Since the 1960s, musicians from around the world have made pilgrimages to the legendary Hansa studios ("Hansa at the Wall") in Berlin. The recording studio's credits include major albums by David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Luciano Pavarotti, Nick Cave, and U2, among many others. In the fifth and final installment of our shows recorded in Berlin, we learn about Hansa's colorful past. We then travel to a very different space: the KulturBrauerei, a former 19th-century brewery where the acoustic folk-rock band 17 Hippies records their high-energy, danceable music. Finally: hear about the man at the helm of the Berlin Philharmonic: conductor Sir Simon Rattle.
Slideshow: Hansa Studios: Then & NowSoundcheck in Berlin is supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.