Konnakkol – very simple language of very complex rhythms

Recently I learned an incredible thing.

Everything that I like about aggressive heavy metal music is Indian.

Why do I say that?  The answer is one word РKonnakkol.

Konnakkol is an Indian rhythm representation shorthand allowing incredibly eloquent, simple and concise representation of super complicated rhythmic patterns.

It allows you to simply express a very complicated rhythmic pattern using very simple sound.

Standard time signature counts are replaced with sounds that are easy to combine and repeat at the highest speeds.
1 – ta
2 – taka
3 – takite
4 Рtakatimi 
or when repeated in a sequence takatimi-takachuna
5 – tatikenatum

If we wanted to express a longer rhythmic figure it we simply combine the elements.

6 -takatimitaka or expressed as two triples – takite takite
7 – takatimi takite

and so on….

It’s amazing what you can do when you challenge the notion of what constitutes a base element.

A more in depth explanation is below.

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Andrey Norin

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