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Published on Aug 8, 2012
The challenge is to tap exactly in time with one of the parts in the video. Then continue tapping at the same tempo as best you can through the silences. When the sound and the bounce come back on again - do you hit the first beat exactly in time with the note and the bounce? For an extreme challenge for an advanced percussionist, can you keep in time in the same way with two of the rhythms in this video independently, one with each hand. If anyone can do that then you have achieved the ultimate in polyrhythmic independence of your hands I think :). I wonder if anyone can master that also for three or even all four parts playing one with each hand and one with each foot, and to keep them all in perfect time through the silences, is that humanly possible?
To do this properly play exactly in time with the beats - that makes it easier in some ways as that's only possible if you are very exactly in tempo with the beats all the time.
Your taps should merge with the played sounds - so close that every single one of your taps is neither before nor behind the click but exactly in time so that it sounds like a single note.
The rhythm played is 1/4, g/4, g^2/4 and g^3/4 where g is the golden ratio. This is a rhythm with all the parts as out of sync with each other as it is possible to be in a well defined mathematical sense - so making it a tough challenge, no easy ratios for the tempo like 4:2 or even things like 6:5 etc.