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Nice tune Mark! but sounds like 7/8 to me....?

though not a song "gandinga, mondongo y sandunga" is an interesting afro cuban syncopation jam drifting from 6/8 to 4/4 while the bass keeps a syncopated ostinato



On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM, mark francombe <mark@markfrancombe.com> wrote:
I too, love it when a song is played so effortlessly and smoothly that one doesnt even notice the "odd" time sig...
a good example is a bit of a boring song. Golden Brown by the Stranglers has a bit that is 3 bars of 3/4 followed by one bar of.. (???) maybe 5/4

Not particularly famous, but a great band nevertheless was "The Cardiacs" who I was lucky enough to make some (very cheap VHS ) videos for in the 80īs... heres one... is it 5:4 ?


Anyway.. twas difficult to pogo to!!!


On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 3:27 PM, Louie Angulo <louie.angulo@googlemail.com> wrote:
i personally never been interested in mechanical plain odd time signatures for the sake of playing "odd" im more interested in the hidden subtle "blended" ones
this is why i love them within song context,because they still have to be appealing;-)

ok so lets name some of the most memorable tunes or hits that have odd time signatures!
(an odd time hit is a good sign because it means that the average western 4/4 listener probably isnt even aware of the time signature and still dances drunk to a normal 4/4:-)

ill start with one of my old time favorite:

"Solsbury Hill" - Peter Gabriel, The song uses a 7/4 time signature in most of the song but the last two measures of each chorus are in 4/4

"Black Dog" -Led Zeppelin- well this is a real mess;-) 3 bars of 4/4 and one of 5/4 ,then i think in the second part it goes into 10 ive never been completly sure what the hell is going on here (please refer to Rick for this one)
i still cant understand how this one even got any radio play (warning: dont try to dance this one with a girl)

"Thela Hun Ginjeet" - king crimson,i rember hearing this one often in the radio,most instruments on 4/4 but the riff is in 7/8

feel free to add!

On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM, mark francombe <mark@markfrancombe.com> wrote:
On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 1:24 PM, andy butler <akbutler@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
mark francombe wrote:

clever to me, and Im very impressed with the head patting tummy stroking IS 7 beats against 5 a pleasant "musical" sound, if you remove the er... 16ths.. well not 16ths... but you know what I mean?

The trouble with odd times is that people tend to think that getting the notes in right place is *success*,
and leave it at that.

My point entirely!
As a musician I canīt help but be a bit impressed by clever and physically ambidextrous guitarist doing impossible things on a guitar, hell I once looked up on YouTube how to do a shredders sweep... but musically, these performances do tend to make me be a little sick in my mouth.

I actually often LIKE the sound polyrhythms make, but the fact that a musician is doing it ..  alone changes what I hear in it, suddenly Iīm hearing technique and "clever clogs-ness"
Are they playing an instrument, or are they doing 50 push-ups?
If only one could cheat and NOT really do it, but somehow use technology to achieve the same sound, so anyone could do it, if only there was a device that could , oh I dont know, record what you play and repeat it at odd timings, so you didn't have to... that would be wonderful!

mark francombe
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