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Vaisvil | Slicy Basses

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This is actually a type of enharmonic polymeter, where 2 rhythms with different meters (i.e., a different numbers of beats/measure) are played at the same tempo: the measures do not line up each time. These rhythms have measures that start at the same point, but do not end at the same point until cycling through a certain number of measures -at which point they “cross-over”. In this example, the bass lines are played in 4/4 and the percussion at 5/4, so they don’t share a common downbeat until cycling through 5 bars of the bass groove. The over-all effect is to give the illusion of a quite complicated percussion, when actually it is just distorted through the lens of an “incorrect” time signature perspective. At the end of the piece, once the bass has faded out, the simplicity of the underlying 5/4 percussion pattern can finally be recognized easily - at which point the abrupt change from 4/4 to 5/4 sort of feels like jumping off of a merry-go-round!

Once again, many thanks to Vaisvil for his totally slicy (and improvised!) bass work!!

“La clave es la llave, la llave es la clave” - The clave is the key, the key is the clave.

“Abrecuto y guiri mambo” - Open your eyes and listen.


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thetworegs said

Missed this one excellent

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somno project said

great recording!

Guest said

How can you have any slicy basses if you don't eat your vaisvil?

Guest said

I thought I had faved this MF. Sorry, it's faved now boys. Great sounds.

Guest said

I do like the gutsy bass in there, great percussion keeps us on our toes.

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Gen. Libra said

i can dig brother man ∆∆Libra∆∆

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launched said

This is badass, guys. I have to keep coming back to it!

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another cultural landslide said

SUPERB!!!!! w;-)

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kirklynch said

Very cool groove! Nice work!

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Wildgeas Music said

Felt real good. Nice job fellas. :) very interesting. Coll bass riffin' too.

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richardlaceves said

Take me to your Leader.... this is an awasome (however you spell it ) cool piece...

Guest said

this is very cool. I've been wanting to experiment with poly-rhythms too. Nice stuff Fellas!

Guest said

Love the description. Very educational as well as entertaining. :) U2 make a good team.

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Reefwalker said

polyrhythms, thanks for explaining that - Tasty percussion. Also, Vaisvil does a great job playing along this groove

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Johnny Stone said

This is great top beat dig it.

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vaisvil said

I enjoyed playing on this thanks Norm! - no guitars harmed in the improvisation

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Tharek Ali Mokbul said

sublime beats and awesome groove what more can anyone ask for?

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launched said

Enharmonic what? :) This is where it's at, guys! I'm diggin' it to China. Very cool!

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Rick Phillips said

Very nice drum and bass/guitar work. Love the complexity and the groove!

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Alister Flint said

y u m m y ! la llave es la clave, si!

Guest said

Explosive chemistry here, guys! Brilliant work! Love that rhythm, love that raunchy guitar. Sounds like conjuring up mischief on a hot day.