On Jul 1, 2014, at 12:02 PM, Joe Niederberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Thanks for playing the game. Saying its 3/4 or 6/8 or even the more (by today's) standard 12/8 is missing the point a bit. These kinds of rhythms come from a place where polyrhythms were highly advanced without any aid from western concepts such as time signatures. The best way for me to get insight into this was studying this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Clave-Matrix-Afro-Cuban-Principles/dp/1478299479
Ok, I think I missed the point twice, but after reading this again, your point is *art*. I have that art in math and CS but certainly not in music, and I have looked for it. I don?t think I have to remind you that you won?t get any argument from me about the importance of art. And isn?t that just another word for inherent interest and ability? I am ok with this analogy you are making but I think it needs a lt of work and discussion. I see an issue in the difference in the nature of these two arts. The medium of music is physical and once you have *your* instrument, the rest is art. Give a musically talented student a piano and a recording of Beethoven and they can go at it. Give a mathy student the real numbers and a set of calculus problems, and what? Do you see my point? A musical student can appreciate Beethoven as soon as they can count, even sooner some might say. A math student can?t appreciate calculus for quite some time. Or am I the only one that sees the difference! between you-tubes of toddlers playing Beethoven and toddlers doing calculus?
Regarding 12/8, are you saying that the standard today is to use the GCM of the two signatures? I.e. the GCM for 3 and 4 would be 12. Just curious.