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Malcolm Cecil is one of more than 150 artists featured in the SOUNDBREAKING series airing on PBS in November 2016.
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Malcolm Cecil is one of more than 150 artists featured in the SOUNDBREAKING series airing on PBS in November 2016.

Airs Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Series Features Over 150 Artists

SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC is an eight-episode PBS series that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world.

The series was the last project produced by legendary music producer Sir George Martin, who passed away on March 8, 2016.

It combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers and innovators from across the music spectrum, with rare archival studio footage and an extensive soundtrack, to deliver one of the most wide-ranging series on the art of music recording.

Charting a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation in the creation of music, SOUNDBREAKING offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of new sounds.

A soundboard
Courtesy of Robert Essel
A soundboard

From the invention of the microphone to the Moog synthesizer, from the phonograph to digital streaming, the series moves between past and present to tell the stories behind the sounds and reveals how innovation redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be.

Viewers of all ages will hear the songs they love in a whole new way.

Episode 4: "Going Electric" - From the invention of the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new and never-before-heard sounds.

This episode reveals the power of technology to continuously redefine music, from Delta blues to The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo.


Only clips from the series are available to view on demand.

Each SOUNDBREAKING episode was made available for next-day digital purchase following its broadcast via multiple platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Hulu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and Sony Interactive Entertainment.

The series is available on DVD and Blu-ray at The hardcover book is also available for purchase.


SOUNDBREAKING is on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and you can follow @soundbreaking on Twitter. #Soundbreaking

Soundbreaking | Trailer

"The eight-part series explores the art of music recording

This series premiered on KPBS in November 2016.