Structural properties of euclidean rhythms

Francisco Gómez-Martín, Perouz Taslakian, Godfried Toussaint

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In this paper we investigate the structure of Euclidean rhythms and show that a Euclidean rhythm is formed of a pattern, called the main pattern, repeated a certain number of times, followed possibly by one extra pattern, the tail pattern. We thoroughly study the recursive nature of Euclidean rhythms when generated by Bjorklund's algorithm, one of the many algorithms that generate Euclidean rhythms. We make connections between Euclidean rhythms and Bezout's theorem. We also prove that the decomposition obtained is minimal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Mathematics and Music
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Euclidean rhythms
  • Maximally even

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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