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How Music Works with Howard Goodall - 02 - Rhythm (Full Show)

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Published on Jan 1, 2012

From the moment our hearts start beating, rhythm is integral to us all. From walking to dancing, from clicking our fingers to tapping our toes, we are all programmed to respond to rhythm. In this film Howard looks at the common rhythmic patterns that have been used by musicians from all cultures, from Brahms to rappers, from the founders of Cuban son to Philip Glass, from Stevie Wonder to Fats Waller.

Why do some rhythms make us want to dance, while others make us feel tranquil? How does rhythm 'work' when there is no obvious pulse, as in much classical music? What links African drumming to J S Bach? Why do virtually all popular singers sing ahead of the beat?

And how is it that a tiny Caribbean island has produced a rhythm that dominates popular music the world over?

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Comments • 70

Todd Hooper
what a great ending
Soumya Maradona Ghosh
13 people didn't discover sex till age 60
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MagicDomino
+EdGripology I do apologize... Didn't catch that. lol 
EdGripology
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Isa Gadán
Bossa Nova is from Brazil, not from Cuba. And it is derived from samba, not from son. And the name for the falling ahead of the beat in caribean music is "tumbao". Great show though, makes the ideas really clear!
Justin Chinar
and Caribbean music came africa.
Nelson Naia
Where's Meshuggah?
6laderunner
@neoMacGaelan That's the dumbest thing I've read on Youtube all day, which is no small feat.
Rolf Jander
Great stuff. I learned much. But I totally disagree that humans are the only animals that have rhythm and can dance. Videos on YouTube of dancing Cockatoos clearly show they really do dance to the beat, better than most people. 
Marek M
that moog outro
Todd Hooper
i think the drums actually compliment wagner
Mind Head
so do i . and i don't get the belittling tone that he uses when he states that 'there are many benefits to making the pulse implicit rather than explicit, hiding it away in mind of the listeners rather than SHOVING it on their faces' http://youtu.be/ZZJPnAer7EM?t=5m51s
Bilah M
these series are better than anything i was taught in School...great video!!!!!!
Lou Parousia
Okay, someone please help me. I have been looking for the recording of Honeysuckle Rose used at 24:45. I cannot find it anywhere.
Lou Parousia
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