PBS's <i>Soundbreaking</i>: Hank Shocklee Explains How Recording a Song is Harder Than Turning on Your iPhone
Huffington Post - 4 months
Frank Sinatra records would rarely be confused with Public Enemy records. But the thing to understand about record production, says Hank Shocklee, is that the principle is the same.
Shocklee (above) is one of more than a hundred voices explaining the production mystique in Soundbreaking, an exhaustive eight-part PBS series that launches at 10 p.m. ET Monday.
It was the last project of the late Sir George Martin (below), who is best known for producing the Beatles, and it ropes in artists and producers from Paul McCartney, Elton John and B.B. King to Questlove and Sheila E.
Its sheer length might wear some casual music fans down, but as a look into why so many great records sounded great, it's insightful and invaluable.
This isn't about how the sausage was made. This is about how Sgt. Pepper, Thriller and Fear of a Black Planet were made.
Shocklee is best known for producing some of the most explosive hip-hop albums ever, when he and the aptly named Bomb Squad
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