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11th-Apr-2010 10:28 am
Tao Antialiased
What can you tell me about the similarities, percussion-wise between this video (starting at about 0:42):

And this video (it's pretty much the same throughout, but there's a point right before the chorus that's a little different, but that's not the part I'm talking about):

They both feel very similar to me, but there's an obvious difference. The first vid seems to be a straight beat, where the second has a very ba-da-da-dump-ba-da-da-dump (rest). They both have that same "driving beat" feeling, to me.
11th-Apr-2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not an expert, but I've been trying to understand rhythm lately, so here's my attempt at taking apart the rhythms.

"Blame it on the Girls" is in 4/4 (or possibly 8/8 but the below descriptions are assuming 4/4). Piano chords are on beats 1 and 3. The claps are every 1/8th note, with emphasis on the claps falling on beats 1 and 3. And there's another beat (synthesizer I think?) falling on beat 1, the pickup to 3, 3, and the pickup to 1. Those pickup synth beats fall on the same beats as one of the claps. This sounds more like a dance song because of the simpler beat and what instrument(s) are playing the beat.

"All the Right Moves" is also in 4/4 (or possibly 2/2 but the below descriptions are assuming 4/4). I don't know the name of the different percussion instruments here, but there's a "main" one (maybe the one you use your foot for?) on the 1, 2, 3 with a pause on the 4. Then a cymbal (high hat?) of some sort fills in the upbeats between 1 and 2, and between 2 and 3. Sometimes he throws in two sixteenths on the cymbal instead of a single eighth, and occasionally he makes those into triplets instead. And there's occasional pickup beats before the 1. This sounds more like a rock song because of the gap on the 4, the occasional changes to the beat, and the instrument chosen.
11th-Apr-2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the insight! That makes so much sense!
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