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Ever say to yourself while listening to Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker,” wow, that’s a sick beat. Well, if you wanted to upgrade your vocabulary, check out this little primer about polyrhythms and how to use them in your own productions. Via Attack Magazine:

In this edition of Passing Notes, we’re going to take a look at polyrhythms. A polyrhythm is the use of two or more simultaneous rhythms in different time signatures. As we’ll see, these rhythmic contrasts can be incorporated into any elements of a track. We’ll take a look at examples from Aphex Twin and Zomby – two of the finest exponents of polyrhythms – see how they can also work in house and techno, then construct an example from scratch.

Listen to “Window Licker” and familiarize yourself.




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