Q: Is rhythm the timing of events on a human scale? ¶
A: Yes, of musical sounds and silences that occur over time, of the steps of a dance, or the meter of spoken language and poetry.
Q: Was rhythm central for the achievement of the specific neurological state of the battle trance? ¶
A: Yes, and crucial for the development of the effective defense system of early hominids.
Q: Is rhythm marked by the regulated succession of opposite elements? ¶
A: Yes, and the dynamics of the strong and weak beat, the played beat and the inaudible but implied rest beat, the long and short note.
Q: Is rhythm often confused with the concept of "tempo", with people erroneously referring to a certain rhythm as being "slow" or "fast"? ¶
A: Yes, Speed cannot be a specification for a certain rhythm, as the same rhythm can occur at any tempo.
Q: Was rhythm developed in the early stages of hominid evolution by the forces of natural selection? ¶
A: Yes, Plenty of animals walk rhythmically and hear the sounds of the heartbeat in the womb, but only humans have the ability to be engaged in rhythmically coordinated vocalizations and other activities.
Q: Is rhythm the durations and patterns produced by amalgamating all sounding parts of a musical texture? ¶
Q: Are rhythms open-ended and repetitive? ¶
Q: Is rhythm called syncopated rhythm? ¶