Polyrhythms are the simultaneous use of two conflicting rhythms.
Two separate numbers of beats pulsing regularly during a period of time.
The two most basic patterns of polyrhythms are 2:3(two against three) and 3:2(three against two).
The Following diagrams will help to demonstrate these polyrhythms.
Each beat is represented as a vertical line on the diagram.
Figure 1 shows 2:3 and Figure 2 shows 3:2.
I developed a basic 2:3 pattern to create the rhythmic foundation of gVesper Over the Siberian Skyh which is shown in Figure 3.
The meter of this song is 9/8; meaning one measure has 9 beats.
The number 9, which is an odd number, cannot to be divided evenly.
However, these 9 beats have been cut in half (4.5) and both of these have 3 beats in them.
gToward Siriush is based on 3:2 and was made a little more complicated by a longer cycle of polyrhythms, which goes over two 4/4 measures.
Figure 4 shows this.
So you might be thinking why Ifm explaining such a concept to you.
I am showing one of the most excellent compositional techniques in existence to you!
Through polyrhythmic music, we can experience a different kind of emotion than we canft find in regular music.
Personally, I really enjoy experiencing these emotions.
From 1995 to 2000, I have been obsessed with polyrhythms.
gSo Far So Longh gAll The Flowersh and gLogan Airport Terminal Bh are songs from gTake Zeroh which are composed as polyrhythmic tunes.
gJinchougeh gLeisure Pleasure Treasureh and some parts of gRequiemh from gTake Oneh have polyrhythms in their rhythmic structures.
gVesper Over The Siberian Skyh and gToward Siriush were the last two pieces of my career as a polyrhythmic composer.
I have tried to improvise on the piano on these tunes in many gigs in Tokyo and I find it very difficult.
They demand a lot, including an extremely solid time feel, a high level of technique on an instrument, so on, and so forth.
On top of all this I have felt that most listeners are not interested in polyrhythms.
In conclusion, I have resigned as a composer of polyrhythmic pieces and gave up my dream of being an expert on polyrhythms.
Music is a very mysterious thing.@
Music is so hard to comprehend that I am still puzzled by the fact that I can communicate with listeners by means of playing an instrument.
Music itself doesnft have any meaning but communion occurs wherever there is music.
Because music is so mysterious, I think the easiest explanation is that a goddess of music is somewhere in this world and she is constantly watching and listening to all music in the world.
She seems to be whimsical, not having any strict rules, and changing her mood like a butterfly flying back and forth.
Sometimes she helps and sometimes she doesnft.
I have experienced this for myself as well, sometimes she helps me and other times she doesnft.
She most probably has rules when it comes to helping people, but I am unaware of what they are.
Ultimately, all I can expect is that there will be communion between you and me through your listening to this CD and also wishing the goddessf mercy on me!