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On the History of Rock Music

Yvetta Kajanová

On the History of Rock Music follows the development of rock music from its origins up to the present time. It focuses on the relationship between the sound, improvisations and rhythms in particular styles, and gives specific attention to the development of rhythm. The beat-offbeat principle, polyrhythms and polymetrics are fundamental to rock rhythm patterns, which serve as archetypes for specific rhythms. An archetype is a prototype, a model, or an innate experience of a species. Using more than 250 score examples, the author identifies the characteristic rhythmic patterns in rock styles, ranging from rock and roll, hard rock and punk rock to alternative rock, indie rock and grind core.
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This chapter summarizes the findings of the rock pattern research with particular reference to The Rhythm of Rock chapter. Theoreticians agree on the basic premise that rhythm is a specific element in jazz music, and by extension must also be a specific element in rock music.

When researching rhythm as a driving movement with its own inner organisation62, in jazz and rock music particular aspects need to be considered when analysing their rhythm patterns.

Firstly, rhythm is associated with various musical and non-musical attributes, which explains its differing roles in musical cultures around the world.63 It also means that research into rhythm needs to combine an analysis of specific musical characteristics (such as musical thinking, and specific perceptions of time in music and its organisation) with a study of the psychological (emotionality in rhythm), acoustic (physical measurability of time) and sociological factors (including the close relationship of the rhythm with geographically definied societies64). However, comprehensive rhythm analysis, when using specialised computer or statistical methods, requires a distancing from the larger aspects to allow focusing on the measurable specifics.

← 141 | 142 → A complementarity of rhythm65, polyrhythm66 and polymetrical part settings67 in either rock or jazz will also contribute to a perception of a complex rhythm. The beat-off beat principle, complementarity, polyrhythm, and polymetrics are at the origin of rhythm patterns. However, the question remains as to whether such patterns are rhythm archetypes specific to rock or jazz. According to Ivan Poledňák, who follows Carl...

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