The Rhythm of Nature

Here is an example of nature creating a groove. These are two different raindrop streams falling from a gutter, one playing three beats against the other’s four. They are slightly different tempos so they go in and out of phase with other, similar to Steve Reich’s Phasing Music.  They cycle back and forth between a strong three against four – which is often found in West African rhythms – to where they are almost, but not completely in lockstep. This creates an effect that drummers call flamming.

There’s a Christmas song that has this rhythm. What’s it called?

Is this music?  It is to me.  Music is in the listening I think.

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