Tells the story of how electricity has been harnessed and channeled to create new and never-before-heard sounds, tracing both the chain reaction unleashed by the invention of the electric guitar and the evolution of synthesized music.
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Dermot Mulroney ... Narrator (voice)
Roger Daltrey ... Himself
Roger Waters ... Himself
Steven Van Zandt ... Himself
Mickey Hart ... Himself
Glyn Johns ... Himself
George Benson ... Himself
Jeff Beck ... Himself
Hans Zimmer ... Himself
Gary Giddins Gary Giddins ... Himself
Peter Huttlinger Peter Huttlinger ... Himself
Ben Harper ... Himself
Jack White ... Himself
Honeyboy Edwards ... Himself (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
B.B. King ... Himself
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The fourth episode in our series tells the story of the most elemental force in recording--electricity--and the musical revolution it sparked. Highlighting the way in which electricity has been harnessed and channeled to create new and never-before-heard sounds, Going Electric traces both the chain reaction unleashed by the invention of the electric guitar and the evolution of synthesized music. From Delta blues to Chicago blues to The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, from Stevie Wonder and The Who to EDM, Episode Four looks at the process by which science and engineering becomes sound, and reveals the power of technology to continuously redefine what we mean when we say the word "music."

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17 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Electric: But Way More Than Guitar
7 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode starts out with the history of amplification. The electric guitar is a relatively new instrument, brought about by the need to be heard. At first it was used for playing chords for big bands until some black performers like Albert King began to solo with them. But the guitar was just the beginning. Electronics meant the ability to create sounds that had never been heard before. Enter foot pedals and distortion pedals and the likes of Jimi Hendrix ,and music was off on a whole new direction. Finally came the Moog Synthesizer and all its incarnations, a monster with wires hanging out, looking like a switchboard for an old telephone system. Of course, eventually the thing moved into the use of computer technology. I was surprised how much Stevie Wonder was able to use the new devices to enhance and create his music. Excellent.


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