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 – Konnakkol.
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 – takatimi 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.