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Odd Meter Concept


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Informative and useful - thanks for posting.

 

I think odd meters work when the fact that it's odd doesn't jump out at the listener.

 

Jethro Tull's "Living in the Past" is a good example. It is in five but it's so smooth that it "feels good" and you have to count it out to realize that it is indeed "odd."

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I like strange rhythm. sometimes clunky lopiness works if the harmonic/melodic movement works commensurately. Jagged Greek stuff with trick melodic landings FI.

While it's all 2s or 3s, how you feel rhythm is the key factor. Rite of Spring counted in 4/4 for instance. Now you have a "premise" for all the micro divisions. You can prioritize rhythm any way the numbers add up.

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