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Beat-feel naming convention

standard description for rhythmic "feel"
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Terminology for rhythmic "feel" is really hard to agree on without powerful standard measuring devices like computers. As a result, rhythmic compositions are not named or commodified as regularly as melodic and chordal compositions are. Now that we have powerful measuring devices like computers, a standards body should get together and initiate a naming convention so that the spirit can be sucked out of global tribal rhythmic composition and it can be commodified and placed on the wall of Target and Wallmart and CVS so that cud- chewing Americans can use their collective capitalistic discernment to take over from the ancestors, the spiritual guidance of the heartbeat of the world.

So I think they do this in Indian music but only as a linguistic way to more easily memorize rhythms that are already easy to notate. This standard for beat naming would come up with naming conventions for the the "feel" of rhythms that are more easily measured by a computer and for which humans have not come up with a precisely descriptive naming convention already. So there would possibly be a distinction between a measure where the player is swinging consistently at 27 percent of the beat and a measure where the player varies the swing from 24 percent to 32 percent etc. These naming conventions could start out by being agreed on by human intuition first and then measured with computers to increase the precision of the language. Then later there could be a filing system so that tribal beats that fall into one or another convention can be sold to the highest bidder.

JesusHChrist, May 01 2016


       Please link up youtube demonstrating some of these unnamed rhythmic compositions. I do not know what it means to be swinging consistently at 27% of the beat but maybe I will grok if I hear it.
bungston, May 02 2016

       More simply there would be a name for a 27 percent swing and one for a 28 percent swing. But rather than just notate the whole thing with a computer there could be worked out language to precisely describe individual contributions to schools of rhythmic flavor.
JesusHChrist, May 02 2016


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