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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: Thanks for a provocative question, Mr. Rhythms.
    When a musician repetatively produces a blow, an accent, or a stress in what they believe is spaced, in time, equidistant from the previous blow, accent or stress they are only able to do so by utilizing their memory. The listener is exercising the same brain function while they enjoy the RHYTHM.
    We cannot hear music or poetry, we can only remember it.
    A person cursed with an absolute absence of memory capability could not experience the RHYTHM of music or poetry.
    William Wordsworth put it this way:
    " I listened, motionless and still;
    And, as I mounted up the hill,
    The music in my heart I bore,
    Long after it was heard no more."
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      Nov 27 2011: I have to say that Im not 100% sold on the idea.
      The same could be said for any experience. That everything that makes each or our worlds is only a secondary experience, as our minds, built to perceive and analise, are separate from the physical world. With this view everything is an illusion. The only way to communicate our true feelings would be through telepathic delivery. However humans are highly capable of communicating without the need for fancy telepathy.

      A great deal of the world and its physical properties are hidden as our minds and there conscience(s) have evolved to perceive only what is needed for survival.

      It has long been known that the memory of someone suffering from dementia can be stimulated with music, dance and poetry. I don't know much about this subject but it seems as though memory is stimulated through a separate part of the mind responsible for pattern recognition which is in an older part of the brain and nervous system than that of memory function.

      Plants also respond to musical and rhythmical stimulus and they couldn't be said to have memory in the same way humans do. Perhaps rhythm is the foundation of memory? but I don't think memory and experience (artistic or otherwise) are mutually exclusive to one another.

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