Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Fourth Birthday OTO!

Oddtime Obsessed Turns 4 Today!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010


Rainbow in the Dark has gone to the other side. The voice that channeled the essence of the soulhome was always an inspiration and comforting to my existence on this earthplane. In his iconess, he told us about Heaven & Hell, Being Last in Line, Hoochie Coochie women (early career), Wishing Wells, Dragons & Demons and on many occasions warned us to Look Out. Besides being so prolifically cool, he also played with my all-time favorite band; Black Sabbath and in it latest incarnation: Heaven and Hell, I will miss him so. His music was a gift to many and will live on.

Although he is not known for exploring odd meters, here is one gem you can't help but groove to. From early in his career:

Gambler, Gambler - by: Elf album: Elf 4/4, 6/4, 5/4

RIP DIO ;'-(
- BetZe Tune in


Friday, May 14, 2010

Expresso by Gong from Wingful of Eyes

Check out this cool oddness from Gong - I hear 6/4, 4/4, 5/4 and some 10/4 what do you hear?

Expresso - by Gong from Wingful of Eyes

Still Keepin' it ODD,
BetZe13 Tune in


Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day

Well to most, this day brings thoughts of Spring, flowers, maypoles and perhaps labour parties - but to me it brings thoughts of FIVE, thats 5/4 and 5/8 of course, and some wishful thinking of 5/16. Whether you celebrate this day as Beltane, International Worker's Day or Lei Day, it wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the fifth month of the year. Just think what would life be like if there was not a fifth month, or (shudder the thought) if there was no FIVE at all. So let us honor and celebrate this number with some meteric coolness.

Whether you like 5 in a straight 5/4 song .....
Medicine - Monster Magnet 5/4

or if its just accented with a bit of 5/4 .....
Barracuda - Heart 4/4, 5/4

or if its a very famous 5/8 song .....
Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet 5/8

..... whatever your preference is, give yourself permission today to dive into the five jive, live in your hive.

cinco bien,
BetZe13 Tune in


Sunday, April 4, 2010


Well well if it isn't this day......
Four Four a common bore
Why do we feel such musical safety in you?
Oh Four tell me no more
Why do you dominate mass musical consciousness?
Oh Four Four it's Five's turn to be the core...

BetZe13 Tune in


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Confessions Pt.1

Well I do confess, I like music with a 4 base - sometimes. And Pentagram has been discovery and deviation of mine for the past year. This album is quite magical to me and it grooves, enough to make me listen to it everyday for almost a year now. Could they do it in 5, 7, 13? Don't know, and don't care. Whats important is where they are coming from, that sacred 70s realm. I got a chance to see them last night here in LA. The singer was the only original member at this performance and Wow..., he is one of a kind. I swear he gets possessed when he performs. Either that or he is always possessed and is more transparent when he channels his voice. hummm Anywho, can't wait to see them again. This four is certainly not a bore.

But don't tell anyone my four possession.

-B Tune in


Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Sort of Odd Rhythms of Alice in Chains

So I've been playing lots of Alice in Chains lately. Why you may ask? Well I am not going to say, but what I will say is this band is all about the vocals and guitar and the bass has a simple job. But what I have discovered is that they have created some interesting and feasibly accessible rhythms and at a slower tempo that gives them that unmistakable feel. If you listened to the radio in the early mid 90's I'm sure you did hear some of these tunes:

Them Bones - 7/8, 4/4
Dam That River - 6/4, 4/4
Rain When I Die - 6/4, 4/4
Sickman - 3/4, 4/4
Angry Chair - I hear 12/8, but could be considered 6/8 or 3/8 (not really odd) and there is some 4/4 in there too.
Nutshell - this is in 4/4, but it has 6 bar phrases that creates some opening to the mind, yet remains comfortably familiar.

Always lookin' for the ODDness,
BetZe13 Tune in


Friday, January 15, 2010

My Ode to Odd Time

My Ode to Odd Time

7/8 is great but not if the drummer hesitates
9/4 is never a bore with the right kind of score
17/16 can be quite obscene
but not as bad as
7/16 which has been seen to be quite mean
13/8 is not to hate as long as its played at a reasonable rate
21/4 sure is a favorite on the Zappa tour
9/16 under most circumstances remains keen
although 5/16 unfortunately is not in my rhythmic genes
but on a similar note 3/8 is difficult to coordinate
but will have your date subordinate
5/4 will have you at the door asking for more
15/16 has never been described as a serene green
and at the other end of the spectrum
6/8 qualifies as pinnate and did you know that
4/4 is never found in mathcore
9/8 can be mistakenly innately
3/4 which is never a poor chore in contrast to
3/16 which is a bit lean to be clean
11/8 is not to abbreviate or the results might annihilate
13/16 in my book remains the hook of the queen and on top of that
5/8 is my favorite warning of fate but most of all
7/4 is the one that I truly adore

I'm Odd,
-BetZe13 Tune in