Mid-Week Music Movie Mash-Up: Interstellar vs Schism
February 1, 2017
THESE BLACK-HOLES IS MESSING WITH OUR TIME SIGNATURE BRO!
In this weeks Mid-Week Music Movie Mash-Up i wanted to play with time signatures and Einsteins theory of general relativity. I'm Joking, I know better than to mess with the space time continuum, buuuuuuut in interstellar we see cuts smashing up the time signature along side tool doing the same. Same tempo, different signature. The song i chose to use is 'Schism' by tool "renowned for its use of uncommon time signatures and the frequency of its meter changes. In one analysis of the song, the song alters meter 47 times.The song begins with two bars of 5/4, followed by one bar of 4/4, followed by bars of alternating 5/8 and 7/8, until the first interlude, which consists of alternating bars of 6/8 and 7/8. The following verse exhibits a similar pattern to the first, alternating bars of 5/8 and 7/8. The next section is bars of 6/4 followed by one bar of 11/8. This takes the song back into alternating 5/8 and 7/8. Another 6/8 and 7/8 section follows, and after this the song goes into repeating 7/8 bars. The middle section is subsequently introduced, consisting of three bars of 6/8, one bar of 3/8, and one bar of 3/4 repeating several times. At one point it interrupts with two bars of 6/8 followed by a bar of 4/8, twice. A bar of 5/8 is played before the meter switches back to 6/8 for two bars and 2/4 for one bar. This repeats, setting up another section: two bars of 9/8 followed by a bar of 10/8, that pattern again, and then a single bar of 9/8 followed by alternating bars of 6/8 and 7/8. The outro has alternating bars of 5/8 and 7/8, ending with alternating 6/8, 2/8 that one could interpret as pulsing with a 4/4 feel. The band has referred to the time signature as 6.5/8. (from Wikipedia)".
Long story short, you can change your time signature whilst staying in tempo to change the feel of your song/film. A 4/4 makes you feel comfortable while a 5/8 has an uneasiness to it that puts you on edge. When converting this into an edit you can make your audience feel on edge without them even realising it.