Watch: Episode 2 of PBS' 'Soundbreaking' Charts The Recording Studio's Many Evolutions
On Monday, PBS debuted their new eight-part documentary series Soundbreaking, beginning with a thorough examination of the holy bond between producer and songwriter, featuring contributions and testimonies from Q-Tip, Questlove, and Quincy Jones. And those were just the Q's!
Last night the show premiered its second installment, "Painting With Sound," where the evolution of the studio is charted from Les Paul's multi-track innovations to The BeatlesSgt. Peppers LP, an album famously and deliberately made with the intention of not being able to reproduce those sounds anywhere but the studio chambers. With words from Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Bon Iver and the gamut sonic experimentalists, contemporary and classic, you learn just how the studio transformed into a full-form instrument in its own right.
Watch the latest installment of PBS' Soundbreaking in the player below and tune-in tonight at 10pm for the new episode, "The Human Instrument," focusing on the development of the vocal track and the respective game-changers throughout recorded music history. You can also watch it for free via PBS' website. Now you can never say that your tax dollars haven't been put towards genuine life enrichment.