Euclidean Rhythms, Polymeters, Polyrhythms, Polymetric!
Incorporate polyrhythmic textures with these complex rhythm techniques
This MIDI pack contains
- 35 Polyrhythm and polymeter Midi drum patterns and arrangements
- 51 Polyrhythm and polymeter Lead and Melodic sequences and arrangements
- 67 Euclidean Rhythms
- 18 Fundamental polyrhythm combinations
For existing customers
Polyrhythm and polymeter compositional tutorial
How can polyrhythms enhance my music?
Polyrhythms can help add complexity and interest to your composition. Using multiple rhythms and polyrhythm or polymeter techniques, you can create unexpected tension and make your music more intriguing for the listener. Using polyrhythms will force you to break away from typical western arrangements and song structures, which is why these rhythms are so popular in music genres such as Jazz and World music.
Using polyrhythms correctly can create a great hypnotic groove due to repeating patterns being offset against each other, however, they can also sound chaotic and can be difficult to manage in an arrangement. I think it’s important to remember that the polyrhythms are meant to be heard as 2 different rhythms rather than a single rhythm. The easiest way to keep the rhythms independent is by ensuring each rhythm has its own frequency range. For example, in the case of a polymeter, if you use a low-frequency Kick drum in 4/4 and a hi-hat pattern in 5/4, this would help to keep the rhythms independent and should sound much less chaotic.