Distinct Kicking Motion – Hey! Get Back Here!

Hey, look – a new thing! Instead of a full song, though, this is just a small little idea that I’ve had kicking around for a little while. GuessI just need to get back into the swing of things, so this little guy is nice fodder to get back into the ol’ habit. I think I actually came up with this idea in a dream… and woke up that morning with a headache. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

I’ve always been fascinated by rhythmic displacement. An old formula of mine is to take a four measure riff/phrase and lop off the last eighth note to give it that sort of hiccup and keep the listener guessing. The displacement idea is also why I grew to really like Meshuggah. This thing here is sort of the best of both worlds. The last eighth note is lopped off in every phrase, but in true Meshuggah fashion, the pulse doesn’t move (the snare drum is the reference point). Instead of cutting it off early to round it into a 4 or 8 measure riff, though, I decided to see the displacement through right up to the point where it would reset… which is where this recording ends.  Enjoy!

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