3468 is a play on the time signatures 3/4 and 6/8. I’ve always liked how 3+3=6 but also 2+2+2=6 as well. And when juxtaposed against each other, these create unique sound patterns. Just when you think you have it pegged though, this piece comes round and bites you in the arse! I call this my “Time Expansion” piece. About halfway through you can hear a melodic fragment seemingly floating over the rest of the other voices. If you listen carefully, you will also realise that underneath it all, the piece is actually in 4/4 time. Go figure!
I loved the music of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” as a teenager, and remember how immensely pleased I was to crack the “code” that formed the basis of my favourite song “America” from the musical.
The chorus lyrics go like this:
I like to be in America
Okay by me in America
Everything free in America
For a small fee in America
Here’s the breakdown:
“I-like-to-be-in-A” is in 1 e & 2 e & or 6/8 meter, while
“me-ri-ca” is in 1 & 2 & 3 & or 3/4 meter.
See, the strange thing is that my teachers in school thought I was hopeless at Maths, and yet I am well able to divide and conquer LOL!
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