Wednesday, July 06, 2005

rhythmic dissonance

just a thought: maybe dissonance is not just tonal its also rhythmic, conceptual,contextual. and maybe the "rules" span across them. for instance rhythmically one must know the beat in order to cognate syncopation there for it is necessary to establish a beat before or under a syncopated rhythm. is that anything like establishing a tonal center? do lyrics from artists like regina spektor or system of a down exercise contextual distance where they appear to be serious one second and laugh at themselves the next? establish, permutate, establish, permutate?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


It takes an extreme amount of avant garde-ness to not establish a rhythmic center, so it's hardly ever done. That's why the topic is so obscure.

8/03/2005 6:19 PM  
Anonymous vanceg said...

And Elliott Carter (and others) worked pretty extensively with the idea of rhymic modulation - modulating rhythm much in the same way as one does harmony...which implies setting up a rhymic "tonal center".


8/29/2005 5:34 PM  

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