In preparation for a lecture this week, I was considering examples of popular music that use time signatures other than 4/4 or 3/4. As you will see in the Facebook responses below – the vast majority of responses where either examples of music from a while back – or music that was not intended for ‘chart consumption’. So – my question is why? Have the charts become more formulaic, has the use of computer technology in the songwriting process simply resulted in less experimentation with metre, is it down to (lack of musicianship), or is this type of experiment now confined to album sales only? If not – what other reasons are there? Have we seen an end time signature experimentation in main stream pop music.
For those that are interested – I have put a Spotify playlist of some great compound time signature examples – time to confuse your brain….