Share this news

The last project that George Martin worked on before his death was the PBS docu series Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recording Music, which premieres on the network on November 14th.

The programme brings together new conversations with various musicians and producers, and archival footage as it examines the history of studio recording and the stories behind the making of some of the most celebrated albums and songs in pop and rock history. The series also takes a look at the many innovations that affected the sound of popular music.

Artists interviewed for Soundbreaking include Elton, Joni Mitchell, Roger Waters, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Barry Gibb, Debbie Harry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lindsey Buckingham, Rosanne Cash, Don Was and Steven Van Zandt.

“Music is the only common thread and universal language that binds us together regardless of race, nationality, age or income. And, recorded music is how we experience it and what makes it accessible,” said Martin in a statement about the series. ” ‘Soundbreaking’ afforded me the opportunity to tell the story of the creative process of so many of the artists I have worked with throughout my life.”

Soundbreaking is scheduled to air weekdays on PBS stations from November 14 through November 23, at 10 p.m. ET. The second broadcast, on November 15, is called Painting With Sound. This episode chronicles a watershed event in the history of music: the moment when the recording studio itself effectively became an instrument and gave rise to sounds that could never be reproduced live. Beginning with the advent of magnetic tape and multi-tracking technology, Painting With Sound charts the evolution of multi-track recording, and reveals how recording artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Pink Floyd used their imagination and ingenuity to transform the sound of popular music.

Elton, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Rick Rubin, and Tony Visconti are among the interviewees. In addition, the Eurythmics talk about recording their first album at home on a simple analog machine instead of in a big traditional studio setting.