Interlocking and euclidean rhythms

Francisco Gómez-Martín, Perouz Taslakian, Godfried Toussaint

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Several operations on Euclidean rhythms based on musical motivations are defined. The operations defined are complementation, alternation, and decomposition. Some mathematical properties are proved for each and the conditions under which a given operation preserves the Euclidean property are examined. Finally, connections are shown to interlocking Euclidean rhythms and tiling canons, and tiling quasi-canons are introduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-30
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Mathematics and Music
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Alternation
  • Complement
  • Decomposition
  • Euclidean rhythms
  • Interlocking rhythms
  • Operations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Music
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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