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Crank up the volume as we go behind the power chords and pounding rhythms to celebrate the innovations that made rock 'n' roll what it is today. Join us as we explore the instruments, special effects, and moments of inspiration that gave the world vinyl, electric guitars, synthesizers, digital singles, and even laser shows. Music legends Martha Reeves, Dave Davies, and others share their insights, all accompanied by the classic and modern hits that have provided the soundtrack to our lives.

Genres: History | Music
Station: Smithsonian Channel (US)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Ended
Start: 2017-01-16

Rock 'N' Roll Inventions Air Dates

S01E03 - Sultans of Sound Air Date: 31 January 2017 01:00 -

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Enter the rooms where artistry and technology meet and new sounds take shape and become immortalized: the recording studio. Travel from England to the United States and visit the world's most iconic studios, from Abbey Road to Motown to Sun to Capitol. Here, legendary bands and artists made music history under the guidance of innovative super-producers, using the latest inventions, from multitracks to stereo and beyond, changing music forever.

S01E04 - Rise of Keyboards Air Date: 07 February 2017 01:00 -

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From the 1960s to the present, synthesized sounds have played a huge part in shaping music, often to the dismay of rock 'n' roll traditionalists. Join us as we follow the rise of the electric keyboard, from the fringes of modern music to the mainstream, and how these futuristic instruments remain a part of today's most popular acts. Music legends Moby, Booker T. Jones, Andy Summers, Gary Numan and more share their personal stories about working with, and being part of, one of the biggest revolutions in rock 'n' roll.

S01E05 - Special EFX Air Date: 14 February 2017 01:00 -

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Nearly every day, new special effects burst onto the music scene, each one expanding the sound of rock 'n' roll. Join us as we explore how new effects, developed in recording studios and in the homes of producers, transformed today's popular music, from bouncing echoes off tiled-bathroom walls to stretching tape tracks to sampling any sound ever recorded. Interviews with top music producers, historians, and performers such as Andy Summers and Moby take us through decades of new innovations that expanded musical boundaries.

S01E06 - Stage to Spectacle Air Date: 21 February 2017 01:00 -

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Today's concerts aren't just about live music. They are visual extravaganzas, driven by innovation and teams of technicians. But half a century ago, performances happened on town bandstands, without light shows, choreography, and speaker towers. Witness the evolution of the rock concert and see how the music industry continues to push technology to its limits to wow audiences in amazing ways. Footage of pioneering concerts, festivals, and tours, plus interviews with legendary artists and producers, give you front row seats and backstage access.

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