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Old 10-14-2009, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks. I'm not allowed to post URLs yet, but if you go to youtube and put in "m.i.a. galang" either one of the first or second results should link you to a proper video of the song of which I am speaking. I'm sure most of you have heard this song at one point or another. Regardless of its quality, my friend suggested that this piece was written in common time (4/4), but when I listen to it, it really sounds like 3/4 to me. If I say 1,2,3,4 quicker than how I'm saying 1,2,3, then it starts correctly, but the notes inbetween don't feel right to me. Can you tell me who's right, and if it's my friend, why it doesn't seem to sound right to me?
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's in Common Time.
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Sounds like 4/4 to me. Maybe it sounds off to you because the accents are on different beats than you are used to?
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That's what it is. It's definitely in Common Time.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It's 4/4. The accents on the 2nd beat. That's what's throwing you off.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So would the fourth beat be the one followed shortly by that "thrash bass" sound (for lack of better terms)?
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While we're on the topic, if anyone could work out what's going on here in the breakdown (type bit), then I'll be their new best friend. Between 2:15 and 3:01 in youtube - watch?v=fca-XzzxpAY (dont think I'm allowed to post links still)

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So would the fourth beat be the one followed shortly by that "thrash bass" sound (for lack of better terms)?
The first hit of the "thrash bass" is the 4rd beat.

You can see the meter around 11 seconds in. Every time she pushes her elbow out and the screen bumps is a beat.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah, that's what I thought. I just assumed the song would naturally have a high amount of BPM, being a club/dance song, and that seems to be what threw me. Thanks everyone for the clarification.
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Just tell me the song.

Don't try to post a link.
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