The secret rhythm behind Radiohead's "Videotape"


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  • Joey Ziegler
    Joey Ziegler  21 hours back

    "back boon"

    • Diamond Tiara
      Diamond Tiara  3 days back

      Moom ! Thom is full of the drugs again!

      • Shivvrr CO.
        Shivvrr CO.  6 days back

        this sounds like a recitation of some music theory majors thesis paper

        • Zacharie Nadir
          Zacharie Nadir  1 weeks back

          no thank you

          • Paranoid Android
            Paranoid Android  1 weeks back

            Yeah Warren already covered this . If you want to learn how to play a Radiohead song, visit his channel!

            • Saarthak Monga
              Saarthak Monga  2 weeks back

              bruv he's playing the piano after 1/16th of the drum beat. thats all you had to say

              • rob kirchhof
                rob kirchhof  2 weeks back

                Now explain how it sounds so good to me to play TFS Braindrops at 0.75 speed with Kendrick's King Kunta at 0.5!

                • CallMeBronco
                  CallMeBronco  2 weeks back

                  Hold on wait a minute...
                  If there are only two instruments going and they are both only emphasizing the same beats; then how is anything syncopated at all? If the song changes later (e.g. other instruments enter and emphasize other beats) then you could just as easily say the song was in one rhythm then changed. If the listener has nothing else to go by at the beginning of the song it's impossible to tell otherwise. Only the writers of the song know anything else.

                  • sc cscs
                    sc cscs  2 weeks back

                    like i get it but i still dont get it

                    • Chris Benato
                      Chris Benato  3 weeks back

                      haha syncopation is the most secret of rhythms

                      • Joshua Solomon
                        Joshua Solomon  3 weeks back

                        Lol at explaining 16th notes with triplets playing in the back

                        • Me- Man
                          Me- Man  3 weeks back

                          Jesus and they call these people musicians? can´t play a syncopated beat ;D HAHahhahah

                          FML.. i´m a producer and even i can do it.. this must the problem with too much musical schooling.. you loose touch of your own body and brain.

                          In music class I played syncopated beats when i was 14.

                          • Nes232
                            Nes232  3 weeks back

                            What is Jai Paul?

                            • Johannes Pruess
                              Johannes Pruess  4 weeks back

                              your videos are amazing - again and again! You really love it! Thank you very much.

                              • Jeremy Lindemann
                                Jeremy Lindemann  1 months back

                                I watched this video but I don't get what the illusion or mystery is. It just seems like slightly off timing. Warren Lain keeps adding things that make me more confused.

                                • Terrifying Turnip
                                  Terrifying Turnip  1 months back

                                  Aye yo what’s that Stevie wonder song that played in the video?

                                  • Jonathan Turk
                                    Jonathan Turk  1 months back

                                    Nice one Jeff! Great insight as always.

                                    • cutelittleball
                                      cutelittleball  1 months back

                                      I feel like it's even worse in Bodysnatchers. To this day I do not understand how the intro works. I simply don't get where the beats are. At some point the drums join in, and it always throws me off. It's incomprehensible to my brain for some reason.

                                      • Sam E
                                        Sam E  1 months back

                                        I understand Bodysnatchers now (hopefully it'll lock in for you too!) but I can't understand the beats of Little by Little at all. Neither the downbeats or the offbeats are distinctive enough in my mind to get a sense of it. Some live versions make it clearer but the studio version is confusing

                                    • Ian
                                      Ian  1 months back

                                      It's interesting and it's a great tune but it's not all that complicated, and Radiohead didn't do something here that hasn't been done before. You don't have to understand music theory either to get it either.

                                      • A Hope Fiend
                                        A Hope Fiend  1 months back

                                        HI WARREN !!!

                                        • Commissar Aecun
                                          Commissar Aecun  1 months back

                                          Aint no fibonacci sequence... :P

                                          • Baron Von Lichtenstein
                                            Baron Von Lichtenstein  2 months back

                                            Probably be better if he learned to write lyrics.

                                            • Ranch Davidian
                                              Ranch Davidian  2 months back

                                              Jump scare at 0:23

                                              • Jeremy Stock
                                                Jeremy Stock  2 months back

                                                This is fantastic!

                                                • Afa
                                                  Afa  2 months back

                                                  i really didn't get the idea at all...

                                                  • Claire Rooney
                                                    Claire Rooney  2 months back

                                                    ok this might be the youtube music nerds rubbing off on me but does anyone else hear dies irae in the song?

                                                    • a name
                                                      a name  2 months back

                                                      I learned so many radiohead songs on guitar from Warren lol.

                                                      • Kay Donahue
                                                        Kay Donahue  2 months back

                                                        It does sound like the clicks of a train going down a track. Like the musicians are playing in a train going down the tracks.

                                                        • Robert Clements
                                                          Robert Clements  2 months back

                                                          surely this whole video just highlights how amazing this bad are?

                                                        • Gary Davis
                                                          Gary Davis  2 months back

                                                          if i ever go to a radiohead show and they play this song im gonna start clapping on the real downbeat

                                                          • NATESOR
                                                            NATESOR  2 months back

                                                            how about a video on polyrhythms next?

                                                            • sadetwizelve
                                                              sadetwizelve  3 months back

                                                              Simply put,his rhythm isn't that good. Funk and prog artists wouldn't have a problem with this at all. His rhythm isn't as good as people would think it is.

                                                              • Yareth Dominguez
                                                                Yareth Dominguez  3 months back

                                                                Más subtitulos en español pleaseeeee

                                                                • pimpis0980
                                                                  pimpis0980  3 months back

                                                                  A classical musician or jazzist shouldn’t have any problem finding the syncopation

                                                                  • Danteabad
                                                                    Danteabad  3 months back

                                                                    I love not knowing anything about music.. but learning that Thom Yorke and the rest of the band are simply amazing while they challenge themselves while creating an studio album. Can you talk about Climbing up the Walls tempo and arrangements? is by far one of my favorite songs.

                                                                    • Marcelo Beltran
                                                                      Marcelo Beltran  3 months back

                                                                      Increible trabajo Mil Felicidades 100% profesional

                                                                      • Halv Gud
                                                                        Halv Gud  3 months back

                                                                        Hello lad!

                                                                        • J T
                                                                          J T  3 months back

                                                                          He is pretty much playing the piano in between the beat. End of topic.

                                                                          • Andres Valeriano
                                                                            Andres Valeriano  3 months back

                                                                            this was way more complicated than it needed to be

                                                                            • Quesartillana
                                                                              Quesartillana  3 months back

                                                                              Mathcore bands:* *coughs in preparation* * "Observe."

                                                                            • JT Stonewall Aggie Class of 2004

                                                                              Ugh, audiences clapping/stomping on the 1 & 3, so frustrating!!!!! I really want Jonny's Telecaster as compensation for having to listen to crowds not know to clap/stomp/snap on the 2 & 4.

                                                                              • Erin Panjer
                                                                                Erin Panjer  3 months back

                                                                                Yeah, I liked the effect of this, that it's like a train, that's exactly what I was picturing when I first heard it.

                                                                                • Emad Malik
                                                                                  Emad Malik  3 months back

                                                                                  9:48 for the lowdown

                                                                                  • Garfelo boi
                                                                                    Garfelo boi  3 months back


                                                                                    • yashioman
                                                                                      yashioman  3 months back

                                                                                      No, it means he actually isn’t complex enough. He’s too abstract and anyone that has actually studied Thom and Radiohead would know that instantly.

                                                                                      • Sami Lafi
                                                                                        Sami Lafi  3 months back

                                                                                        am i the only one that isnt struggling with this?

                                                                                        • outerspaceguy1
                                                                                          outerspaceguy1  3 months back

                                                                                          Sami Lafi my same thought throughout the video. I listen to a lot of “metalcore” and prog metal that have crazier rhythms, so maybe that’s why. I’ve played drums in the past, but even then I’m not great. I don’t mean to discredit how interesting this all is, but it’s not that complicated

                                                                                      • Daniel Rühlemann
                                                                                        Daniel Rühlemann  3 months back

                                                                                        nothing difficult. piano is always on the main beats. a little "laid back" played. you find this kinda syncopation in most brazilian tunes.

                                                                                        • David Spinola
                                                                                          David Spinola  4 months back

                                                                                          no hard task thus video is way to exagerated making a big deal out of a simple beat ! people dont understand music not the drummer is not that great !