Directors Michael Coleman and Emmanuel Moran shoot a documentary “for music fans to rediscover the intricacies and details available in the sounds of their favorite recordings.” The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice….

It’s the most famous drum break in the history of recorded sound and like most old samples, none of the musicians involved have received a single penny for their efforts. Until now. “Amen Brother” was a composition performed by 60s soul band The Winstons and, more specifically, the “Amen break” performed by Gregory Cylvester “G. C.” Coleman. The 6-second break inadvertently formed the percussive foundations…

This 1978 disco episode of 60 Minutes is our Throwback Thursday presentation, starring Studio 54. A year before some racist folks tried to kill disco, Dan Rather of 60 Minutes presented an episode on the disco movement. The hub of disco during its heyday was of course Studio 54 and the infamous nightclub acts as the documentary’s focal point but you also get an interesting…

Richard Pryor’s appearances in the Wattstax documentary of 1973 are the focus of our Throwback Thursday feature this week. In 1972, record exec Al Bell oversaw the Wattstax festival, a one-day event brought together in the aftermath of the Watts Riots that took place in 1965 in Los Angeles and held during its 7th anniversary. The documentary itself showed performances from the event by the…

Charting the development of electronic music up until the 70s, BBC documentary The New Sound Of Music is our Saturday Matinée feature. It’s strange to think that synthesizers, some of them now the size of your hand, were monstrous machines that you needed a house to fit them in and the price of a mortgage to afford. Back then, these contraptions were state of the art…

Upon Frankie Knuckles sad passing, this week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the genre he fathered in documentary series Pump Up the Volume: The History of House Music. Firstly, I’d like to say RIP to Frankie Knuckles on behalf of everyone at Sampleface. His work and efforts in pioneering house music and sticking another pin in Chicago on the musical map should never been overlooked….

We go back to Shoreditch in 1969 and take a look at their experimental music school, teaching children about the methods of then-contemporary music. Needless to say, this is the mother of all Throwback Thursdays we’ve shown you. Music in 1969 was epitomised by the likes of John Lennon, Woodstock, David Bowie and King Crimson but the technological advances within electronic music were becoming more…