Painting with Sound


Episode 2 | Official Trailer

Aired: 2016-11-16 03:00:00 0:30 Rating: TV-PG

"Painting with Sound" reveals how the recording studio itself became an instrument.

About the Episode

The second episode in our series 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, and charting its evolution from the four or eight tracks used by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, to the sixteen- and twenty-four track productions created by Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, to the digital innovations that today fuel the work of artists such as Beck, Bon Iver, and Radiohead, "Painting with Sound" traces the birth and development of a new art formone wholly distinct from what throughout all prior human history had been meant and understood by the word music.

Fleetwood Mac group photo in Los Angeles, 1977.Fleetwood Mac group photo in Los Angeles, 1977.Sam Emerson/Polaris

Featured Stories/Artists:

  • George Martin and the Beatles’ groundbreaking work in the recording studio changes pop music forever.
  • Interviews: George Martin, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti, Nigel Godrich
  • Songs: “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Rain” “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “Within You Without You” “A Day in the Life”
  • Brian Wilson takes the Beach Boys to new heights with “Pet Sounds”
  • Interviews: Don Was, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Paul McCartney
  • Songs: “Good Vibrations”, “God Only Knows”, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
  • The story of Fleetwood Mac’s studio experimentation on “Tusk”
  • Interviews:  Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Asher, Stevie Nicks (archive)
  • Songs: “Go Your Own Way”, “Tusk”
  • Pink Floyd on the making of “Dark Side of the Moon”
  • Interviews:  Roger Waters, David Gilmour (archival)
  • Songs: “Money”, “Breathe”, “Eclipse”
  • The Eurythmics talk about recording their first album at home on a simple analog machine instead of in a big traditional studio setting.
  • Interviews: Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox
  • Songs:  “Who’s That Girl”, “Love is a Stranger”
  • Beck, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, and Nigel Godrich, producer of Radiohead, talk about recording in the digital age
  • Songs: “Loser,” by Beck “Bizness” by Tune-Yards, “Lotus Flower” and “Give up the Ghost” by Radiohead

Painting with Sound Song List

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Previously on Episode 1

Previously on Episode 1

"The Recording Artist" profiles some of the greatest record producers of all time.

Next on Episode 3

Next on Episode 3

“The Human Instrument” explores the art and science of recording the human voice.

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