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The Nature of Multiple Rhythms and Polyrhythms

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Polyrhythmicity in Language, Music and Society

Part of the book series: Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education ((CSTE,volume 12))

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Most rhythms are conceived of as singular and regular, driven by a recognizable beat. The present book suggests that such a perception of rhythm is over-simplistic and is framed by an over-dependence on metricality or clock time. Generally, we do not see, nor are we attuned to, relative rhythmic relations. In a multi-layered or polyrhythmic sound world, rhythms are more complex. One is laid upon another, so that the experience of multiple rhythms is a matter of attuning oneself to different levels of time arrangement. Conventional time might be represented by a regular beat; an irregular pulse-based rhythm might be added and then a further rhythmic pattern captured in melody or some other aspect of a musical composition. In this chapter, ‘polyrhythmicity’ is explored in more depth, with reference to circadian rhythms and additive rhythms in free verse. The chapter then works towards a theory of rhythmic relations.

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Andrews, R. (2021). The Nature of Multiple Rhythms and Polyrhythms. In: Polyrhythmicity in Language, Music and Society. Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education, vol 12. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-0566-6_2

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