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Oct 2016
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" Schism"

is a song by American Metal band Tool from their album Lateralis. Tool won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song .

Most of the songs on Lateralus use math and science as metaphors for human issues.

"Schism" is known as a prime example of Tool's use of complex rhythms and changing meters and 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.[5] 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 three 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 9
8 bars. The section ends with the music hanging suspended over a bar of 9
8.

The middle section is subsequently introduced at 3:29, maintaining a group of three bars of 6
8 then one of 9
8 until 5:02. Then a series of 8
4, 10
4, 8
4, 8
4, then 9
8 heading into "Between supposed lovers..." which is a three bar group of 9
8, 10
8 and 9
8, played twice.

It breaks down with a measure of 13
8 then 9
8. 5
8 then 9
8 repeats 3 times then 5
8 and 6
8 once. The signature riff takes over again, 5
8 then 7
8. The final riff is 8
8.

The band has referred to the time signature as 6 1⁄2
8.[6]



 

stevev

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Apr 2017
3,179
Las Vegas, NV USA

This was written by Richard Harris who is also the original artist. However Donna Summer's cover sold more records. I wonder why.
 
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