Art Of Album Making Examined In ‘Soundbreaking’

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Your favorite sounds have a story, and, in most cases, those stories ripened behind the knobs of a soundboard.

Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is an eight-episode documentary that investigates the tales behind some of the most important albums in pop culture history. The series, which was produced by PBS and with the late Sir George Martin, will broadcast on WOUB-TV Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 and Nov. 21 through Nov. 23 at 10 p.m.

WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke with one of the show’s directors and producers, Maro Chermayeff, about the making of the epic series, which includes over 150 interviews from a diverse array of musicians and producers. The series was crafted largely by the late Sir George Martin, who passed away earlier this year.

“It’s really exciting to see the art of making a record being examined like this,” said Eddie Ashworth, an associate professor of music production and recording industry studies at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Communication. “A lot of people don’t really have much of a concept of what the actual process of making a record entails; the artistry that goes into it. Records don’t just happen; there are so many choices and creative decisions that are made and blind alleys you go down and detours that one encounters while making a record.”