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From Quintuple and Triple to odd, compound, fractional and other uncommon time signatures

Blarraun

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Electronic Music:
Celestial Terrestrial Commuters - Mahavishnu Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8oXhAnOy4U
Terminator - Brad Fiedel - Main Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpwWYOE3Y9o
Mario Kart N64 - Kenta Nagata - race results
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVdxrERxQo8
Transistor - Darren Korb - In Circles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGMWL8cOeAU
Classical Instruments:
Sketch Op.1 #6 - Alexei Stanchinsky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZgQVGnUWyw
Four Etudes Op.2 #2 - Sergei Prokofiev (The part around 1:07 is lovely)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biyStwgaE3w
Sinfonia #2 - Carlos Chavez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKoq4KOHUEU
 
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Blarraun

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Mainly 5/8 6/8 and 7/8, beautiful work for piano and violin:
6/8 and 5/8 throughout most of the composition:
This is awesome, the percussion meter appears to be 4/4 with forced jumps here and there (track edits and cuts), this made me think of another way of introducing non-standard behaviour. I am now looking for artificially edited/discontinuous musics.
it starts with a bit of cookie cutter weirdo fluff but then settles into an interesting and complex 4/4 at 10:33 and really kicks off for a while :D i wish more songs would sport 4/4, really got a flavour that one.
I'd say the purpose of this thread was to find enjoyable works in uncommon formats and 4/4 is as standard as standard can go :). I like the bass so you are absolved :p.

Also it would be hypocritical of me to try to argue about finding beauty in oddity if I couldn't always tell what time signature is being played and I can't, I can only vouch for some I could check myself or found reliable sources for.
RB said:
I fucking love this thread by the way.
I fckn love your contributions guys. Tool primus and king crimson are great (as expected of staples).
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I like the attempt, though if you break it up so much you can divide the song into most-anything you wish. I guess it was your intention to poke me with 'overt signature hipsterism' :p.
Haha, I could say posting jazz is an easy way, nonetheless this is quality piano play, I like it.
 

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speaking of balkan folk...goran bregovic <3
(im not a time signature expert tbh but these dont sound like they follow a common meter)
I know this CD, but forgot it existed. It's a mix of Gypsy, Polish Highland and Balkan/Romanian folk music, very energetic and well done.

This is actually the piece that made me appreciate Kayah as a singer and appreciate the whole potential folk infractions/collaborations and genius of borrowing ideas and of Bregovic himself in this.
It seems much of the central european folk music relies on syncopation.
Called "The world's ugliest music", undeserved title.
Pattern free and yet they only scramble the pairs. It's more of an analysis of typical music than attempted pattern free piece. They raise valid points though, so kudos for mathematics.
my music theory sucks but this certainly seems uncommon:
This is very strong, as expected :p. So what happens here is that there's a bit of recursion going on. Starts off with a normal 4/4, then adds 2/4 with every repetition. Gives it a syncopated effect and a bit of a waltzy formula.
10/8: lamma bada yatathanna...song from andalusian times

intro is 4/4 then turns to 10/4: ya rayah(famous traditional algerian song...beautiful lyrics too)
Thank you for posting these gems. It's certainly something I've had very little contact with and wouldn't have found it on my own. I think it's a culture I should spend more time exploring.

Here's a very engaging piece with atypical ideas:
6/8 from 4:40, the old castle
then mostly shifts around from 2/4, 5/4 to 6/4 and so on.
Here's a more popular Ravel orchestration of it for those preferring richer sound:
 

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It's one thing I was always curious to know, how do you measure time signatures? Identifying a waltz or march is obvious, but just taking an example from the thread, what is 11/8?
 
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