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Going Electric 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.
If the vocal track is the heart of a song, the rhythm track—the beat—is its body. It is the sonic element that taps into the most primal part of us and makes us want to move. “Four on the Floor” breaks the beat down, and examines the endless experimentation that has taken place at its core, the very bedrock of all music.
“Going Electric” 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.
In this clip from Going Electric, Producer of The Who, Glyn Johns, traces the origins of Baba O’Riley to a unique synthesized rhythm pattern Peter Townsend created as the base for the song. A song that could only have come from the studio became unforgettable live and on record when juxtaposed with the explosive vocals of Roger Daltrey and the guitar, bass and drums of the band.
In Going Electric, Soundbreaking explores the unstoppable chain reaction in the recording studio triggered by plugging in. Giorgio Moroder, The Black Keys’ Patrick Kearney and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl celebrate the new world of electric guitars and synthesizers while Producer Linda Perry and The Who’s Roger Daltrey highlight some of the downsides of turning up the volume.
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