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'Soundbreaking' to premiere on AETN Nov. 14

Posted 15 Nov 2016

'Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music,' an eight-episode PBS series that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world, will debut on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Monday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m.

'Soundbreaking' was the last project produced by legendary music producer Sir George Martin, six-time Grammy Award winner, recipient of the Recording Academy Trustees Award and producer of more than 50 number-one hit records added, who passed away March 8. The series 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. From the invention of the microphone to the Moog synthesizer, from the phonograph to digital streaming, 'Soundbreaking' moves between past and present to tell the stories behind the sounds and reveals how innovation redefined not only what people listen to and how they listen to it, but the very sense of what music is and can be. Viewers of all ages will hear the songs they love in a whole new way.

'Music is the only common thread and universal language that binds us together regardless of race, nationality, age or income,' Sir George Martin said of the project prior to his passing. 'And recorded music is how we experience it and what makes it accessible.

''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.' 

The series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, Roger Waters, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Barry Gibb, Elton John, Debbie Harry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lindsey Buckingham, Rosanne Cash, Don Was, Steven Van Zandt, Sheila E, Questlove, Ben Harper, Billy Idol, Beck, Imogen Heap, Darryl McDaniels, RZA, Bon Iver, Nile Rodgers, Nigel Godrich, Q-tip, Brian Eno, Mark Ronson, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti and more. 

The television series is the centerpiece of a multi-platform project that includes an extensive educational outreach initiative in partnership with PBS, The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE and The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. An interactive website and companion book also accompany the series.

Organized thematically, each episode of 'Soundbreaking' tells stories of pop music icons using their determination, ingenuity and guts to create works of art that have touched many. Stories within the episodes include:

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).