Music has been a constant in human history, an intermingling of voice and instrument that for all its local variation and increasing sophistication nevertheless endured in more or less the same form for centuries. Then came recording - and music was forever transformed. Soundbreaking, an eight-part event television series, traces this ongoing sonic revolution, and explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives.
Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, Soundbreaking charts a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. From the Beatles' groundbreaking use of multi-track technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling, the series highlights the dynamic tension between the artificial and the natural - between the man-made and the god-given - and explores the way in which that tension has continuously redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be. In the end, Soundbreaking makes us hear the songs we love in a whole new way, and illuminates the sonic alchemy by which the music we listen to becomes a fundamental part of who we are.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Soundbreaking - Steven Van Zandt - Netflix
Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician and actor, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin. He is also known for his roles on television dramas such as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos (1999–2007) and Frank Tagliano / Giovanni “Johnny” Henriksen on Lilyhammer (2012–2014). Van Zandt also has had his own solo band called Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, active on and off since the 1980s. In 2014, Van Zandt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.
Soundbreaking - TeachRock - Netflix
The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock initiative brings rich educational materials to teachers and students everywhere – at no cost. The lesson plans and resources at TeachRock allow a one-of-a-kind, multimedia experience that helps young people connect the history of popular music to classroom work across the disciplines. From social studies and language arts to geography, media studies, science, general music, and more: TeachRock has engaging and meaningful material for every classroom. TeachRock is a collaborative endeavor, strengthened by strategic partnerships. Various organizations and institutions donate time, talent, and resources to the project, including: ABC News Video Source, National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), New York University, Reelin' In The Years, Rock's Back Pages, Scholastic Corporation, and The GRAMMY Museum. TeachRock's general Lesson Plan Collections Current Partnership Lessons with TeachRock: Soundbreaking - Stories from the Cutting Edge of Music PBS series The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years documentary by Ron Howard Little Kids Rock children's music lessons
Soundbreaking - References - Netflix