Monday, May 11, 2009

Video-Word Association of the Week

polyrhythm [pol-ee-rith-uhm], noun.
adjective, polyrhythmic [pol-ee-rith-mik]
The simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in a musical composition. Rhythmic conflicts, or cross-rhythms, may occur within a single metre (e.g., two eighth notes against triplet eighths) or may be reinforced by simultaneous combinations of conflicting metres. The latter effect is characteristic of numerous non-Western musical forms (e.g. Indonesian gamelan) and of certain Western, especially American, compositions. - Encyclopedia Britannica

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