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To build on Richard's post, the composer Elliot Carter introduced a concept commonly referred to as Metric Modulation, whereby the basic pulse speed and grouping transforms to faster/slower pulse rates or accent patterns by way of common sub-divisions. For example, suppose you have a pulse at 120bpm. You could write a series of triplets, such that each tone ...


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I would say the "rhythmic center" (or perhaps "metrical center" would be better) would just be the notated barlines and the requisite downbeats. But to get more advanced, the music theorist Harald Krebs has developed a system for this, a system commonly referred to as "metrical dissonance." In short, a piece of music has a ...


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