Four on the Floor

Soundbreaking

Episode 5 | Official Trailer

Aired: 2016-11-19 03:00:00 0:30 Rating: TV-PG

“Four on the Floor” gives a look at rhythm in music, the pulse that stirs our senses.

About the Episode

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 in its core, the very bedrock of all music. Charting the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beatbox and beyond––from Little Richard and James Brown to disco and EDM.

Nile Rodgers, lead guitarist and co-founding member of Chic, is a record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist.Nile Rodgers, lead guitarist and co-founding member of Chic, is a record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist.Colin Finlay

Featured Stories/Artists:

  • Producers The Dream and Tricky Stewart talk about writing and recording Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”
  • James Brown and his use of rhythm
  • The Disco Era: Chic, Donna Summer, and the Bee Gees
  • Post Disco: Blondie, Madonna and the sounds of the 80s
  • The rise of Electronic Dance Music

Four on the Floor Playlist

Please sign into your Spotify account to stream this Soundbreaking playlist. | pbsofficial on Spotify

More from Soundbreaking

Previously on Episode 4

Previously on Episode 4

“Going Electric” explores how amps and electrification transformed sound.

Next on Episode 6

Next on Episode 6

"The World is Yours" looks at the art of sampling and the musical revolution it inspired.

| Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
Choose Station
When to watch

Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Local Station:

Choose Station

Streaming on:

Your purchase supports PBS and helps make our programming possible.

PBSLearningMedia.jpg

Support your local PBS station