Definition of polyrhythm in English:

polyrhythm

Line breaks: poly|rhythm
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪrɪð(ə)m
 
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noun

Music
A rhythm which makes use of two or more different rhythms simultaneously: traditional African music is celebrated for its complex polyrhythms [mass noun]: a mastery of tightly scored polyrhythm
More example sentences
  • Ligeti became obsessed by the complex polyrhythms and irregular multi-part vocalising of the pygmies, which became a great influence on his own work.
  • Then again, I probably wouldn't have been able to hear much ukulele over Johnson's overdriven polyrhythms and unusual Dorian modes.
  • Rather than seven different sections with five different riffs, four time-changes, and an unsettling morass of polyrhythms, Bellini hits you with only a few jagged, biting, hand-picked riffs.

Derivatives

polyrhythmic

adjective
More example sentences
  • It's high energy stuff, but it changes shape throughout with bewildering ease and fluidity, from freebop polyrhythmic pummelling to spidery ballad forms to spacey textural exploration.
  • The song is moody and weighed down but not indolent: Propelled by a polyrhythmic drumbeat, it reveals emo-core and math-rock leanings.
  • Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives eschews deep bass and braggadocio, working organic beats and polyrhythmic blasts with electronic effects.

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