time signature

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time signature

Music a sign usually consisting of two figures, one above the other, the upper figure representing the number of beats per bar and the lower one the time value of each beat. This sign is placed after the key signature at the outset of a piece or section of a piece
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He was also one of the first jazz pianists to experiment with unusual time signatures and often improvised in two keys at the same time.
As always strong melodies and unusual time signatures are high on the agenda, all underpinned by those trademark Stranglers bass lines and keyboard runs, which brought them major mainstream success with hits Golden Brown, No More Heroes, Peaches, Always the Sun, and Skin Deep.
Unusual time signatures figure large but being a band that plays together, there's no awkwardness to any of the performances.