The Uneven Staircase

November 13, 2022 7:32 PM

Careful, it has odd time signatures.

posted by ignignokt (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Is this Disquiet Junto 0-5-6-7? That was the first one to interest me in a while because of the math involved, and that I find it alternately impossible or natural to follow weird time signatures, while listening or playing.

Suffice it to say I fell down the stairs
posted by not_on_display at 7:55 PM on November 13


Haha, get well soon!

It was made exactly for that challenge! I have a similar relationship with odd time signatures. I find it hard to play in odd time signatures unless I've accidentally started doing it as a result of jamming without a backing beat.
posted by ignignokt at 7:05 AM on November 14


Yeah, beat or no beat, whether I'm doing a progression or a medley, I always lose track somewhere, my mind wanders, and then I'm like, "wait did i just put an extra beat in there to even it off?" I need a steady beat to keep me in line, or I have to count really loudly in my head and play whatever on autopilot—that's kinda when it comes out best though because then I don't really pay attention to the rhythm I am strumming or whatever with my body, because I am counting the rhythm with my brain.

There is a disconnect which just has to happen, however it happens, and it rarely comes if forced.
posted by not_on_display at 10:42 PM on November 14


oof! love how this goes way off-piste 3 mins or so in. time signatures aside, i've been wondering lately, does music have a word to describe these rising/falling lines evident in the bass - there's a certain unpredictability to it but it has a very strong characteristic that i associate with certain kinds of - umm - i want to say metal but i'm probably wrong because my knowledge of guitar music genres and sub-genres is not much above zero. but it tends to be acts that aren't afraid of instrumentals and having a darker sounding edge. i'm not aware of hearing these done in anything other than guitar-led bands.

blimey, am i making any sense at all?
posted by nthdegx at 4:10 AM on November 17


I recognize that sort of bassline as distinct trope, too, but I don't know what they're called. I'm mostly a metal guitar player, so I've kind of osmosed it. Though I think my earliest memory of this kind of thing was in Saint-Saen's Marche Militaire Francais, in which the entire string section does a bunch of those drops. It's way less intense in these recordings than I remember, though.
posted by ignignokt at 8:20 AM on November 17


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