I just bought Sonuscore’s 12-String & Balalaika Kontakt instrument and the following sample audio parked at Soundcloud is what sold me. But… I can’t figure out the track’s signature - it’s definitely in the “world music” genre.
It’s most pronounced starting at 0:50 to 1: 16 min. I love where the downbeat lands.
I want to be able to duplicate it in my own way.
These rhythms are not “odd”, they’re just not commonplace anymore. What I think is great about how Marita explains these rhythms, is that you can appreciate just how natural they really are; I believe these rhythms are intinsic to humans, and are an avenue of musical expression currently not being explored in Western “commodity” music.
Pretty much everybody could hum Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, or the Strangler’s Golden Brown, without needing to know they are both in 5/4. In Irish traditional music, the world exploded in the late 70’s when Andy Irvine returned from his journeys through Bulgaria and other Balkan cultures and (re-?) introduced rhythmic variations to the standard reportoire, influencing things like Bill Whelan’s wonderful Ballymun Regatta, a precursor to Riverdance.
So go forth and write something in 22/16*
*Apparently it’s even possible to dance to that [WARNING] clicking on the above YouTube video link may result in brain injury (your mileage may vary), in which case you must immediately take this antidote! (Bartok on a banjo).
So funny, i knew there was something vaguely familiar-sounding in that “Dance … 22/16” vid, and then they clarified it -
sounds (to me) just like some live Zappa I used to listen to, a half music/half comedy narrative (and almost completely NSFW) he made when Flo and Eddie (previously aka, “The Turtles”) were in his band … maybe Live at the Fillmore?