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You know, we like 4/4, Armenians like 5/7, stuff like that.
SCIENCE = WRONG
I've always just presumed it was easier to compose and play stuff in 4/4. Is this not the case?
i get very bored very quickly if a song just stays with 4/4 and nothing else. i also find it incredible difficult to drum songs like that because my mind just wanders
...but I guess it's just more familiar because the majority of music is played in this way.
It's easier to enjoy immediately and more accessable. Although why this is the case I don't really know, something about the way your mind works. It might just be the familiarity.
drum to it. But, that like saying I like letters because I can write them.
Yes, I like this. I wish I could get into it more but this post technically qualifies as a skive.
So basically, my short opinion is: Music is just like any other language. And certain cultures learn conventions which just end up sticking and turn into the 'default' setting.
I sometimes think there may be a more than casual link between jazz - invented mostly in black America, and west African musical culture, where it's usual that 2, 3 or more rhythms all in seperate times all overlaying each other, which explains why leanign towards that kind of style may have come 'naturally' to some extent.
But wait, there's more: a millennium ago in Europe, you would have found that people would have just as strong a reaction to polyphony in music as your mum would have to ridiculous technical metal. Hell, it probably would have been even more extreme, medieval brains simply wouldn't have been able to process the kind of complex counterpoint we take for granted in popular music nowadays. And the same is true with rhythm to an extent.