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An introduction to Pulse-relational Rhythm Theory

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Pulse-relational rhythm theory (PRT) approaches rhythm from the perspective of the performer.

The objective is to increase performers’ confidence and self-assurance by clarifying the connections and distinctions between quantifiable, arithmetic aspects of rhythm structures and the relative psychophysical and sensorial effects occurring in the performance of polyphonic time-aligned rhythm systems.

PRT uses a generic terminology for rhythm which is applicable to any rhythm practice regardless of genre, style or specific cultural context. The language is consistent with conventional western music theory and notation, but functionally independent of notational terminology. The fundamental focus is on increasing the performers’ sensitivity to pulse, pattern and periodic subdivision in the context of real-time.

In this meeting I’ll present a brief overview of the premises and presumptions of PRT and examples of selected applied resources and practice routines used in presenting and acquiring the concepts.

People attending the talk will be invited to participate in the practical routines.

This talk is part of the The Centre for Music and Science (CMS) series.

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