Ok, this is something I read about and decided to give it a quick try, and it’s a *really* neat thing to do in music.
Take a quick listen to this clip. It’s not long, and it’s not mixed or even well thought out, it’s just something I wanted to see if I could pull off. Listen to it first, then continue reading. See if you can figure out the interesting pattern I used.
The bass line is in 5/4 time, while everything else is in 4/4. This creates a longer stretch where you can repeat a phrase while maintaining musical interest over the repetition. Since it takes 5 full measures to repeat, it doesn’t get as stale as fast.
Pretty neat trick, and I of course need to work on actually making something a bit more melodically interesting with it, but it’s neat to see that actually work.