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What is Rhythm?

What is rhythm?
I feel that rhythm is a descriptive force. As a drummer I give it a home through the playing of the drums and by developing technically. I develop my language skills in translating emotive thought into music. Here rhythm is the vestal carrying my ideas. Perhaps there are other ways to translate creative or emotive thought by using rhythm as a medium which haven't been developed yet.

As far as I know there have not been a great deal of modern conversations developing the idea of rhythm to a satisfactory level of understanding.

Philosophical Quotes – Source – A Philosophy of Rhythm, Lucille D. Lamkin. 1934

Aristoxenus, Disciple of Aristotle.
“Rhythm is an ordering (or a defined ordering) of times”

“Rhythm is the property of a sequence of events in time which produces on the mind of the observer the impression of proportion between the duration of several events or groups of events of which the sequence is composed”

According to William Thomson: “The most fundamental error made about rhythm is that it is 'an ordering of times'. The most fundamental truth about rhythm is that it is an ordering of blows.” (here blows means accents or stresses)

I would be interested to hear what your concept of rhythm is in your life, work, and creative thought and how it affects your perception of time (or not).

Ben Martin - BGM Rhythms


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    Nov 25 2011: that william thompson qoute is one hell of a metaphor for life. i read somewhere that what people find most intrigueing about music is the high they get when their brain interprets rhythm of sequences in a way that wasnt previously realized, and that the fewer amount of notes that occur in that sequence the more dopamine is released. steven wolfram had a talk called "computing a theory of everything" where he demonstrates the capability of wolfram alpha as a search engine, and in the talk he mentions its ability to find musical sequences which wouldve never been discovere d before, that sounds like one hell of a tool for someone who lives by the beat, let us know how it goes bro.
    to answer your question-- music seems dead to me, i miss those days when rhythm was a part of my life, time didnt seem so stagnant everything seemed to be controlled bc i could focus on rythm and control my thoughts. budhhists focus on the rhythm of their hearts when they meditate. i used to focus on the sound of my footsteps to slip into forced meditation when i used to do longer runs 15+ miles. it must be hardwired into our system, rhythm is everything.
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      Nov 25 2011: I would be interested to find out where you read about the way our brains intemperate sequences and reward us with dopamine. Could be useful for teaching. For me the brain, although often working subconsciously will bring much more useful and creative answers from the information that it receives than any search engine will. Not to say that S.E.'s aren't a useful way to generate information and feed our creativity or desire for structured information. Even without music rhythm is still there and can be enjoyed on a similar level to music. I wonder if your running pattern was the sort of simple rhythm that gave you the dopamine loop needed to run those long distances with relative ease. In which case it was the brain and the body delivering the rhythm which would have sounded (if you could hear it) rather more complex than the initial input. Even if you can hear that you certainly would have felt it
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        Nov 25 2011: i read about it in a magazine sometime last year, i couldnt find the article so i started searching for the source, i believe it's david huron's ‘ITPRA theory of expectation’.
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          Nov 26 2011: Thanks so much for taking the trouble. I will look it up. Thanks

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