Vinyl record, cassette tape, CD, and MP3; each generation has had its own type of music media. The format used for listening determines how and where we listen, as well as the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Mulroney ... Narrator (voice)
Afrika Bambaataa ... Himself
Chuck Granata Chuck Granata ... Himself
Rudy Van Gelder Rudy Van Gelder ... Himself
Elton John ... Himself
Steven Van Zandt ... Himself
Paul Anka ... Himself
Jeff Beck ... Himself
Roger Daltrey ... Himself
George Martin ... Himself
Jim Rooney Jim Rooney ... Himself
Lamont Dozier ... Himself
Mike Stoller Mike Stoller
Jody Rosen Jody Rosen ... Himself
Don Was ... Himself


Soundbreaking's final episode, I Am My Music, shifts the focus away from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that have shaped and ultimately defined that experience. From vinyl discs to the cassette tape, the CD, and the MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its own--a way of listening that determines not only how and where we listen, but also the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love. What was once an almost tactile experience--a matter of cover art and liner notes and record collections that encapsulated our identity and even telegraphed it to visitors--has now become a blizzard of 0s and 1s, a kind of listening that is at once more intangible, more private, and arguably, by virtue of our nearly limitless access to history's entire catalogue of recorded music, also far more varied than ever before. What remains unchanged is the fundamental miracle of recorded music for the listener: it is ...

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23 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Wonderful Though at Times Unsettling
13 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I'm sad to see this series end. Every once in a while we are presented with something that is absolutely new and educational to us. This series goes into the infrastructure of music, explaining why we respond as we do. But it does not talk down to us. There are expectations of experience as we view the makeup of the popular music world. The eighth and final episode goes to how music has been distributed over the decades. From the Edison Disc and Victrola, to 78 rpm, to LP's, to 45's, and CD's. It ends with a discussion of the downloading phenomena and easy accessibility to just about everything. I am no Luddite, but I do have one issue. I have numerous albums, both vinyl and CD, that are flat out no longer available. Unless you can find a collector, you won't get them on i-tunes or any other services. Especially on small labels featuring garage bands and local groups. Maybe time will take care of this. I have take care to digitize what I have, but if there is something that would have been discovered long ago, I'll never hear it.

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