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Old 10-24-2010, 07:09 PM
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Default Old Mars Volta Time Signature Cycle

Just curious if anyone can figure out the time signature to this Mars Volta groove. It starts around 4:18. I believe it is a cycle of three time signatures. Tell me what you think!

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Old 10-25-2010, 03:54 AM
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Default Re: Old Mars Volta Time Signature Cycle

It's 9:16, then 6:8, then 2:4. I don't really know how you'd write something like this, but suffice it to say there are 29 16th notes per loop... Try 'No Twilight Within The Courts Of The Sun' by Steven Wilson for more fun ;)
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:25 AM
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Default Re: Old Mars Volta Time Signature Cycle

Yes, it's 9/16, 6/8. 2/4 - though I think it feels more like 9/16, 6/8, 2/4. Technically a minor semantic difference, but a big deal from a toe tapping perspective.

The figure is interesting in that the first 8 sixteenths in each bar are exactly the same - with obviously the weird bar - the 9/16 - being kind of both 2/4 + 1/16 and/or depending on the section of the performance 4/16 + 3/16 + 2/16

As for notation - here would be one way of notating a basic part for it -

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