A genre that really exists - Math Rock

Updated: Oct 8


Math Rock genre image from The Riff

Math Rock is a style of progressive and indie rock.


Personally, I was thrilled to find this sub-genre. It felt to me, as if it was built just for people like me who love rock music, and enjoy the sophisticated structure of jazz.



The term began as a joke but has developed into the accepted name for the musical style.

While most rock music uses a 4/4 pattern, Math rock makes use of more non-standard, frequently changing time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8, 11/8, or 13/8.


As in traditional rock, the sound is most often dominated by guitars and drums. However, drums play a greater role in math rock in providing driving complex rhythms.

Math rock guitarists make use of tapping techniques and loop pedals to build on these rhythms. Lyrics are generally not the focus of math rock; the voice is treated as just another instrument in the mix.


I created a very short playlist with 3 math rock songs I liked. Give it a try, you might find it as your new favorite genre...



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Sources I used: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Math_rock

https://everynoise.com/everynoise1d.cgi?root=math rock&scope=deep only

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