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Trip272
04-18-2006, 04:54 PM
Sorry if this has been done before. I was wondering what are your favorite songs that are in (or partially in) an irregular time signature.

I would have to say mine are:

Radiohead - Paranoid Android [7/8]
The White Stripes - Take Take Take (on the chorus bit) [11/4] (i think)
Radiohead - Everything in it's right place [10/4]

ilovecanada1121
04-18-2006, 05:03 PM
Schism by Tool has screwey time sigs like 5/8 and 7/8

Glen_Hansard
04-18-2006, 05:25 PM
Five words: Radiohead and The Mars Volta

ph3n0m
04-18-2006, 05:43 PM
Anything by Meshuggah,

sadistic_monkey
04-18-2006, 05:43 PM
Incubus - Follow. 7/8 and 9/8

A bunch of Tool songs....

SGRocker0791
04-18-2006, 06:03 PM
Schism by Tool has screwey time sigs like 5/8 and 7/8

+1.

Dream Theater's "Erotomania"

indierock+roll!
04-18-2006, 06:13 PM
Something by the Police..Stuart Copland is one unique drummer!!

deadhead313313
04-18-2006, 06:34 PM
Money - Pink Floyd. 7/8 time I believe

sirpsycho85
04-18-2006, 08:23 PM
the big ones: Money, Take 5
and radiohead's stuff.

guywithguitar
04-19-2006, 10:43 AM
I think there's a Primus song called Eleven that's in 11/12 or something like that.

Among the ones I've actually heard it would probably be Gravity by A Perfect Circle, which is in 7/8 and then back to regular 4/4 (or 8/8?) at the final chorus.

duncang
04-19-2006, 12:54 PM
A lot of Tool songs, and Meshuggah songs.

bangoodcharlote
04-20-2006, 07:37 PM
The Dance of Eternity.

Gopher636
04-20-2006, 08:04 PM
i dunno all this 'time signature' mumbo-jumbo, but Lamb of God's 'Ashes of the Wake' has some pretty odd riffs in it.

SGRocker0791
04-20-2006, 08:07 PM
SikTh - "How May I Help You?"

TimiHendrix33
04-20-2006, 09:47 PM
Outkast-Hey Ya....ownage in 11/4
Of course Money-Pink Floyd 7/8 I think. That's why bass takes a while to get.

Cavemans_View
04-21-2006, 10:12 PM
money

Night_Lights
04-22-2006, 06:09 AM
i dunno all this 'time signature' mumbo-jumbo, but Lamb of God's 'Ashes of the Wake' has some pretty odd riffs in it.


thats in 4/4 i think.

FlyingVortex
04-22-2006, 07:36 AM
i dunno all this 'time signature' mumbo-jumbo, but Lamb of God's 'Ashes of the Wake' has some pretty odd riffs in it.

You call yourself a guitarist yet you don't know basic music theory?

( im assuming your a guitarist :P )

mr.joopy987
04-23-2006, 03:33 PM
Alot of Dillinger Escape Plan has odd time signatures.

The Shadow
04-23-2006, 07:04 PM
Yes and Rush have quite a few songs with some odd time signatures. Occasionally, so do Led Zeppelin as well.

private
04-23-2006, 08:02 PM
Money - Pink Floyd. 7/8 time I believe


nope even wierder. 7/4

Lukeisonfire
04-23-2006, 08:34 PM
God im a noob for this Whats a time signature im not kidding.

dain84
04-24-2006, 11:59 PM
Offspring- Mission from God

joshsirjoshules
04-25-2006, 08:04 AM
Tattooed Love Boys by The Pretenders is in a really weird time, I can't even count the beats, that's how bad of a musician I am.

iamjosh
04-25-2006, 12:12 PM
No love for the Solsbury Hill (5/4, i believe)?

Syn Harvest
04-25-2006, 02:26 PM
Dyers Eve hard to say it changes alot also Mster of Puppets it also changes alot so hard to tell

mingles
04-25-2006, 02:39 PM
Dyers Eve hard to say it changes alot also Mster of Puppets it also changes alot so hard to tell

Pretty sure MoP is in 4/4 all the way through. The tempo changes in a few places though.

Stengah i guess for me. I dunno.

Syn Harvest
04-25-2006, 03:07 PM
master of puppets goes through a few changes actually the verses are a mixture of 4/4 and 12/5 which is really weird. then later they jusmp into 8/5 during the chorus if im not mistaken. then the little slow bridge i am pretty sure is 6/4

NineInchNails_0
04-25-2006, 03:13 PM
King Crimson's Thela Hun Ginjeet. It contains some passages in which some band members play in 7/8 and others in 4/4 to create an "off-balance" effect. Cool.

Great thread aswell.

TheWretched
04-25-2006, 06:08 PM
Tool's 'The Grudge'...5/4...if i remember correctly.

God im a noob for this Whats a time signature im not kidding.

Time signatures tell you how many and what kind of notes per measure there are. The number on top is the number of notes per measure, and the bottom number is what kind of note.

sadistic_monkey
04-25-2006, 06:20 PM
I was looking up some stuff on APC, as I thought they may have some weird ones...

""Gravity" by A Perfect Circle - verses and choruses in 3+3+1/8, changes to 5/4 in the bridge, and finally to 4/4 for the final chorus"

3+3+1/8?? What the he;;?

Trip272
04-25-2006, 07:33 PM
Outkast-Hey Ya....ownage in 11/4

Actually I believe "Hey ya" is 4/4 with an occasional 2/4 or 6/4 measure injected.

thedude97
04-16-2008, 11:33 PM
Schism by Tool has screwey time sigs like 5/8 and 7/8

From Wikipedia:

A possible analysis of the meter changes is found in the August 2001 issue of Guitar One magazine. As transcribed by Adam Perlmutter, the song starts in 5/4 for one measure followed by 21 measures of 6/4 (or 5/8 and 7/8 alternating), up to the first interlude, which is a bar of 3/8, three bars of 13/8, and a bar of 10/8. (This can be also interpreted as four 13/8 bars, but played with a 3/8 upbeat.) The next verse is eight bars of 6/4 followed by another interlude that fits the same pattern as the first. The next section is four bars of 6/4 followed by one bar of 11/8. Another eight-bar verse in 6/4 follows, with an interlude containing the same as before, except the final 10/8 bar is replaced with an 11/8 bar setting up the middle section, which is four bars of 7/4 before settling into a pattern of alternating 12/8 and 15/8, one bar each, twelve times. Following this, there are three bars of 4/4, a bar of 2/4, and four bars of 4/4 setting up another section, which is two bars of 9/8 followed by a bar of 10/8, that pattern again, a single bar of 9/8 followed by a 13/8 bar. This leads to an alternating set of 9/8 and 5/8, appearing four times before a bar of 9/8 and a bar of 6/8. Near the end, there is a 6/4 meter for eight bars, followed by eight bars of 4/4 to end the song. In all, the song changes meters 47 times. The band has comically said that the song is in "6.5/8".

Alucard II
04-17-2008, 03:15 PM
master of puppets goes through a few changes actually the verses are a mixture of 4/4 and 12/5 which is really weird. then later they jusmp into 8/5 during the chorus if im not mistaken. then the little slow bridge i am pretty sure is 6/4theres no such thing as 12/5 or 8/5 time. theres 5/8. and i thought Master of Puppets is 4/4 the whole way through - the chorus certainly is.

IcePh0enix
04-17-2008, 03:50 PM
Pretty much any Protest the Hero songs.

RedDeath9
04-17-2008, 06:59 PM
Way too many to name, but one of my favorites is Meshuggah - New Millennium Cyanide Christ.

From wiki:

The song, in typical Meshuggah fashion, applies various polyrhythmical changes throughout the song.

* The intro riff is 23/16, 23/16, 23/16, 23/16, 13/16.
* The verse is four measures of 3/8 and one measure of 4/4.
* The passage from the lyrics "Self-inflicted fractures" changes to 6/8, 4/8, 6/8, 5/8, 6/8, 5/8
* The passage from the lyrics "Baptized in vitriolic acid" and the guitar solo alternates between 7/16 and 9/16
* The passage from the lyrics "Disciples" changes to back to a 4/4 rhythm, but with a triplet feel.
* The ending riff is 6/8, 8/8, 6/8, 8/8, 4/8

Win?

vintage x metal
04-18-2008, 05:34 PM
PF's Money (7/8, possibly a quick 7/4) and RHCP's Breaking the Girl (6/8)

Jigglypuff
04-18-2008, 09:07 PM
Tera Melos - Melody 2
Kayo Dot - ___on Limpid Form
Don Caballero - Cold Knees in April
Hella - World Series

Alucard II
04-18-2008, 10:48 PM
PF's Money (7/8, possibly a quick 7/4) and RHCP's Breaking the Girl (6/8)its 7/4 :)

Buland
04-19-2008, 06:58 AM
the ocean by led zep...

HTML Rulez Dood
04-19-2008, 01:23 PM
Silhouette by Thrice
it goes from 2/2 to 7/8

mon_the_fraser
04-19-2008, 04:02 PM
Biffy Clyro!!!!!

klysandral
04-19-2008, 06:45 PM
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Pyramid_meter.jpg

pyramid song?

[noodle]
04-20-2008, 09:20 AM
I don't know of many, but I'd have to say the most confusing song time-signature-wise would probably be 5/4 by Gorillaz. The guitar plays in 5/4 and the rest of the band plays in 4/4. It hurts my brain.

kevinm4435
04-20-2008, 04:55 PM
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (i.e. Section 10, which alternates between 5/8 and 7/8 every bar)

DieGarbageMan
04-24-2008, 10:01 AM
how can you tell time signutures?

Alucard II
04-24-2008, 08:40 PM
^ the top number is how many beats there are in each measure, the bottom number is what length those beats are, ie. quarter notes, eight notes, etc.
so you just figure out the beat (easy part), figure out where each measure starts, and count

talia.
04-24-2008, 09:40 PM
Intolerance, Schism, Jambi, The Grudge, along with a **** load of other songs by Tool.

Sparks92
04-25-2008, 01:02 AM
Dream Theater is the shiz when it comes to time signatures.
Dance of Eternity
Octavarium about half-way through when it starts going crazy. Goes 15/8 and changes to 16/8 ever 3 bars or something like that.

I've written a song where it goes 4/4, 6/8, 10/4, 6/8, 4/4, 6/8 in different sections. :D

Abe
04-25-2008, 05:24 AM
People have said pretty much all the one's I can think of, other than Locomotive by Guns N Roses. I'm sure in the middle of that song they do a trick with time signatures, where the vocals are in a different signature to the rest of the band.

I used to think it was called a hemiola, but I actually think that's something else.

And, it's not in a wierd time sgnature as such, but Golden Brown by The Stranglers deserves a mention for making 3 bars of 3/4 and 1 bar of 4/4 sound so amazing.

Tsunoyukami
04-26-2008, 08:46 PM
You by Radiohead follows the pattern 6/8, 6/8, 6/8, 5/8 and it sounds really off until you get used to it.

Also, Pyramid Song is win.

MetropolisPt3
04-27-2008, 12:55 AM
Anything by Dream Theater ftw
One thing that comes to mind though is their song "Home" at the very end where the timing just goes nuts...There's even a 19/16 in there :o

Internal Chaos
04-27-2008, 06:15 AM
Mathcore.

Psyopus have some insane time sigs.

smile_man
07-13-2008, 04:05 PM
(7/4) Shoreline by Broken Social Scene is in... well, 7/4 timing.

korinaflyingv
07-13-2008, 04:09 PM
The Cat on the Mixer/Three Left Feet by Fairport Convention. Starts out in 7/4 or 7/8 dunno which one. good fun to play on mando

Its_Rock77
07-13-2008, 05:40 PM
The Glorious Nosebleed by Circa Survive

I think there's at least one measure of 5/8, 5/4, 9/4, 10/4, 11/4, 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 in there. and it still sounds perfectly fine. granted most of it just sounds 3/4, 4/4, or 5/4 but still cool.

Isidora
07-13-2008, 08:06 PM
Metalhead though I am, when it comes to odd meters, I've got to go with the jazz of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. I'm especially fond of "Take Five" (5/4) and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" (9/8).