intend to convey in a song. See how this new style of showcasing music has transformed the entire listening experience. 
Episode 8: I Am My Music
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 10:00 p.m.
The final episode of the Soundbreaking series explores how the different formats used to distribute music — LPs, cassettes, CDs and MP3s — have changed over time. It also reveals how each format shapes our overall experience with the music and our ability to collect, store and share the music we most enjoy. Artists featured in this episode include Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis. 




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