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Classic Pop APRIL/MAY 2017 - by Mark Lindores
SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC
Originally broadcast in the UK on Sky Arts, Soundbreaking gets a DVD release - and, as if this star-studded documentary series wasn't definitive enough, it's now available in this Director's Cut format, complete with bonus footage.
An exhaustive look at music and the evolution of its creation, production, promotion and consumption in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Soundbreaking is an eight-part series divided into episodes focusing on writing, production, the studio, the voice, technology, videos, music formats and sampling, drawing on enthralling vintage footage interspersed with over one hundred and fifty new interviews with luminaries ranging from Paul McCartney to Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder and Mark Ronson, all dispensing invaluable stories about the creative process.
Executive-produced by the late Sir George Martin, it's a masterclass that lifts the lid on studio trickery and offers fresh insights into a century's worth of innovation, from Les Paul's guitar multi-tracking to the dancefloor-fuelled rise of disco, the poverty-driven inception of rap, and the use of sampling. Whatever your personal taste, be it pop, rock, soul, dance, metal or rap, Soundbreaking probably has it covered.