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Sponty
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Originally posted by Rambly
Originally posted by butterflyeryn
you would call Dream Theater's The Dance of Eternity a piece written in 1032/16

i would totally do that because that is a sick as fuck time signature

Regarding legitimately sick as fuck time signatures, the Ganondorf battle theme from OoT has a 23/16 time signature, with occasional 17/16 stuff to mix things up.
Rambly
Posts: 1861/2034
Originally posted by butterflyeryn
you would call Dream Theater's The Dance of Eternity a piece written in 1032/16

i would totally do that because that is a sick as fuck time signature
Sponty
Posts: 11053/11087
Originally posted by Halian
Originally posted by Xkeeper
I actually like counting the music notes a lot, and moreso when it's a song that's not standard. Like Plok's bonus level theme is 5/4 for the intro part (uh) and then transitions to 4/4; then you have an extra Undertale boss that goes from 4/4 to 3/4 ...


“March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails is (mostly) 29/8. o.O

Also yes, I count a lot, usually for no reason.

Similarly, Breath of the Wild's Hyrule Castle is mostly 5/4, except for certain measure in the main melody which are 6/4.

But yeah, I count music notes a lot, it's a byproduct of years of music performance for me.
butterflyeryn
Posts: 4/4
Originally posted by Halian
Originally posted by Xkeeper
I actually like counting the music notes a lot, and moreso when it's a song that's not standard. Like Plok's bonus level theme is 5/4 for the intro part (uh) and then transitions to 4/4; then you have an extra Undertale boss that goes from 4/4 to 3/4 ...


“March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails is (mostly) 29/8. o.O

Also yes, I count a lot, usually for no reason.


Eh, that time signature is a little wonky. As a general rule musicians will use whatever's simplest or easiest to read or understand. So, it wouldn't be 29/8, it's three measures of 7/8 followed by a simple 4/4. This does add up to 29 eighth notes per phrase, but it would be terrible to try to read it all as one measure. It's much simpler to split it into four measures with simpler values.

General rule in music, you use whatever is the easiest or most logical way to notate something. If a measure has 16 16th notes, it's a 4/4 measure most of the time, even though you *could* in theory label it as 8/8, 2/2, or 16/16. 4/4 is easier to read at most speeds. 2/2 might be used if it's a faster piece for easier reading. If there's 29 notes in a phrase but you can section them into normal, logical measures, then that's what you'd do.

In other words, March of the Pigs is no more in 29/8 than you would call Dream Theater's The Dance of Eternity a piece written in 1032/16. Go with what's simplest.
eifie
Posts: 4/-88
oh i do this..! i noticed i picked up the habit when im trying to focus of keeping 1/4 musical time. if i am really stressed i will keep 1/3 time too. i chalked it up to OCD since i have other habits like this. i also find myself habitually taking a 3rd position stance, so that must come from my childhood dance and chorus lessons being drilled into my brain. :p how musical!
Halian
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Originally posted by Xkeeper
I actually like counting the music notes a lot, and moreso when it's a song that's not standard. Like Plok's bonus level theme is 5/4 for the intro part (uh) and then transitions to 4/4; then you have an extra Undertale boss that goes from 4/4 to 3/4 ...


“March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails is (mostly) 29/8. o.O

Also yes, I count a lot, usually for no reason.
RanAS
Posts: 384/470
Originally posted by Xkeeper
The best time to do that is when you have intersections that you know the timing for, and optionally have the countdowns on the walk signals. Otherwise, counting up is just frustrating

I rarely see intersections like that around here, unfortunately. Sometimes I see ones with some dots beside the signal, which display how much time is remaining in fifths, like when it has 4/5ths of time remaining it displays four dots, with 3/5ths it displays 3 dots, things like that. Or was it six dots in total? I don't remember.

Originally posted by Xkeeper
I do that all the time. Or when I'm going through twitter, I mentally count down the number of tweets I'm willing to look at, and reset it whenever I find something good.

Instead of keeping an exact counter, I mainly just go for "about this many tweets" and stop, without ever defining an exact number. It's weird because, now that I think about it, even in situations where it would be better to count, I just don't.
Xkeeper
Posts: 23358/23358
I do that all the time. Or when I'm going through twitter, I mentally count down the number of tweets I'm willing to look at, and reset it whenever I find something good.
Nicole
Posts: 6426/6444
Not quite the same thing, but to motivate myself to do things when I'm feeling lazy I'll often countdown from 5, ideally in an effort to actually do the thing once I reach 1... sometimes it works
Xkeeper
Posts: 23356/23358
The best time to do that is when you have intersections that you know the timing for, and optionally have the countdowns on the walk signals. Otherwise, counting up is just frustrating
Narumi
Posts: 36/139
I count all of the time when the situation calls for it. Like when waiting for a traffic light to turn or rarely when I try to sleep but can't.
BatElite
Posts: 80/174
I usually count 1-2-3-4 when tapping rhythmically and the like, but not to music.

Otherwise not really counting, but weird rhythmical things I do sometimes:

-Streets here are tiled, rather than concrete or whatever, and quite often I tend to make periodic patterns of specific feet on specific parts or tiles. Usually involving placing my heels on the grooves where three tiles meet.

-When riding in a car: blinking every n reflective stripes , or blinking in between passing lanterns.
Joe
Posts: 3292/3306
I think the only thing I count is music, and then only if the time signature catches my attention.

Since we're posting music with unusual time signatures, here have one from me.

Originally posted by RanAS
How about this one?

13/8?
Sanqui
Posts: 1656/1750
I used to count to sleep when I was into the lucid sleeping thing. Yeah. That's another topic though.

In the past I might have been counting in hex sometimes.

Generally I won't find myself spontaneously counting these days. I'll probably be thinking of a song. Or just... thinking.
devin
Posts: 3363/3462
non-VGM example that I like: "Just the Same" by Gentle Giant having the rhythm section and the rest of the band playing/singing in 6/4 and 7/4 simultaneously

(I'm definitely pretty sure I've talked about both of these before)
2Tie
Posts: 992/1084
OH GOSH want another game song that i could never get right as a kid (and still can't)?


what even is this
devin
Posts: 3362/3462
time signatures in video game music are cool
RanAS
Posts: 353/470
I'm not used to counting in random situations.

Originally posted by Xkeeper
I actually like counting the music notes a lot, and moreso when it's a song that's not standard. Like Plok's bonus level theme is 5/4 for the intro part (uh) and then transitions to 4/4; then you have an extra Undertale boss that goes from 4/4 to 3/4 ...

How about this one?
Tarale
Posts: 1444/1856
Now I'm patting the baby in 3/4…
Kazinsal
Posts: 558/612
Tool's great for getting used to changing time signatures rapidly. Rosetta Stoned changes time signatures pretty much every other bar at some points.
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