Monday, 7 September 2015

Eb minor, 5/4 time and more

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, September 07, 2015 with No comments
Song of the weekAnimals”, by Muse, from “The 2nd law

It is ironic that there would be a competition for a video of a song about industries desperate to "kill the competition". Anyway I am more interested in the rhythms therein. An article reads in part "'Animals' is a unique composition in Muse's discography, being the band's first full song to use a 5/4 time signature, and marking their first use of polymeters as a band, (previously used in Hoodoo with a string section): during the outro, the drums play in 4/4 while the other instruments remain in 5/4. It's also the first Muse song written in the key of E♭ minor. The progression in the chorus is similar to Screenager. The bridge that leads into the guitar solo bears a resemblance to the outro of Unnatural Selection. Throughout the guitar solo, the band plays 3 bars of 5/4; the 4th bar being 6/4. Throughout this solo, the crash is hit in 5/2 time for two bars, and then 11/4 for the next two bars in a similar fashion."


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