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Jan 4, 2008 | 4:55 PM EST
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4.6 MB
2 min 33 sec
3.91 / 5.00

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Polyrhythm is the simultaneous sounding of two or more independent rhythms. Polyrhythms can be distinguished from irrational rhythms, which can occur within the context of a single part; polyrhythms require at least two rhythms to be played concurrently, one of which is typically an irrational rhythm.

A simple example of a polyrhythm is 3 evenly-spaced notes against 2, with the 3-beat pattern being faster than the 2-beat pattern, so that they both take the same amount of time. Other simple polyrhythms are 5-2, 5-4, etc. Where one of the parts involves an irrational rhythm, the resulting rhythm could be said to be an "irrational polyrhythm".

Another form of polyrhythm, which might also be termed polymeter, would be phrasing to suggest a different meter than the one being played by the rest of the ensemble. A common example of this in jazz would be phrasing quarter notes in groupings of 3 to suggest 3/4 time while the ensemble plays in 4/4. Compare with hemiola (not a polyrhythm).

[stolen from: iki/Polyrhythms]



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u know that radiohead remix Skttrbrain? this should have been a four tet style remix of Wonderwall

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ericdrebin responds:

Yeah, it was on the 'COM LAG' single/remix thingy. I liked it, but I preferred Cristian Vogel's 'Remyxomatosis' as far as the remixes were concerned. As for 'Wonderwall', I actually forgot all about Oasis. I haven't listened to them in years.