Directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeffrey Dupre

SOUNDBREAKING explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, the series explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. As new recording technologies and techniques have given way to new forms and styles—and extended their reach to a mass audience—music has become a literal source of identity, entwining itself with history and memory, and defining generations to themselves.


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  • ★★★★ review by Aaron King on Letterboxd

    There is so much musical knowledge in this doc that it left me wanting more and to go back and listen to these wonderful albums.

  • ★★★★★ review by Benny on Letterboxd

    If this doesn't make you want to create music, I don't know what will.

  • ★★★★½ review by Joey Days on Letterboxd

    Sound breaking is a sensational eight-hour documentary showcasing the innovators of recorded music. It is informative, engaging and fun as it peeks into the inside world of the collaboration needed to create great, lasting sonic art.

    It is not linear and certainly not chronological although how the series flows and is edited is fantastic. In particular, the portion on Rick Rubin and how he resurrected the musical career of Johnny Cash is deep and intimate. In addition, the segment on electronic music and synthesizers are equally thrilling. Especially TONTO and Steve Wonder, who created synthesized masterpieces.

    A fun and sensational watch for any fan of music.

  • ★★★★ review by Ty Hanson on Letterboxd

    I laughed, I learned, I loved it.

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