Abbey Road Studios

“Painting with Sound” 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, episode 2 charts the evolution of multi-track recording, and reveals how recording artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Pink Floyd used their imagination and ingenuity to transform the sound of popular music.

Featured Stories:

  • 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 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
  • Song List

    • 1. Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – The Beatles
    • 2. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
    • 3. Bodysnatchers – Radiohead
    • 4. More than A Feeling – Boston
    • 5. How High the Moon – Les Paul and Mary Ford
    • 6. Daybreak Express – Duke Ellington
    • 7. Saw Her Standing there – The Beatles
    • 8. Rain – The Beatles
    • 9. Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Group
    • 10. Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
    • 11. Wouldn’t it Be Nice – The Beach Boys
    • 12. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
    • 13. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
    • 14. Within You Without You – The Beatles
    • 15. A Day in the Life – The Beatles
    • 16. Breathe (In the Air) – Pink Floyd
    • 17. On the Run – Pink Floyd
    • 18. Eclipse – Pink Floyd
    • 19. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
    • 20. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
    • 21. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
    • 22. Who’s That Girl – Eurythmics
    • 23. Love is a Stranger – Eurythmics
    • 24. Loser – Beck
    • 25. Flume – Bon Iver
    • 26. Towers – Bon Iver
    • 27. Bizness – tUnE-yArDs
    • 28. Lotus Flower – Radiohead
    • 29. Give up the Ghost – Radiohead