The original 1966 score of "Mission impossible" was written entirely in 5/4 time (you can listen to it here).

For the first movie staring Tom Cruise, the theme was rewritten by two U2 band members, and after the initial theme (still in 5/4) it changes it time signature to 4/4, you can listen to it here.

Now I am listening this cover version of Paolo Sereno as played by Sungha Jung. And here the intro is also in 5/4, but when the melody starts (around 16s, see this link) he also seems to switch the time signature, but it does not seem to be 4/4, I guess its 6/4 but I am not sure? So can you hear what time signature he plays when the melody starts in?

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    My ears are hearing a bit of a stumble in the tempo. Is it possible it's just a goof-up in the playing? – Wayne Conrad Jan 22 '18 at 13:55

No, it continues in 5/4. With a couple of little glitches, but supposed to be still in 5/4. There's no distinct rhythm change, just tiny fluffs. Still incredible for one of tender years, though !

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    Exactly right; the performer loses the tempo when the melodic line enters, but it's still 5/4. – Richard Jan 22 '18 at 17:57
  • For me, it's easier to count it as 10/8 so that the strong beats are on 1 if you count 123 123 12 12 ... – pro Jan 26 '18 at 22:40

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