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Re: Rhythmic Randomness vs. Melodic Randomness
Derek Bailey's solo stuff is incredibly beautiful, to me; but pretty
damn random-sounding rhythmically. No groove whatsoever! But it's still
pleasing, to some people, even though it's melodically random-sounding
too. (I say "-sounding" because he plays in an intuitive way, not random
in some kind of generated sense.)
When it comes to looping, I love varying or random-sounding rhythms that
are repeated, especially when they are layered. I think rhythm and
texture relate in the same way that matter and energy do; it's the same
stuff, but according to circumstances, appear as one or the other.
Simplistic, obviously. I'm no scientist! But a lot of the looping I
enjoy (my own included...) includes all kinds of arrhythmic,
non-groovacious crap that sounds like music, to me, and even seems to
create its own rhythm, though perhaps too complex to beat one's foot to.
I don't think rhythm has to necessarily be consistent, or markedly
present, for good stuff to happen.