it's interesting that 16 step sequencers are not good for polyrhythms generally.Atheory wrote:
3 x 5 = 15....so there will be 15 pulses or spaces for a beat. in a 16step sequencer the last one is cut off or not used. so.....
say you want a 5 against 4 polyrhythm, you need 20 steps.
i regularly use 5 against 4 against 3 polyrhythms in my music, and the number 16 just doesnt come into it.
the magic numbers for working polyrhythmically (at least with 3/4/5) are 15 bars, 30 bars, 60 bars.
its interesting that we divide time up in this way and also the degrees of a circle.
to me its much more natural than dividing things up into 8 /16 etc. it locks you into 4/4.
if you bring 7 into the equation, then you have to have 105 bars to keep the polyrhythms cycling.