What is a Polymeter in music?
Polyrhythm and Polymeter. A polyrhythm is when two or more performers are playing the same time signature, but are playing different groupings/rhythms within that time signature.
Polyrhythm is the simultaneous use of two or more conflicting rhythms, that are not readily perceived as deriving from one another, or as simple manifestations of the same meter. The rhythmic conflict may be the basis of an entire piece of music (cross-rhythm), or a momentary disruption.
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- Rhythm in music is characterized by a repeating sequence of stressed and unstressed beats (often called "strong" and "weak") and divided into bars organized by time signature and tempo indications.
- In music, some parts of the measure are naturally accented. Naturally accented beats are called strong beats. Syncopation is created when a rhythm places emphasis on a naturally weak part of a measure.
Syncopation is when notes are played off the beat. Cross rhythm is the effect produced when two conflicting rhythms are heard together. Polyrhythm is when two or more rhythms with different pulses are heard together eg where one is playing in triple time and another is playing in quadruple time, three against four.
- Polyrhythm and Polymeter. A polyrhythm is when two or more performers are playing the same time signature, but are playing different groupings/rhythms within that time signature.
- Transcript of 7 Elements of Music
- 7 Elements. of Music.
- Rhythm. - The duration of sound (how long or short the notes are)
- Melody. - The tune; an organized sequence of pitches.
- Harmony. - The combination of two or more pitches.
- Timbre. - Tone colour/ tone quality.
- Form. - The structure of music.
- In music, harmony considers the process by which the composition of individual sounds, or superpositions of sounds, is analysed by hearing. Usually, this means simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.
Updated: 2nd October 2019